Brewers prospect trade chip #4: OF Hendry Mendez
Hendry Mendez is another success story from the international ranks for the Brewers. He's still just 19 years old and is already playing in High-A Wisconsin. He's battled injuries a bunch this year but when healthy, he's been good.
Jackson Chourio wasn't the only 18 year old in A-ball last year, Mendez was right alongside him. Last year for the Mudcats, Mendez hit a solid .244 with a .357 OBP, five homers, 62 walks and 70 strikeouts. His hit tool and plate discipline are his standout tools at the plate. Mendez had one of the lowest strikeout rates in Low-A last year, which is remarkable for such a young player.
Mendez being an outfielder when the Brewers are absolutely stacked at the position makes him a little more expendable in trade talks. Yes, a player like Mendez who doesn't strike out much is certainly a good one to have, but you have to give something to get something in trade negotiations. The Brewers being so loaded at Mendez's position means he likely won't be able to crack the big league team in a few years when he's ready. While it's too early to call him "blocked", the Brewers may look to move him while his value is high.
Mendez is another prospect in the 10-15 range in the Brewers system, which is the range the Brewers are likely more willing to move from to still get themselves more than just a bench bat to help out the offense.
Being such an advanced hitter at such a young age and already reaching High-A says quite a bit about how talented Mendez is. The Brewers have taken notice of that and other teams have as well.