South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect 53: Harvin Mendoza

Whompin’ and whumpin’: Mendoza cooled in the second half, but his bat is for real. (Phrake Photography/South Side Hit Pen)



Harvin Mendoza
First Baseman
6´2´´
175 pounds
Age: 21
SSHP rank among all first basemen in the system: 3
2019 SSS Top Prospect Rank: 82
2020 SSS Top Prospect Vote ranking: 47

Harvin Mendoza was one of four players acquired on International Signing Day in 2015, along with infielder Brayant Nova, Franklin Reyes and some guy named Fernando Tatís Jr. At the time of the signing, Ben Badler of Baseball America said, “Mendoza is limited to an outfield corner, but there were scouts who liked his left-handed swing, ability to use the opposite field and hang in well for his against left-handed pitching.”

Mendoza spent his first two seasons (2016-17) in the DSL where he posted good numbers but with little power, as he combined to slash .281/.389/.358 with two homers, 61 RBIs, 78 walks (17.7%) and 76 strikeouts (17.2%) in 125 overall games.

The Venezuela native appeared stateside with the AZL White Sox for the 2018 season, and produced slightly better numbers in 39 games by slashing .314/.381/.409 with no homers, 23 RBIs, 12 walks (7.7%) and 12 strikeouts.

In 2019 with Great Falls, Mendoza sacrificed strikeouts for power and produced a .278/.362/.457 slash line with 17 doubles, three triples, six homers, 29 RBIs, 27 walks (10.4%) and 48 strikeouts (18.5%) in 62 games. His numbers were terrific in the first half of the season (.311/.393/.538) but slipped in the second (.243/.328/.360). He hit righties well this year (.301/.373/.519), but struggled against southpaws (.191/.321/.213).

Mendoza has the projectable size to hit more homers going forward, as he is quite a bit larger than his official 175 pounds. Expect him to begin next season with Kannapolis.

 

Deep Dive: White Sox rookie league first basemen

Starvin for Harvin: Mendoza enjoyed the best OPS (.819) of all White Sox first basemen who finished this season in the rookie leagues. (@gfvoyagers)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

This article delves into the first basemen who finished the year with Great Falls, along with the Arizona and Dominican League affiliates. While there’s nobody here that is a Top 30 organizational prospect as of yet, there are a couple of interesting bats worth watching here — especially with Great Falls.

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Great Falls Voyagers

Harvin Mendoza
6´2´´
175 pounds
B/T: L/L
Age: 21

Mendoza was one of four players signed on International Signing Day in 2015, along with infielder Brayant Nova, Franklin Reyes and some guy named Fernando Tatís Jr. At the time of the signing, Ben Badler of Baseball America said, “Mendoza is limited to an outfield corner, but there were scouts who liked his left-handed swing, ability to use the opposite field and hang in well for his against left-handed pitching.”

Mendoza spent his first two seasons (2016-17) in the DSL where he posted good numbers but with little power, as he combined to slash .281/.389/.358 with two homers, 61 RBIs, 78 walks (17.7%) and 76 strikeouts (17.2%) in a combined 125 games.

The Venezuela native appeared stateside with the AZL White Sox for the 2018 season, and produced slightly better numbers in 39 games by slashing .314/.381/.409 with no homers, 23 RBIs, 12 walks (7.7%) and 12 strikeouts.

This year with Great Falls, he sacrificed strikeouts for power and produced a .278/.362/.457 slash line with 17 doubles, three triples, six homers, 29 RBIs, 27 walks (10.4%) and 48 strikeouts (18.5%) in 62 games. His numbers were terrific in the first half of the season (.311/.393/.538) but slipped in the second (.243/.328/.360). He hit righties well this year (.301/.373/.519), but struggled against southpaws (.191/.321/.213). Mendoza has the projectable size to hit more homers going forward, as he is quite a bit larger than his official 175 pounds. Expect him to begin next season with Kannapolis.

