Héctor Mendoza

Héctor Manuel Mendoza Ripoll (born March 5, 1994) is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Yomiuri Giants.

Héctor Mendoza
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Free agent
Born: (1994-03-05) March 5, 1994 (age 27)
Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
June 2, 2015, for the Yomiuri Giants
Last NPB appearance
May 17, 2016, for the Yomiuri Giants
NPB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average7.71


Yomiuri GiantsEdit

Mendoza played with the Isla de la Juventud of the Cuban National Series from 2011 to 2015. On July 17, 2014, Mendoza signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball.[1] He played with the Yomiuri Giants organization from 2014 to 2016.[2] In 5 games split between two seasons, Mendoza recorded a 7.71 ERA with 7 strikeouts. Mendoza was released by the Giants on December 2, 2016.[3]

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

On June 7, 2017, Mendoza signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $500,000.[4] After signing, Mendoza made his professional debut with the DSL Cardinals. After compiling a 2.57 ERA in seven innings, he was promoted to the Palm Beach Cardinals where he finished the season with a 0-6 record and 5.54 ERA in 19 relief appearances.[5] He began 2018 with the Springfield Cardinals and was promoted to the Memphis Redbirds in May. He finished the year with a 4-4 record and 5.10 ERA in 49 appearances between the two teams. Mendoza recorded a 2.00 ERA in 6 games with Springfield before he was released by the Cardinals on June 4, 2019.

Cuban National Baseball TeamEdit

Mendoza won with his national team, the gold medal of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.[6][7][8]

Mendoza won the title of best right-handed relief pitcher and gold medal in the 2015 Caribbean Series. [9][10]


  1. ^ https://www.foxnews.com/sports/yomiuri-giants-signs-cuban-right-handed-pitcher-hector-mendoza
  2. ^ Yomiuri Giants sign Cuban pitcher Mendoza
  3. ^ "自由契約選手" [Free Contract Players]. Nippon Professional Baseball (in Japanese). 2 December 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Cardinals sign Cuban right-hander Mendoza". MLB.com. June 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Hector Mendoza Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Hockey de RD da salto cualitativo". El Nacional (in Spanish). 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  7. ^ "Veracruz 2014: Cuba, campeón del béisbol centroamericano". Cubasi.cu (in Spanish). 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  8. ^ "Cuba gana medalla de oro en béisbol". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). Veracruz, Mexico. EFE. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
  9. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/cuba-beats-puerto-rico-caribbean-series-defections-hector-mendoza-vladimir-gutierrez-dainer-moreira-020515
  10. ^ http://legendsondeck.com/caribbean-series-cuba-wins-first-title-since-1960/

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