Florida State third baseman Drew Mendoza has signed a deal with the Washington Nationals, who drafted him in the third round.
Mendoza agreed to a deal that is above slot value, according to MLB.com.
As a junior, Mendoza hit .308 and led the Seminoles in home runs (16), RBI (56) and runs (60). He also led the team in walks (70) and on-base percentage (.471).
Mendoza posted a letter about his signing with the Nationals via the FSU baseball Twitter account, saying in part that “It’s been an honor to be a part of the tradition that is Florida State baseball”:
The Nationals, like many teams, had seen Mendoza as a high school prospect and followed him during his three years at FSU.
“Big body, big left-handed hitter,” Kris Kline, the Nationals’ assistant general manager and vice president of scouting operations, told the Washington Post after he was drafted. “Drew, in high school, was a potential first-round pick, left-handed hitter, big power. … You have a big power bat, and [he] moves around really good for a big guy.”
Mendoza is the first FSU draft pick to sign. Junior left-hander Drew Parrish, junior right-hander J.C. Flowers and senior shortstop Mike Salvatore were also picked in the top 10 rounds.
Final polls: After Vanderbilt clinched the CWS title Wednesday, the final college baseball polls of the season were released on Thursday. FSU wraps the season at No. 7 in the Baseball America poll and No. 8 in the D1baseball.com poll.