Sam Abbott
6´4´´
225 pounds
B/T: L/R
Age: 20

A three-time state MVP in water polo at Curtis High School in University Place, Wash., Abbott had a partial scholarship to stay on that path at Long Beach State. But in the spring of 2017 — the spring he thought would be his last for competitive baseball — he batted .438 (21-for-61) with eight doubles, two home runs and 18 RBIs to earn an eighth round draft selection by the White Sox. That year with the AZL White Sox, he got off to a good start and showed good patience at the plate. However, he struggled making contact, which caused him to slash just .225/.344/.275 with 17 walks (13.8%) and 38 strikeouts (30.9%) in 102 at-bats.

Abbott got off to an extremely difficult start with the AZL White Sox in 2018, but salvaged his season somewhat as he found his power late in the season. Overall, though, Abbott slashed just .139/.347/.306 in 72 at-bats with three doubles, three homers, nine RBIs, 18 walks (18.9%) and 33 strikeouts (34.7%) in 72 at-bats.

In 2019 with Great Falls, Abbott still fanned far too frequently but started making harder contact. In 58 games and 181 at-bats with the Voyagers, he slashed .238/.355/.459 while producing 13 doubles, nine homers, 27 RBIs, 26 walks (12.0%) and 79 strikeouts (36.4%). He hit .212/.350/.455 against lefties and fared a bit better versus righties (.243/.356/.450). Abbott does have a great degree of patience for someone so young as he’s walked 14% of the time during his professional career; however, that patience has also led to a seriously high strikeout rate of 34.5%.

With Tyler Osik likely to begin the 2020 season with Kannapolis, it may be between Mendoza and Abbott as to who could join him for 1B/DH duties. While Abbott has the better power potential, Mendoza is more likely to win that promotion due to being a more polished hitter. Even though Abbott may return to Great Falls to begin the 2020 season, he likely will end the year with Kannapolis.

Franklin Reyes
6´4´´
225 pounds
B/T: R/R
Age: 21

Reyes, like Mendoza, was an outfielder when the White Sox gave him a $1.5 million signing bonus in 2015. Reyes, a Dominican native whose brother Franmil played for the Padres and Indians this year, was actually given a 70 grade for power — higher than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the time. Unfortunately, Reyes also came with a 30 grade hit tool per MLB, while Baseball America described his approach as being “aggressive, raw, with a lot of swing-and-miss, especially against breaking pitches” and they called his swing “long and loopy.”

His first professional season (2016) saw him slash just .171/.189/.251 in 217 at-bats with the AZL White Sox as he hit 10 doubles, two triples, one homer, and 16 RBIs while walking just five times (2.3%) and striking out 71 (32.7%). Reyes played in Great Falls the following year, and although his stats did improve, he still produced disappointing results: .249/.270/.361 in 241 at-bats with 12 doubles five homers, 34 RBIs, five walks (2.0%) and 68 strikeouts (27.2%).

Reyes has missed the past two seasons due to back injuries. If he’s healthy in 2020, expect Reyes to return to Great Falls and hopefully tap into his immense potential.


AZL White Sox

Sidney Pimentel
6´1´´
160 pounds
B/T: S/R
Other positions played: Second base, Shortstop, Third base
Age: 19

Pimentel, a native of the Dominican Republic, signed with the White Sox on International Signing Day in 2017. The Dominican Prospect League said of him at the time, “Pimentel has the length and range for SS and possesses soft hands that allow him to field grounders and get rid of the ball without wasted movement.” They also note that Pimentel is built to be a leadoff hitter that “sprays balls into the gaps.”

Unfortunately, Pimentel hasn’t done much with the bat yet. In 2018 for the DSL White Sox in 17 games, he slashed just .167/.219/.300 with two doubles, two homers, seven RBIs, two stolen bases, four walks (6.3%) and 18 strikeouts (28.1%). This year for the AZL White Sox, Pimentel slashed .181/.271/.219 in 27 games as he produced four doubles, eight RBIs, 10 walks (8.5%) and 40 strikeouts (33.9%).

