Luis Mendoza named PCL Pitcher of the Year
Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Luis Mendoza has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year for the 2011 season. The award is based on voting by the league’s field managers and media members. This is the third honor in as many days for Mendoza, who was selected to the 12-member All-PCL Team on Monday and named Omaha Pitcher of the Year by the Royals organization yesterday.
Mendoza, 27, has dominated Pacific Coast League hitters all season, posting an 11-5 record with a league-leading 2.15 ERA in 32 games (17 starts). The right-hander originally recorded his second career no-hitter on July 18 at Memphis, before a reviewed ruling overturned a ninth-inning error to a double.
The native of Mexico originally signed with the Boston Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on June 12, 2000. He made 32 appearances (14 starts) with the Texas Rangers from 2007 to 2009 and pitched in four games for Kansas City in 2010 after being acquired from Texas on April 2 that season.
Mendoza is the first Omaha pitcher to earn PCL Pitcher of the Year honors since the award’s inception in 2001. He is the third pitcher in the club’s history to win his league’s top pitching award, joining Mark Littell (1973) and Mark Huismann (1985) from the American Association.