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Crystal Ball: Yohander Mendez, LHP, Texas Rangers

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One possible outcome for the young Rangers rookie

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Here's a Crystal Ball, by reader request, for Texas Rangers pitching prospect Yohander Mendez. This is the last Crystal Ball in the current series and we will move to other features.

The Crystal Ball is NOT a PREDICTION in the sense of me saying "this is how the guy will definitely turn out." The idea is to generate discussion about a player by presenting one possible outcome for his career, based on what we currently know about him.

I try to make them logical, based on the outcomes of players who were similar at the same stage of their career. Sometimes a CB represents a maximal outcome, sometimes it is more of a middle ground. You can pick out the imagined injuries, trades, and free agent signings.

A maximal outcome for Mendez would be something like Johan Santana. The one presented below is a "solid starter" outcome.

Yohander Mendez
Year Team G GS IP H R ER W L ERA K BB SV Age K/9 BB/9 H/9
2016 Rangers 2 0 3 5 6 6 0 0 18 0 2 0 21 0 6 15
2017 Rangers 12 8 46 48 26 25 3 3 4.89 37 18 0 22 7.24 3.52 9.391
2018 Rangers 29 7 72 68 29 25 5 4 3.13 66 33 1 23 8.25 4.13 8.5
2019 Rangers 33 33 197 187 89 86 11 11 3.93 169 68 0 24 7.72 3.11 8.543
2020 Rangers 32 32 215 199 89 85 15 10 3.56 198 77 0 25 8.29 3.22 8.33
2021 Rangers 27 27 165 177 88 84 8 11 4.58 145 68 0 26 7.91 3.71 9.655
2022 Rangers 8 8 50 51 25 24 2 3 4.32 38 22 0 27 6.84 3.96 9.18
2023 Rangers 31 31 189 178 77 75 13 10 3.57 152 67 0 28 7.24 3.19 8.476
2024 Marlins 34 34 222 210 90 80 20 9 3.24 189 70 0 29 7.66 2.84 8.514
2025 Marlins 32 32 222 208 97 94 13 14 3.81 170 65 0 30 6.89 2.64 8.432
2026 Marlins 24 24 170 135 57 55 11 6 2.91 133 59 0 31 7.04 3.12 7.147
2027 Marlins 30 30 179 190 98 95 8 14 4.78 98 49 0 32 4.93 2.46 9.553
2028 Marlins 29 29 172 180 103 97 9 11 5.08 103 76 0 33 5.39 3.98 9.419
2029 Marlins 56 0 63 69 29 27 2 3 3.86 50 27 2 34 7.14 3.86 9.857
2030 Rangers 45 0 48 50 20 20 4 3 3.75 31 22 2 35 5.81 4.13 9.375
424 295 2013 1955 923 878 124 112 3.93 1579 723 5 420 7.06 3.23 8.741