Coral Gables, Fla.
St. Brendan HS
Hit .286 in his first season at Miami in 2006 … hit four doubles with a home run and 12 RBI … player who has made his work ethic pay off … is the leading candidate to start at third base … hit .286 for the North Adams Steeplecats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League last summer and made the League all-star game … gap hitter with occasional power … much-improved hitter from last yea … came to Miami after decorated careers at St. Brendan HS and Miami-Dade Community College … played at South Alabama as a freshman in 2004.
Started 14 games and hit .286 with a home run, four doubles and 12 RBI … hit .333 in the NCAA Regional and Super Regional play … played solid defense in the infield with a .941 fielding percentage … was 1-for-2 with a single and sac fly RBI against the Florida Marlins on 3/1. College World Series (6/17, 19-20): Saw action in all three CWS games, starting as the DH against Rice on 6/19 … 1-2 off the bench in Miami’s 8-1 loss to Oregon State … started and went 0-for-3 against Rice … pinch-hit in the eight inning of MIami’s 12-1 win against Oregon State and grounded out to first. Oxford Super Regional (6/10-11): Started Game 2 as the DH and went 1-for-4 with a single … delivered a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning of the Game 1 loss. Lincoln Regional (6/2-3): Pinch-hit against Manhattan in the second game of the Regional and flied out to right field … started the Regional opener against San Francisco and went 1-for-3 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch. ACC Tournament (5/26): Pinch-hit in the eighth inning and hit a drive to right field that was caught near the warning track against Georgia Tech. at Georgia Tech (5/19): Came off the bench and went 1-for-2 with a strikeout and made a diving play in the field at second base. vs. Wake Forest (5/12): Entered the game in the eighth inning of the series opener at second base and drove in a run on a sac fly. vs. Wright State (5/5-7): Played in all three games, starting the first at third base … came off the bench to go 1-for-3 with a single in the series finale win … went 2-for-2 off the bench with two runs scored in Miami’s 14-1 win … started and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and his first stolen base of the season in the series opener. vs. Virginia (4/21-22): Went 0-for-2, pinch-hitting in both games. at Florida State (4/15): Pinch-hit in the ninth inning and struck out. vs. North Carolina (4/7): Was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance of the series. vs. Clemson (4/2): Played second and pinch-hit in the series finale, grounding out to short in the eighth inning. at Maryland (3/24-26): Started the opener and the finale as the DH and went 1-for-5 with a RBI … went 0-for-2 in the finale and was 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit attempt in the second game of the seris … was 0-for-2 with a sac fly RBI in the series opener and a run scored. at Duke (3/19): Started as the DH and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. vs. Manhattan (3/15): Doubled and walked. vs. Virginia Tech (3/10-11): Drove in four runs in four plate appearances in the series … started at third and went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the second game of the series … hit a pinch-hit, two-run single in the series opener. vs. Michigan State (3/8): Started at third base and went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. vs. Bethune-Cookman (2/25-26): Made two appearances off the bench and went a combined 0-for-3 with a walk. vs. Florida (2/19): 2-for-4 as the starting DH … hit a game-tying two-run double in the fifth inning of the series finale and scored the go-ahead run on Eddy Rodriguez’s double … scored two runs and walked once. vs. Louisville (2/15): 0-for-1 as a defensive replacement at second base. at UCLA (2/10-11): Played in the second game of the series as a defensive replacement, filling in for Roger Tomas at shortstop in the eighth inning … entered the series opener as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning and finished the game 0-for-2. vs. Winthrop (2/3-5): Came off the bench and went 0-for-1 with a walk in the series opener … started as the DH in the second game and went 1-for-4 with an RBI double … made his first career start at second base in the series finale and went 0-for-2. vs. FIU (1/28-1/29): 3-for-5 in the series with a home run and three runs scored … made his UM debut as a pinch runner in the fifth inning of the season opener … hit a home run in his first at-bat at Miami in the seventh inning of the opener … earned his first Miami start the next day as the designated hitter and went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Played for Steve Huetz at Miami-Dade College … selected to the all-conference, all-state and all-region first teams by NJCAA.org … hit .380 with a home run, 36 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and 44 runs.
South Alabama (2004)
Started 24 of the 28 games as a freshman at South Alabama … hit .167 with five doubles and 10 RBIs.
Menendez played for Hal Knowles at St. Brendan High School … three-time All-Dade selection … Senior (2003): Third Team All-Dade pick … hit .390 with three home runs, 34 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Junior (2002): Second Team All-Dade selection … hit .427 with two home runs, 36 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Sophomore (2001): Batted .402 with 22 RBIs and 10 stolen bases … All-Dade second team selection.
Son of Ana and Gus Menendez … has one brother, Daniel … majoring in management.