By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Milwaukee Brewers prospect Julio Mendez was hit by a pitch on Saturday during a rookie-ball contest. The minor leaguer needed treatment on the field after what is being called a cardiac event by the Brewers.
He then went to the hospital, where Mendez is listed as critical but stable condition. He was hit in the chest in the ninth inning of the game.
Mendez needed to be revived by the medical staff, according to Baseball America’s John Manuel.
“All of our thoughts and prayers are with Julio and his family,” Brewers general manager David Sterns said in a statement.
The Brewers Arizona League affiliate team was facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim affiliate at the time of the incident. After Mendez’s medical emergency, the game ended, as a result.
According to online reports, especially eyewitness accounts via Twitter, the team trainers had to use CPR and defibrillators to revive Mendez.
This season, in 35 games in the Arizona League, Mendez, an infielder, has a .255 batting average with four stolen bases.
He signed with the team in July 2013, according to Baseball America. However, he did not join the Brewers Arizona League team until the end of the 2015 season.
Mendez, 19, has spent the past two seasons with the Brewers Arizona League affiliate.
The team said they will announce updates on his condition, as they become available.
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