Mendez allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out three for High-A Down East on Saturday.
This was Mendez's second consecutive quality start since being demoted from the majors all the way down to High-A following his involvement in an incident that violated team rules. If the Rangers' organization gets to a point where they feel Mendez has learned from his transgression, the right-hander could have a role for the major-league club during the second half of the season. As a non-contender for the postseason, the Rangers' current starting rotation consists of pitchers all over 30 years of age. Conventional wisdom suggests they should be prepping guys like Mendez for a possible spot in the 2019 rotation.
Mendez allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out nine over 6.1 innings for High-A Down East.
This was Mendez's first start since he was demoted to the High-A Carolina league following a disciplinary matter. Mendez had reached the majors and was expected to be there for multiple starts while Doug Fister (knee) was sidelined, but the 23-year-old right-hander got involved in an incident that violated team rules and was demoted three levels to High-A. Presumably, Mendez will need to show a behavioral change, more than good results on the field, to get back to where he was prior to the demotion.
Mendez was transferred to High-A Down East in order to work on his approach, preparation and condition, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Mendez was recently optioned to Triple-A Round Rock for violating team rules, so this announcement appears to be linked to whatever sort of infraction he committed. The 23-year-old left-hander has appeared in two games for the Rangers this year and was currently sporting a 5.26 ERA with Round Rock across 51.1 innings as a starter.
Mendez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday for violating team rules, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Per Sullivan, general manager Jon Daniels wouldn't specify what Mendez did, though he confirmed that it wasn't anything involving police or MLB. Austin Bibens-Dirkx is slated to start in place of Mendez on Wednesday.
Mendez (0-1) allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout over just three innings in a loss Friday to the Rockies.
Mendez had nothing against the Rockies, as he induced just three swinging strikes and was touched up for five straight hits in a six-run second inning. That's about what we'd expect from Mendez's poor minor league performance, as he owned a 5.26 ERA over 10 starts for Triple-A Round Rock before receiving the call-up for Friday's start. Doug Fister is expected to miss at least one more turn with a knee injury, so Mendez could get one more call, but Friday's performance wasn't exactly inspiring. If he does get another start, it would likely come Wednesday against Kansas City.
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