When shortstop Jordy Mercer took the field on Wednesday for his first big league start, the 25-year-old saw a very familiar face across the diamond in fellow rookie Matt Hague. Mercer and Hague have always dreamed of one day making it to the Major Leagues. And both get to share the experience of their rookie season together in Pittsburgh.
Before the infielders were both drafted by Pittsburgh in 2008, they played together at Oklahoma State for a year. Mercer hit .330 with 14 home runs during his Junior season in 2008 while playing the infield. He also made 16 appearances on the mound and notched nine saves en route to being the all-time save leader at OSU. Hague hit 12 home runs and hit for a .360 clip while spending playing time in right field and third base. Hague, too, was a two-way player and was used in relief.
"We both threw decent," Hague joked on who had the better arm. "But probably me."