Quad Cities RHP Daniel Mengden (W, 1-1, 2.84 ERA) picked up his first professional win Thursday night, in a 4-3 road victory over the Peoria Chiefs. Mengden gave up just two hits and a walk, while striking out five in four innings of work.
Mengden, a 6’2″, 190-pound Houston native, was drafted by the Astros in the fourth round of the 2014 Draft out of Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) and signed with Houston for $470,000.00. He spent the 2014 campaign briefly splitting playing time between the Astros Gulf Coast League rookie team and the Tri-City short-season team. He appeared in six games and pitched a total of 11 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. He ended with a record at the end of the season of 0-0, with a 3.27 ERA.
At Texas A&M, Mengden went 15-17 with a 3.20 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 261 1/3 innings in three seasons with the Aggies.
“Daniel is a bulldog starter who can mix four pitches for strikes, including a plus fastball,” scouting director Mike Elias said in an interview with Brian McTaggert for MLB.com. “He’s been a stalwart in three seasons for the Aggies and in a terrific summer for Team USA. He’s a great athlete, as his history as a two-way player demonstrates, and is as fierce a competitor as you will find. He joins a talented stable of power arms in our organization and fits exactly what we look for in a starting pitching prospect.”
Mengden, in the tradition of a Nolan Ryan of Roger Clemens, is well known for his bulldog toughness and competitiveness. According to legend, Mengden once kept pitching in a game for A&M, despite having a stress fracture in his back. Pitching with that kind of injury kind of makes Curt Shillings bloody red sock in the 2004 ALCS pale in comparison. Of course, don’t tell Schilling I said that.
The win over the Chiefs was the Bandits’ division-leading 12th win of the season, as they hold onto sole possession of first place with a one-game lead over Cedar Rapids.