His best attribute to date has been his defensive versatility, as he played all four infield positions while committing just four errors. Pimentel, with his size, essentially played out of position this year, as he’s better suited for a middle-infield slot.


DSL White Sox

Matthew Mercedes
6´1´´
195 pounds
B/T: R/R
Other positions played: Left field
Age: 21

Mercedes, the son of baseball scout Edgar Mercedes, signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates during 2016’s International Signing Day as a soon-to-be 18-year-old. He didn’t get into his first professional action until the following year, when he scuffled a bit by slashing .237/.323/.297 in 39 games with seven doubles, 11 RBIs, 10 walks (7.5%) and 18 strikeouts (13.4%). Mercedes improved with the DSL Pirates in 2018, as he slashed .257/.359/.440 in 39 games with five doubles, five homers, 28 RBIs, 13 walks (10.2%) and just 10 strikeouts (7.8%). However, despite his improved numbers, the Pirates released him at season’s end. The White Sox signed him as an international free agent less than three months later.

Mercedes returned to the DSL for a third season and enjoyed his best season to date: .328/.400/.440 in 40 games with 10 doubles, one triple, one homer, 30 RBIs, 16 walks (10.3%) and 14 strikeouts (9.0%). Mercedes played against opponents more than two years younger on average this year, so his results can be taken with a grain of salt. Walking more than he has struck out in each of the past two years, Mercedes should be a good fit for the AZL White Sox in 2020. How far he progresses will likely depend upon his ability to hit the ball over the fence, because he plays a premier power position.

Alberto Bernal
6´1´´
215 pounds
B/T: R/R
Age: 17

Bernal, a native of Cuba, received a $250,000 signing bonus as he was selected by the White Sox on 2018’s International Signing Day. Recognized as a young man with power potential, he received his first game action this year but scuffled. Bernal was young (even by DSL standards) this year, and slashed .167/.361/.270 in 43 games with five doubles, a triple, two homers, 16 RBIs, 33 walks (19.4%) and 55 strikeouts (32.4%). His high walk rate indicates a promising degree of patience for someone so young. Expect Bernal to return to the DSL for the 2020 season, where his stats should improve significantly.


White Sox Minor League Update: August 19, 2019

Bless our gal Laura Wolff, all offseason she ought make a mint off of these Yoán-Luis shots she’s taken over the past week or so. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)


Charlotte Knights 13, Durham Bulls 11

MVP
Yoán Moncada (3B) 2-for-5, HR (2) 3 RBI (5), 2 R, K, E (1) (.353 BA, 1.059 OPS)

Runner-Up
Yermín Mercedes (DH) 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (15), 2 RBI (52) BB (.312 BA, 1.050 OPS)

Notables
Luis Robert (CF) 1-for-4, HR (12), 3 RBI (31), 3 K (.305 BA, 1.002 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (2B) 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (2), 2 K (.290 BA, .729 OPS)
Daniel Palka (RF) 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B (23) (.273 BA, .929 OPS)
Kyle Kubat (SP) 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R/3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (5-1), 81 pitches/52 strikes (4.84 ERA)
Caleb Frare (RP) 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K (7.58 ERA)
Thyago Vieira (RP) 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, HR, 26 pitches/13 strikes (5.80 ERA)
José Ruiz (RP) IP, 2 K, Sv (5), 14 pitches/11 strikes (1.04 ERA)

A barnburner in Durham, where the Knights prevailed to take a one-game edge in the wild card race. Charlotte jumped out to a huge lead, up 11-1 at one point, courtesy of one very, very long ball.

Even as Durham climbed back into this one, the long balls continued.

Things got a bit hairy, as the ball was flying out and putting the bull in jeopardy all night. Hardest-hit among Charlotte’s corps were Caleb Frare and Thyago Vieira, who combined for leak six earned in fewer than two innings. But all’s well that ends, as José Ruiz brought the game to a merciful end with a lockdown ninth, for his fifth save.

