Ex-Yankees prospect called out after 2-kilo coke sale to NYC undercover cop: officials

A former Yankees prospect was called out by cops when he tried to sell two kilos of cocaine to an undercover officer, authorities say.

Borinquen Mendez, 23, of New Jersey, who played five games for the now-defunct Staten Island Yankees, was hit with drug possession charges late Friday in Manhattan Criminal Court.


Mendez and three other men brought the drugs to an undercover officer on Quimby Ave. near Olmstead Ave. in Unionport, the Bronx on Thursday night, police said.

The drugs were handed to the cop in a white plastic shopping bag. The four suspects had offered to sell them to the officer for $31,000 a kilo a few hours earlier during a meet-up at a fast food restaurant on Bruckner Blvd., officials said.

On Friday, a Manhattan Criminal Court judge ordered Mendez held on $75,000 bail.

The Dominican Republic-born second baseman and shortstop was picked up by the Yankees in 2016 and bounced around a few of the organization’s Gulf Coast League teams before landing with the Staten Island Yankees, according to baseball-reference.com.

Borinquen Mendez, 23, of New Jersey, was hit with drug possession charges Friday after he and three other men showed the drugs to an undercover officer in the Bronx Thursday night, cops said. (Obtained by Daily News)

He was released from the Staten Island team in June 2020, about six months before it announced it was ceasing operations.



The Mets really blew it

A Yankees spokesman told the Daily News the organization has not had any contact with Mendez since his dismissal last June.But the ballplayer’s lawyer claimed in court that Mendez is still part of the Yankees organization.

“He was a player in single-A ball, but it got shut down by COVID,” attorney Gary Lesser said late Friday. “He’s a new member of the New York Yankees team.”



It was not clear if the three men arrested with Mendez were involved with Major League Baseball.

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