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First Pitch: Mercer and Maggi Joining West Virginia on the Leaderboards

First Pitch: Mercer and Maggi Joining West Virginia on the Leaderboards

I've talked about the international hitters in West Virginia a lot. There seems to be a daily update about how well Alen Hanson is playing. Then there's Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, and Willy Garcia, who are all crushing the ball.

I was looking through the leaderboards today, and the results were about what I expected. Those four hitters were dominating almost every offensive category in the minor league system. However, there were a few other players who stood out. Drew Maggi stood out in the areas you'd like to see from a speedy top of the order hitter (stolen bases, walks, on-base percentage). Mel Rojas stood out in hits and triples, although you'd like to see him showing up in the home runs and slugging fields, and it's not good seeing him in the strikeout area. Stefan Welch appeared in a few categories, although he's more of an organizational player. Then there's Jordy Mercer, who appeared in a few categories, which is good to see with Clint Barmes struggling.

Here is a rundown ...

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