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|Sioux City Explorers|
April 12, 1988 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|Competitor for United States|
|World University Championship|
|Gold||2008 Brno||National team|
|Pan American Games|
|Silver||2011 Guadalajara||National team|
Thomas Wilkey Mendonca (born April 12, 1988 in Turlock, California) is an American professional baseball third baseman who is currently with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Mendonca won the 2008 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a sophomore at Fresno State University.
Mendonca attended Turlock High School. In 2006, he hit .429 with six home runs.
He then enrolled at Fresno State University. In 67 games with Fresno in 2007, Mendonca hit .281 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI. In 77 games in 2008, he hit .285 with 19 homers and 70 RBI.
Mendonca was drafted in the second round (62nd overall) by the Texas Rangers in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his professional career in 2009, playing for the Low Single-A Spokane Indians (49 games) and High Single-A Bakersfield Blaze (11 games), hitting a combined .290 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 60 games. In 2010, he hit .248 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 120 games for the Blaze and in 2011, he hit .278 with 25 home runs, 78 RBI and 160 strikeouts in 125 games for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. He split the 2012 campaign between the RoughRiders (28 games) and Round Rock Express (63 games), hitting a combined .229 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI in 91 games.
His uncle, Robert Mendonca, played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
- Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- FSU Profile