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Tommy Mendonca (Photo: Keith Kountz)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Tommy Mendonca
Position:Third Base
School:Fresno State University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:200 lbs.
Report Date(s):3/27-3/29/09

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Mendonca is a left-handed hitter with a stable, high-hand stance. He can hit, but he swings and misses quite a bit.
Power:Fresno State has a good hitter's park, but he still should have average power in the future. It's unclear how it will translate to wood.
Running speed:He's a fringy-average runner, though he can get down to first in decent time.
Base running:An average runner, he's a tick better than his grade for his pure speed, though running isn't really a big part of his game.
Arm strength:Has a solid-average arm.
Fielding:A plus fielder overall at third.
Range:Has plenty of range to stay at the hot corner.
Physical Description:Mendonca profiles as a power-hitting third baseman who is strong up in the shoulders and has a good, athletic build.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths: Power plus fielding ability make him an intriguing third base prospect.
Weaknesses:Can he cut down the strikeouts? His propensity for swinging and missing could hurt his status a bit.
Summary:Mendonca fits the profile as an athletic, left-handed power hitting third baseman. He takes advantage of a friendly home park, but the power should translate OK. Couple that with good defense at the hot corner and you're looking at one of the more interesting college infield prospects in the class. Only his tendency to strike out will hurt his status some, but he still should go well.