Luis Alonso Mendoza Rodriguez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 180 lb.
Luis Mendoza was signed by scout Lee Sigman in 2000. He made his pro debut with San Joaquin (VSL) in 2001. He played for Ciudad Alianza (VSL) in 2002, before coming stateside with the GCL Red Sox that same summer. In 2005, the Red Sox waived Mendoza on July 8 and the San Diego Padres claimed him. After two starts for the Lake Elsinore Storm where he posted a 9.28 ERA in 10 innings, the Padres waived him on July 27. He was then claimed by the Red Sox less than 3 weeks after they had originally waived him.
Mendoza briefly had a no-hitter for the 2011 Omaha Storm Chasers. On July 18th, he tossed no-hit ball for eight innings against the Memphis Redbirds. In the 9th, Tyler Greene hit a fly that David Lough misplayed in left. The scorer ruled it an error, changed it back to a hit right after the game to take away the no-hitter, then returned it to an error after an hour. Two days later, the Pacific Coast League reversed the scorer again, changing it to a hit and depriving Mendoza of the no-hitter.
Mendoza nearly tossed another another no-hitter in the 2013 Caribbean Series, containing the Criollos de Caguas for 7 innings. He was 2-0 on the Series with no earned runs in 13 2/3 IP and 12 strikeouts, winning Caribbean Series MVP honors as his Yaquis de Obregon took the title. He had a disappointing season for the Royals in 2013, however, going only 2-6, 5.36 in 22 games. After the season, he was placed on waivers and signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League. He started the third game of the year for them, turning in a solid effort (1 R in 6 2/3 IP before Naoki Miyanishi relieved) to beat Jason Standridge and the SoftBank Hawks.