Baseball: Jesuit’s Wes Mendes, Miguel Menendez win 5A state honors

Jesuit’s baseball team is starting to accumulate the accolades befitting a state champion. 

Wes Mendes, who led the Tigers to their second state title in the past four years, was named the Class 5A player of the year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. 

The Vanderbilt signee went 10-1 on the mound with a 1.16 ERA and had 93 strikeouts in 60 innings. He also hit .422 with four home runs, four triples, three doubles and 24 runs scored and 21 RBIs at the plate. 

Jesuit added more honors with Miguel Menendez being named the 5A coach of the year. Menendez guided the Tigers to a 24-8 record and a state title. In eight years at Jesuit, he has gone 144-48 with two state titles and a runnerup finish. 

The winners in each classification were selected through voting from a statewide panel of baseball coaches and media representatives. They are now eligible to be named the overall winner in the state, which will go through another round of voting and likely be announced later this week.