Day 2 was the first day of baseball action for the East Coast Professional Showcase. Mendez and the Houston Astros Scout Team played the Arizona Diamondbacks Scout Team in front of hundreds of NCAA and MLB scouts. He was definitely in the right place at the right time. High school players dream of being in this position.
Most of the players here have already committed to some of the nations top college programs but there are still several uncommitted players like Mendez that are looking to capture the eyes of scouts.
Mendez was the second catcher to play for the Astros today. He caught the 5th and 6th inning and got one at bat. He was 0 for 1 with a fly ball to center field. There are three catchers on the team so I'm sure that he will get more innings behind the plate and more at bats tomorrow.
Being here is an amazing opportunity but it is easy to be overwhelmed. Mendez is taking everything in stride realizing that everyone is aiming to be the best. Baseball is an individual sport that is played in a team concept. It is also a sport that considers you a success based on how often you fail. Major Leaguers make millions of dollars to fail.
I wake up every morning thankful that God has given me life, a sound mind and the opportunity to be the best. My prediction for Mendez tomorrow is three quality at bats and a big smile when he walks off the field.