Jordy Mercer Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Jordy Mercer in the third round of the 2008 MLB draft. He signed right away, and got his career started in A-ball, with 216 at-bats between State College and Hickory in 2008. In that time he hit for a .250/.297/.366 line, with five homers, and a 47:13 K/BB ratio. In 2009 he moved up to Lynchburg, playing the entire season in high-A. Mercer hit for a .255/.314/.400 line, with 10 homers, a Carolina League leading 36 doubles, and a 93:41 K/BB ratio.

Mercer was considered one of the best all around shortstops in the 2008 draft when considering players who could stay at the position. On offense he has good power, which has been gap power so far in the minors. On defense he has good range, good hands, and a plus arm. His defense was a little rough at times in 2009 with Lynchburg, but for the most part he’s smooth, and can play shortstop and third base effectively.
The big thing Mercer needs to work on is his plate patience, mostly improving his strike zone. Mercer often chases breaking balls low and away, which led to high strikeout ratios the past two seasons. If Mercer can improve in this area, he could increase his average above the .250 range, as well as draw more walks by laying off those outside pitches. He’s capable of becoming a solid all around shortstop, but still needs some development to get to that point.
Below I have several videos of Mercer in action. There are 24 at-bats, plus 30 fielding plays. I have a list of what is on this video recap below the video box, as well as some suggestions of plays that display some of Mercer’s skills.
A rundown of the videos (videos in bold are my favorites):
  1. 7/17, 1st at-bat, Mercer strikes out swinging
  2. 8/16, 1st at-bat, Mercer hit with first pitch
  3. 8/23, 1st at-bat game 1, Mercer line drive RBI single to left
  4. 8/23, 2nd at-bat game 1, Mercer grounds out to second
  5. 8/23, 3rd at-bat game 1, Mercer walks
  6. 8/23, 4th at-bat game 1, Mercer walks
  7. 8/23, 1st at-bat game 2, Mercer sacrifice fly RBI to center
  8. 8/23, 2nd at-bat game 2, Mercer crushes a two run homer to left field
  9. 9/7, 1st at-bat, Mercer grounds out to third
  10. 9/7, 2nd at-bat, Mercer doubles on a ground ball down the third base line
  11. 9/7, 3rd at-bat, Mercer grounds out to short
  12. 9/7, 4th at-bat, Mercer strikes out swinging
  13. 9/10, 1st at-bat, Mercer strikes out swinging
  14. 9/10, 2nd at-bat, Mercer strikes out swinging
  15. 9/10, 3rd at-bat, Mercer singles on a pop up to center
  16. 9/10, 4th at-bat, Mercer flies out to right
  17. 9/14, 2nd at-bat, Mercer sacrifice fly RBI to left center
  18. 9/14, 3rd at-bat, Mercer pops out to first
  19. 9/15, 4th at-bat, Mercer bunt single to pitcher, loading the bases
  20. 9/17, 1st at-bat, Mercer doubles to center field, Josh Harrison scores
  21. 9/17, 2nd at-bat, Mercer reaches on an error by the first baseman. Chase d’Arnaud scores
  22. 9/17, 3rd at-bat, Mercer doubles to center field
  23. 9/17, 4th at-bat, Mercer singles to left field
  24. 9/17, 5th at-bat, Mercer singles to center field
  25. 7/17, Jeff Locke 6th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  26. 8/14, Jeff Locke 11th batter, bunt to Mercer for a 5-3 out
  27. 8/14, Jeff Locke 24th batter, Mercer starts a 5-4-3 double play
  28. 8/23, Matt McSwain 3rd batter, Mercer makes a shoestring line drive catch
  29. 8/23, Matt McSwain 5th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 5-3 out
  30. 8/23, Matt McSwain 13th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 5-3 out
  31. 8/23, Matt McSwain 18th batter, line drive to Mercer for an out, nice stretch by Mercer
  32. 9/7, Matt McSwain 1st batter, error by Mercer on a ground ball to short
  33. 9/7, Tom Boleska 1st batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  34. 9/7, Tom Boleska 4th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  35. 9/7, Tom Boleska 7th batter, Mercer makes the relay on a 4-6-3 double play
  36. 9/7, Tom Boleska 8th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  37. 9/7, Tom Boleska 12th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-4 out at second
  38. 9/7, Mike Colla 1st batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  39. 9/7, Noah Krol 6th batter, line drive to Mercer for an out
  40. 9/10, Rudy Owens 2nd batter, Mercer makes the relay from center to get runner going to third
  41. 9/10, Rudy Owens 4th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-4 out at second
  42. 9/10, Rudy Owens 20th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  43. 9/10, Ramon Aguero 1st batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  44. 9/13, Bryan Morris 16th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  45. 9/13, Noah Krol 3rd batter, grounder to Mercer, who executes a 6-3 double play
  46. 9/13, Ronald Uviedo 2nd batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  47. 9/14, Justin Wilson 6th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  48. 9/14, Justin Wilson 13th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  49. 9/15, Rudy Owens 1st batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  50. 9/15, Rudy Owens 19th batter, Mercer starts a 6-4-3 DP
  51. 9/17, Mike Colla 1st batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-4 out at second
  52. 9/17, Mike Colla 8th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  53. 9/17, Mike Colla 9th batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
  54. 9/17, Ramon Aguero 2nd batter, grounder to Mercer for a 6-3 out
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