Oh, and in the category of burying the lede, NICK MADRIGAL STRUCK OUT TWICE! ohgodohgodohgodohgod


Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Birmingham Barons 2

MVP
Bernardo Flores (SP) 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 8 K, HR, L (3-7), 79 pitches/56 strikes (3.12 ERA)

Runner-Up
Kodi Medeiros (RP) 2 IP, H, K, 34 pitches/20 strikes (5.23 ERA)

Notable
Luis González (CF) 1-for-3, R, RBI (55) (.248 BA, .678 OPS)

Tough game for the home team, handcuffed on just three hits and five total baserunners. With no offensive highlights, let’s shine the light on a couple of strong pitching performances. Bernardo Flores was strong; while seven hits and a homer aren’t great over six innings, eight Ks and no walks sure are. Kodi Medeiros continues to shine out of the pen, with two clean innings tonight. Disappointing Birmingham falls to 56-67 on the season, and for the affiliate who looked strongest coming into the season, it’s a head-scratcher.


Missoula Osprey 4, Great Falls Voyagers 1 (Game 1)

Missoula Osprey 1, Great Falls Voyagers 0 (Game 2, eight innings)

MVPs
Jason Morgan (SP) 6 IP, CG, 6 H, 4 R/3 ER, BB, K, 2 HR, L (2-5), 71 pitches/46 strikes (5.11 ERA) (Game 1)
Harvin Mendoza (1B) 2-for-5, RBI (24), BB, 2B (12) (.322 BA, .937 OPS) (Game 2)

Runners-Up
Luis Curbelo (3B) 1-for-6, 3B (4), R, K, E (6) (.253 BA, .733 OPS) (Game 1)
Sammy Peralta (RP) 2 IP, H, K, pickoff, 30 pitches/20 strikes (1.69 ERA) (Game 2)

Notables
Caberea Weaver (CF) 1-for-5, 2B (11), BB, 4 K (.256 BA, .687 OPS)
Lency Delgado (SS) 1-for-6, 4 K, 2 E (13)

Seriously, these results are so terrible, I’m just going to combine the writeups. Gross. One run scored over 15 innings, six total hits, four errors. It was a second straight strong start for Jason Morgan in the opener, pitching a slightly sloppy but nonetheless complete game (seven-inning doubleheader game). The hitters behind him were godawful, trailed by Caberea Weaver’s rough 0-for-3, 3 K game at the leadoff spot. Game 2 wasn’t much better, although at least the Voyagers managed to squeeze another offensively impotent game into extras. However, in the eight inning, Luis Curbelo’s throwing error (his second of the twinbill) allowed the extras-opening runner on second to score — game over. The pitching lines were odd, in that GFV pitchers picked off three Osprey runners in the nightcap, and Caleb Freeman managed to get the loss (0-1) despite coaxing a strikeout and ground ball from the two batters he faced. Great Falls drops to 23-32 on the year, and it appears it will not have a chance to defend its Pioneer League title in this season.


AZL Royals 7, AZL White Sox 3

MVP
Micker Adolfo (DH) 4-for-5, 2B (4), HR (2), RBI (2) (.290 BA, 1.018 OPS)

Runner-Up
Vlad Nuñez Jr. (RP) 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K (3.33 ERA)

Notables
Hector Acosta (SP) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, K, L (1-8) (6.32 ERA)
James Beard (CF) 1-for-4, RBI (10), SB (7) (.189 BA, .511 OPS)
Bryan Ramos (1B) 2-for-4, R, K (.259 BA, .731 OPS)
Antbony Coronado (RF) 2-for-4, R, RBI (12) (.326 BA, .883 OPS)

It was not a great all-around game for any AZL Sox not named Micker or Vlad. Adolfo seems ready to perhaps take some cuts against better competition — although that may have to wait until the AFL. His four hits and eight total bases did as much as possible to keep our kids in league with the Royals, but ultimately, some poor pitching from starter Hector Acosta and reliever Joseph Jarneski did the club in. Acosta had just one bad inning, the second, but a crooked number like a 5 in a frame makes it tough for your club to rally. And rally, the AZL White Sox did not.


