The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today with Junior Tommy Mendonca from Fresno State checking in at the 44th spot in our countdown. He is a 6’1 200 pound third baseman out of Turlock High School in Turlock California.
Mendonca led the Bulldogs to the 2008 NCAA Championship playing in 77 games as a sophomore. He finished the season with a .285 average with 19 homers and 70 RBI. This follows up a solid freshman campaign which saw him hit .281 with 10 homers and 37 RBI.
Mendonca was a late addition to the College National Team this summer, which went 24-0. Even though the team had much success over this run, Mendonca struggled heavily, registering a .231 clip, striking out 26 times in 52 at bats. Mendonca would be ranked much higher on this list if he didn’t follow up his strong CWS personal campaign with such a poor showing in international play.
We believe that Mendonca will continue to develop this season into one of the best players in the country. We saw during the College World Series how dangerous he can be and will only get better in the upcoming season.
You can check out the top 50 by clicking here.
Thanks to Assistant Editor Mark Rafferty for helping out with the report.