Time to look at the first-half surprises and disappointments at Indianapolis and Altoona.
Jordy Mercer, IF: After a slow start, Mercer adapted to AAA and put up a very good (for a middle infielder) line of 303/379/417, with a solid 2:1 K:BB ratio. That earned him a callup to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, a few days after his promotion he was abducted by aliens. His whereabouts remained unknown until he mysteriously reappeared in Indianapolis just recently. It's still uncertain what happened to him while he was missing.
Jeff Clement, 1B: Clement also started off slowly following his traditional off-season knee surgery. The power returned in May, though, and Clement stayed hot until a recent slump dropped him to 292/371/502. With 28 walks and 45 strike...
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