Moving forward with our series of player profiles for the 2016 MLB Draft, we stick with the high school ranks with a look at Drew Mendoza, an infielder from Lake Minneola High School in Minneola, Florida. Mendoza is widely considered to be one of the best prep hitters in the draft, but even a few hours before draft time it is unclear where he may land.
Mendoza has a classic third baseman's body at 6-4, 195 pounds. Hitting from the left side, he already shows advanced hitting and pitch recognition skills. His power is average at present but with a bit more physical maturity it isn't hard to see him hitting 20+ homers in the majors, with fine on-base skills in the mix. His best defensive tool is a very strong throwing arm, 60-grade, which would work well at third base or even right field if necessary. He plays shortstop at present but is widely-regarded as a future third baseman due to his size. His range would be stretched at short but should work well at third. He's not a fast runner but is mobile enough to play corner outfield if his hands or quickness don't prove viable at third.
Among high school hitters, Mendoza's bat is considered one of the safest. However, where he slots in the draft is still unclear. On talent alone he would be a late first rounder, but he has a strong commitment to Florida State University and rumors indicate he wants early first round money to pass that up. If he doesn't sign he could be a true offensive beast in college, setting himself up for another draft run in 2019.