DSL White Sox vs. DSL Orioles1 (postponed, rain)

White Sox Minor League Update: August 15, 2019

Almost perfect: John Parke had a magical game for Birmingham on Thursday. (Hannah Stone/Birmingham Barons)

Charlotte Knights 7, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K (.288 BA, .675 OPS)
Luis Robert: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.323 BA, 1.025 OPS) **MVP**
Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K (.282 BA, .938 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K (.224 BA, .792 OPS)
Justin Nicolino: 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (6.05 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)
Matt Foster: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (3.51 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)

A power barrage gave the Knights enough run support to withstand the late-inning RailRiders rally to win, 7-5. The Knights hit four home runs tonight, including three that helped them get out to a 6-1 lead. Seby Zavala started the power surge with a solo homer in the second. Luis Robert, who had been slumping (for him) at the plate, crushed a solo homer in the third. Zack Collins hit another bomb in the sixth that finally pushed the Knights that 6-1 lead. Meanwhile, the pitching obviously had to be pretty good. Justin Nicolino cruised through six innings with just one earned run and four hits allowed. The seventh inning give him some trouble, as Nicolino allowed three runs in the inning off of two home runs — yeah, it was a home run kind of night. Thanks to Matt Foster, who earned the save in the ninth, and Daniel Palka, who added the last run for the Knights via a homer, the win was sealed.


Birmingham Barons 2, Mississippi Braves 1

Luis Basabe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.245 BA, .653 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.260 BA, .665 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 3-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.274 BA, .769 OPS)
John Parke: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (2.47 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) **MVP**
Codi Heuer: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (1.96 ERA, 1.13 WHIP)

A long pitchers’ duel finally fell Birmingham’s way in a late, 2-1 win. John Parke was outstanding, throwing seven shutout innings and took a perfect game into the seventh inning. Parke allowed one hit, but the most amazing part of his performance was the fact he only had two punch outs. Instead, he relied on 18 outs in play — and when that many balls go into play, there will probably be a few errors. The Barons had two errors during the game, one that was costly.

Birmingham had nine hits, including three extra-base hits. They just weren’t able to string any together until the eighth, when Laz Rivera drove in Luis Basabe for the first run of the game. Codi Heuer took over for Parke after one batter faced (reaching on an error by Ti’Quan Forbes). Now, that error came around to score, but since it was an error, the run was unearned. On top of that, since Heuer was on the mound when the run scored, he was credited with a blown save without any run being tied to him, or that run even being earned. Baseball has some weird scoring. In the ninth, Forbes made up for that error when he drove in the game-winning run with a double ,and this time, Heuer didn’t let anyone get home, earning the win.


Winston-Salem Dash 6, Carolina Mudcats 4

Steele Walker: 2-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.283 BA, .798 OPS)
Tyler Frost: 3-for-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.260 BA, .773 OPS) **MVP**
Andrew Vaughn: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (.265 BA, .826 OPS)
Konnor Pilkington: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (5.54 ERA, 1.53 WHIP)
Andrew Perez: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (1.44 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
Jacob Lindgren: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (0.79 ERA, 0.88 WHIP)

Another close win for the Sox organization! This time, it was the Dash coming back late to take and hold the lead. Konnor Pilkington started the game and threw a lot of pitches. After getting just 12 outs, he already had 88 pitches and was pulled. I mean, it’s the end of the season, there’s no reason to push it, but Pilkington was doing all that bad. In four innings he only allowed one run, and had five strikeouts. However, by the end of the fifth, the Dash were down by one. Then a four-run sixth gave the Dash a lead they held until the end. Mitch Roman drove in the tying run to score Tyler Frost (who homered earlier in the game). Johan Cruz cleared the bases later, giving the dash a 5-2 lead. Though it got a little too close in the sixth, the bullpen was able to hold on for the last three innings thanks to Jacob Lindgren and Will Kincanon.


