Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer Julio Mendez was taken to a hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. This occurred after he took a baseball to the chest .
Reports state that Mendez received CPR and defibrillators on site. He is in stable condition now, but it was a scary moment for the Milwaukee Brewers young third baseman. More information can be found here.
Mendez signed with the Milwaukee in 2013 and has been moving up the system ever since. The 20 year old infielder has made it as high as rookie ball, which is where the incident occurred. For his career, he is hitting .241. There is potential there, that is why he got signed at 17 years old.
The issue of reaching his potential can be called into question. First and foremost, Mendez needs to be okay and healthy. That is the most important thing. After that he will need to be able to return to baseball activities. But after all of that, he needs to be mentally strong. An event like this can shake even the strongest mental players.
It is a scary moment that could leave scars on the young player. The hope is that he will come back as he was before. He was trending upward. During his longest stint in the same league this year he was hitting .255. While not a number that jumps off of the page, it is improvement.
Thankfully, Mendez is okay. He is in a stable condition. It is still critical condition, but stable is a good sign. If things remain stable the chances of a full recovery increase by a ton.
This is a scary part of the game but unfortunately it happens. Events like this are no ones fault, they just happen. Cardiac problems due to being hit by a ball may be rare, but clearly not impossible. It is sad to see it happen ever. Hopefully Mendez has a speedy recovery, and comes back better than he was before. That is all fans of the Milwaukee Brewers can hope for.