Daniel Joseph Mengden
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- School Texas A&M University
- High School Westside High School (Houston)
- Debut June 11, 2016
Pitcher Daniel Mengden was a 4th round selection by the Houston Astros in the 2014 amateur draft, out of Texas A&M University. The scout was Noel Gonzales-Luna. After signing, he made his debut that same year by pitching 6 games between the GCL Astros and Tri-City ValleyCats, going 0-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings. In 2015, he began the season with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League, where he was 4-1, 1.16 in 8 games. In late May, he moved up to the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League and was 2-1, 5.26 after 10 games when on July 23rd, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with C Jacob Nottingham in return for major league starter Scott Kazmir. He finished the year with 8 starts for the Stockton Ports, still in the California League, going 4-2, 4.25. For the year, his combined record was 10-4, 3.72 with 125 Ks in 130 2/3 innings between the three stops.
Mengden was called up by the A's on June 11, 2016, to make his debut starting against the Cincinnati Reds. He had begin the season in AA with the Midland RockHounds but was promoted to the AAA Nashville Sounds on May 2nd after going 2-0, 0.78 in 4 starts in the Texas League. He was 3-1, 1.39 in 7 starts for Nashville when he got the call to the Show. In his debut, he gave up only 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings, but one of the hits was a two-run homer by Jay Bruce, saddling him with a 2-1 loss in spite of a solid performance. He recorded his first career shutout on September 15, 2017, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0; he also collected his first career hit in that game.
Mengden has been compared to Dontrelle Willis because his delivery includes a high leg kick that is very disconcerting for opposite hitters. He also sports a distinctive mustache that is a throwback to Rollie Fingers.
- AL Shutouts Leader (2018)