Also named Canadian Baseball Network first team all-Canadian at third base
Friday, December 11th, 2020
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, ON. - David Mendham is Canadian Baseball Network's 2020 Canadian college player of the year.
The six-foot three native of Dorchester received 54 of the 62 first place votes, from ballots cast by a CBN panel. Mendham was also named to CBN's all-Canadian team at third base.
"It's cool to get recognized like that. There are a lot of really good baseball players from Canada playing college," Mendham said. "This is up there. It's a great one. It's probably number one. Last year I was All-American for the NJCAA."
During a spring season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the left-handed hitting sophomore batted .493 with 36 hits and 26 RBIs in 21 games for the Connors State Cowboys, a division one college, in Warner, Okla.
"We only really played about half of our season. I wasn't really in my groove yet, but I played well," Mendham said.
His 36 hits led all Canadian college players and Mendham finished second in doubles (10) and third in RBIs (26) and on base plus slugging percentage (1.401) and scored 31 runs and stole six bases.
Mendham points to his bat as his strength in the game, something he's been able to flex at every level thus far into his career.
"That's what I can do. I can hit," he says. "You got to be able to hit. You have keep hitting at each level. I've been hitting everywhere I've gone so far. It's hitting every day. Keep hitting every day. There is really no secret."
In his freshman year at Connors State in 2019, Mendham hit .422 with 14 home runs and 85 RBIs in 61 games, making the CBN All-Canadian Third team. Mendham was also a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-American.
Over the summer, Mendham played 22 games with the Savannah Bananas (Coastal Plain League), batting .338, with 25 hits.
Mendham is now currently at the University of South Carolina, in the state capital of Columbia, where he is studying criminal justice. The USC Gamecocks start their 2021 NCAA South Eastern Conference (SEC) baseball season in February.
His goal is continuing to improve his overall game and help USC go far into the playoffs, reasons why Mendham transferred schools.
"I want to get better in every way possible. I want to win the World Series. Other than that, just win games," said Mendham, who also has played at first base and catcher. "It's the best conference in baseball and you get to play against the best competition. And you get to play in good weather."
The College World Series is the annual NCAA championship held every June in Omaha. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
David, son to Dan and Sarah Mendham and brother to Abby, started his career in Dorchester.
Then it was with the Expos, based out of Thorndale, before moving on to the Ontario Nationals. As an 18-year old, Mendham played the 2018 season with the Intercounty's Brantford Red Sox. The following summer, Mendham was in North Dakota, with the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League.
His ultimate goal is the major leagues.
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