Phillies Prospect Breakdown: Hendry Mendez, OF, Jersey Shore Blue Claws, A

The Player

Mendez’s contact skills steadily improved as an amateur. Leading the Brewers to sign him in 2021 for $800,000. He made it to Low-A in his first full year as a pro and was one of the youngest players in the Carolina League. He missed significant time in 2023 with injuries to his ankle and hamstring, then made up for a lost time in the Arizona Fall League. Then he was traded to the Phillies as part of a two-player package that brought Oliver Dunn to Milwaukee.

After being limited to just 66 regular-season games, Mendez still makes plenty of contact but with very little impact. Just 16 of his 64 hits went for extra bases. He rarely misses when he swings, but he didn’t find the barrel particularly often either.

His bat path is more of a chopping stroke that naturally produces far too many grounders. He has speed enough to be serviceable in a corner but still needs to improve his routes and jumps. His average arm strength would fit in both left and right field. Because he’s limited to a corner, there’s more pressure to add strength to his frame and produce more thump.

Projection

Mendez will play all of the 2024 season at 20 years old and could begin at High-A Jersey Shore.

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