Victor Mendez (minors03)
Víctor Manuel Méndez
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 205 lb.
Víctor Méndez spent a decade in the minor leagues, peaking at AAA.
Méndez debuted in 1999 with the DSL Tigers, hitting .250, followed by .260 in 2000. In 2001, he improved to .310 with 5 homers and 49 steals. He was second in the Dominican Summer League in steals and third in OBP (.443). The next year, he came to the USA and batted .282/.338/.407 with 16 steals in 21 tries for the Oneonta Tigers.
Víctor fell to .236/.307/.382 with the 2003 West Michigan Whitecaps, though he did leg out 11 triples. He tied Gilberto Mejia and Kody Kirkland for the most triples by a Tigers farmhand. He led the Midwest League in triples as well, and also paced the circuit's outfielders with 329 putouts, manifesting his speed on defense as well as offense.
Méndez hit .241/.313/.425 with 9 triples and a career-high 12 homers for the 2004 Lakeland Tigers; he had 14 outfield assists and just two errors. His 290 putouts led Florida State League outfielders. He fell to .231/.302/.378 with the 2005 Erie SeaWolves, then batted .263 in winter ball for the Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican League.
The year he turned 26, he hit .257/.331/.407 between four stops in the Detroit chain, including a brief stint with the AAA Toledo Mud Hens (5 for 21, 2 2B, HR, 3 BB). A free agent that winter, he signed with the New York Mets. In 2007, he batted .378/.481/.644 in 14 games for the St. Lucie Mets and .313/.389/.688 in five games for the GCL Mets; he presumably missed most of the year with injury.
Méndez's batting line in 2008 was .283/.352/.469 in 34 games for St. Lucie and .238/.325/.314 in 51 contests with the New Orleans Zephyrs. He played for the Leones del Escogido in the 2010 Caribbean Series, going 1 for 9 with a walk and a run as the #4 outfielder.
Víctor played for the Dominican national team in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. In the Gold Medal game, he drove in Ricardo Nanita against Mexico's Francisco Campos with the game's second run; the Dominicans went on to a 3-2 win for their first Gold in the Central American and Caribbean Games in 18 years.
Mendez is with the Dominican squad for the 2010 Pan American Games Qualification Tournament.
Mendez became a coach with the DSL Cardinals Red in 2018.