The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft is well underway and for a ton of college and high school baseball players their dreams have come true. This also goes for UMass Lowell River Hawks shortstop Danny Mendick.
The Rochester, New York native was selected in the 22nd round (652nd overall) by the Chicago White Sox. He is the first UMass Lowell player to be selected in the MLB Draft since Tyler Toyfair was taken in the 35th round (1050th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013.
Mendick spent two seasons at UMass Lowell from 2014-2015. As a junior he was tenth in America East with a .314 batting average, had 15 multi-hit, 10 multi-RBI games and was a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases.
This past season, as a senior, Mendick was the team leader in multiple categories with 46 hits, 15 doubles, and 21 runs with a .309 Batting Average while leading the team with 149 at-bats. He also achieved a 14-game hitting streak.
Mendick was the only America East player nominated to Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award.
Prior to coming to Lowell, Mendick spent two seasons at Monroe Community College for coach Mike Kelly.
Mendick joins a small group of 18 players to be selected in the MLB Draft out of UMass Lowell. Only two of those 18 have been able to play at least a single game at the Major League level. Matt Tupman made his major league debut on May 18, 2008 with the Kansas City Royals, picking up one hit in his only MLB game. The other is Jack Leathersich who made his debut this season and is with the New York Mets organization.