As is tradition, here’s my final May Pop-up guy brought to you on Memorial Day. It’s a good one and the best news…nobody has heard of him.
Daniel Mengden (RHP, Hou, Low-A)
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 first year player draft, Daniel Mengden exceptional 2015 performance has really gone unnoticed. It could be that he’s dominating the Midwest League as a 22-year-old college pitcher, but the stuff is legit and the pitchability is advanced.
He throws a four and two-seam fastball that can hit the mid 90’s with an above-average slider and change-up. He has plus control that he gets naturally from his very simple and smooth pitching mechanics. The results have been excellent with a 1.16 ERA in 38.2 innings while striking out 36 and walking eight.