Mercer has been promoted to AAA.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted shortstop Jordy Mercer to Indianapolis, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.  Mercer was hitting for a .268/.329/.487 line with Altoona, along with a career high 13 homers.  His numbers were low, thanks to a .154/.233/.346 line in the month of April.  He rebounded from that with a .318/.372/.486 line in 107 at-bats in the month of May, and had a strong month of June, with a .313/.363/.625 line, including six homers in 80 at-bats.

Mercer was left in Altoona this year after posting an empty .282 average last year, with a .329 OBP and a .373 SLG.  His OBP was the same .329 this year, although he showed improvement with his walk ratio, with 23 walks in 301 plate appearances, compared to 31 walks in 538 plate appearances last year.  With Chase d’Arnaud recently getting the call to the majors, a spot was opened up in AAA for Mercer to take over regular shortstop duties.  This move obviously speaks well about d’Arnaud’s ability to stick in the majors, as I don’t think the Pirates promote Mercer unless he’s ready to receive regular playing time in AAA.

Also, Anthony Norman was promoted to Indianapolis.

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  1. I’m guessing Shelby Ford will get bumped back down to AA since he is not a prospect. (If he hadn’t been already.) This move works out well because now Holt can get all the reps at SS for the rest of the season. It could be debated that Holt is ready for AAA also.

        • Honestly, I can’t tell you the status of the roster right now.  So many moves took place today that involved Indy.  Mercer is the fourth guy added to the roster today, plus Anthony Norman was also promoted to the level.  Right now there’s just no further update on corresponding moves.

          • No problem. I was just curios because I saw that Lincoln was removed to make room for Crotta. I’m sure more will come out tomorrow.

            • I think the order goes:

              Lincoln removed for Crotta
              Presley for Ciriaco
              Toregas for Perez

              Which means two more moves need to happen for Mercer and Norman.  But I’m not sure if those moves need to take place now, or when Mercer/Norman arrive in Indianapolis. No official announcement has been made about Mercer/Norman.  Not saying they won’t be promoted. Just that the move hasn’t been officially made.

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