Lexington Legends 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.307 BA, .777 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (.244 BA, .642 OPS)
Tyler Osik: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.258 BA, .797 OPS) **MVP**
Jason Bilous: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (3.55 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)

The I’s got lucky to start, but very unlucky the rest of the way. In the first inning, Kannapolis scored two runs because of a fielding error. Tyler Osik doubled home those two runs, but that was really it for the I’s in terms of offense. For the rest of the game, they only tallied two more hits and no runs. Meanwhile, Jason Bilous did not have his best outing. He looked fine through the first two frames, but the third was trouble. He allowed three runs, including a homer, and was pulled after the inning. But the damage was done. The offense couldn’t get anything going, even with stellar performances out of the I’s pen, in the 4-2 loss.


Great Falls Voyagers 1, Rocky Mountain Vibes 0

Caberea Weaver: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (.257 BA, .685 OPS)
Harvin Mendoza: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K (.319 BA, .932 OPS)
Chase Solesky: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (6.46 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) **MVP**

The Voyagers win a game that only saw one run cross that plate. That lone run came in the fourth inning off of a sacrifice from Luis Curbelo that scored Caberea Weaver. That was all the GFV pitching needed. Chase Solesky started the game with four innings. Though he allowed the most hits of the Voyagers pitchers, he struck out five in what was his best outing of the year. Nate Pawelczyk and Karan Patel went the next four innings and only allowed one hit. Caleb Freeman came out for the ninth to close and struck out all three batters for his first save in the Pioneer League.


AZL Padres 3, AZL White Sox 2

José Rodriguez 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.277 ERA, .802 OPS)
Bryan Ramos: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.256 BA, .736 OPS)
Chase Krogman: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.167 BA, .334 OPS)
Yoelvin Silven: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K (2.25 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) **MVP**

The AZL Sox had the lead for much of the game, but the bullpen gave up the lead late. Yoelvin Silven had a fantastic start, which is why the Sox were in control for most of the game. He went six shutout innings and didn’t walk a single batter. He even struck out nine to lower his ERA to 2.25 in what was just his second start of the season (14th overall appearance). The offense gave Silven the lead in the first inning with a Bryan Ramos RBI single. However, once Silven left with the meager 1-0 lead, it quickly fell apart. The Padres scored a run in the last three innings of the game and took the lead twice in the process, in what was a bumpy game for the pen.


DSL Reds 7, DSL White Sox 6

Johnabiell Laureano: 3-for-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.373 BA, 1.020 OPS)
Benyamin Bailey: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.333 BA, .952 OPS)
Elijah Tatís: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K (.145 BA, .437 OPS)
Yolbert Sánchez: 0-for-1, 0 BB, 0 K (.239 BA, .670 OPS)
Ruben Benavides: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.333 BA, .987 OPS) **MVP**
Carlos Mola: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (5.63 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)

A back-and-forth game till the very end, but the DSL Sox come up with the loss. There were two big sticks for the Sox and they were Johnabiell Laureano and Ruben Benavides. Laureano had the most hits on the day with three, but Benavides brought the power. He hit his third home run of the year, a three-run shot that gave the Sox a brief lead. Alberto Bernal also added a home run of his own to tie the game, but the Sox pitching came up short. Carlos Mola started the game, and really did not do well. He allowed three runs, thanks to two home runs allowed. Though the bullpen was better overall, Edgar Navarro blew the save in the ninth as he allowed the tying and walk-off runs. For the notables, Benyamin Bailey was in the lineup but was mostly a non-factor with just one walk. Elijah Tatís had another 0-fer day today.