When Jordy Mercer was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was described as an offensive minded shortstop. Mercer is 6' 3", 191 pounds, and is a tall lean shortstop, although he has the defensive skills to stick at the position. While he can play the position, ultimately his value lies with his bat, especially his power.
That power has existed throughout his career with doubles. He had 36 doubles in his first full pro season in 2009 at the high-A level, leading the Carolina League. Last year he had 31 doubles in his jump to the AA level. However, his home runs haven't been anything to write home about, and took a serious drop in 2010. Mercer hit just three homers last year, after hitting 10 in the Carolina Le...
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