Tonight I saw two different opinions on the upside of Jordy Mercer. First, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that Mercer could be an "OK utility player" when asked about Mercer's upside. Then, in Kristy Robinson's notebook, Clint Hurdle said that he feels Mercer could eventually be a starting shortstop.
I lean closer to Hurdle's opinion. I think Mercer can be a starting shortstop in the majors. However, I wouldn't expect that anytime soon. Mercer has a track record of getting off to slow starts. He was promoted to Double-A in 2010, and hit for a .702 OPS in 485 at-bats. The next year he returned to Double-A and hit for an .816 OPS in 265 at-bats.
That got him promoted to Triple-A, where he hit for a .689 OPS in 226 at-bats during the second half of the 2011 season. This year...
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