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Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Swipes first bag of campaign
Mercado went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a 3-2 win over the Twins on Saturday.
Mercado's lone hit of the contest was a single in the seventh inning, and he followed the base knock by swiping second base. The theft was his first of the campaign after he failed on his first two attempts. Mercado swiped 15 bags in his rookie 2019 season and notched as many as 50 thefts in the minors, but he'll need to reach base more often to make use of his speed. Through Saturday, he has a meager .235 on-base percentage.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Productive in win
Mercado went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, an additional run scored and three strikeouts in Friday's 12-8 loss to the Twins.
Mercado's playing time has cratered since Amed Rosario was made the Guardians' primary left fielder, which bumped Steven Kwan to right field. The ripple effects of Josh Naylor (illness) going on the COVID-19 injured list allowed Mercado to start in right field Friday, and he did fairly well with the opportunity. The 27-year-old owns a .205/.234/.452 slash line with four homers, 15 RBI, nine runs scored, four doubles and a triple through 77 plate appearances. When the Guardians are fully healthy, Mercado projects as a fourth outfielder.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Back on bench Sunday
Mercado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
Mercado will sit for the fourth time in seven games and looks to have moved into a part-time role following Owen Miller's recent return from a stint on the COVID-19 injured list as well as Steven Kwan's return from a five-game absence due to a hamstring Injury. Though he made an early fantasy splash by supplying three home runs, a triple, a double and nine RBI through the Guardians' first six games, Mercado has produced only three extra-base hits -- all doubles -- and two RBI since that time.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Solid in doubleheader
Mercado went 3-for-7 with two RBI and a run scored across both games in Wednesday's doubleheader versus the White Sox.
Considering Mercado went just 1-for-7 during last weekend's series versus the Giants, this was an encouraging pair of games. The 27-year-old started in right field and batted eighth in both contests. For the season, he's slashing .188/.188/.563 with three home runs, nine RBI and four runs scored through nine contests. The Guardians' current COVID-19 outbreak should keep him in a regular role if he avoids getting sick, but Mercado will likely be a part-time player once everyone's healthy.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Not yet affected by Naylor's return
Mercado will start in right field and bat eighth in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the White Sox, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Though Josh Naylor returned from the 10-day injured list Friday to further crowd the Guardians' outfield ranks, Mercado thus far hasn't been too affected from a playing-time standpoint. Mercado has now started at either corner-outfield spot in three of the Guardians' four games since Naylor's return. At the very least, Mercado seems well positioned to hold down a short-side platoon role, and he could continue to see time against right-handed pitching if he maintains his power production. Mercado is getting on base at a weak .188 clip this season, but five of his six hits on the campaign have gone for extra bases.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Goes deep in victory
Mercado went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a double in the victory over the Reds on Wednesday.
The outfielder doubled off Nick Lodolo in the top of the third inning and later took Buck Farmer deep in the fifth for a solo shot. Mercado now has three home runs and nine RBI through 25 at-bats in 2022 after he produced six long balls and 19 RBI over 214 at-bats last season.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Swats another homer
Mercado went 1-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's 10-7 win over Kansas City.
Mercado launched a grand slam Sunday and followed it up with a two-run shot in the fourth inning Monday. He added another RBI on a ninth-inning groundout. The 27-year-old is 3-for-16 with three extra-base hits and eight RBI on the year.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Belts grand slam Sunday
Mercado went 2-for-6 with a grand slam, a triple and five total RBI in Sunday's win over the Royals.
The Guardians were explosive on offense and Mercado was a big part of that, as he jacked a bomb that cleared the bases in the first as part of a six-run inning. He had gone hitless in the first two games of the season, and in total he's only 2-for-11 so far.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Oscar Mercado: Likely platoon player
Mercado is 5-for-23 through nine Cactus League games.
Mercado projects as a fourth outfielder for the Guardians, who have noticeable weak spots in the corner outfield spots. Myles Straw is locked in as the starting center fielder, but Mercado may have to settle for splitting time with Josh Naylor and Bradley Zimmer in the corners. As a right-handed hitter, Mercado is likely to feature on the short side of any platoon he ends up in -- he's slashed a paltry .230/.283/.369 against right-handed pitchers in the last three seasons. There's also a chance the 27-year-old could lose playing time if prospect Steven Kwan gets called up to the big leagues this year.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Adds steal Thursday
Mercado went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in Thursday's 6-1 win over Kansas City.
The outfielder did a little bit of everything Thursday. Mercado has seen some success on the basepaths lately, notching two of his seven steals this year in the last five games. He's slashing only .221/.300/.368 in 228 plate appearances while adding six home runs, 18 RBI and 27 runs scored. The 26-year-old will likely get a couple more chances to audition for a roster spot ahead of the 2022 season.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Notches sixth stolen base
Mercado went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the White Sox.
The 26-year-old has seen a fair share of playing time as part of Cleveland's corner outfield rotation, but he has gone just 8-for-51 (.157) in September. Mercado has homered three times in 18 games this month, but his cold bat has seen him serve as more of a fourth outfielder. For the year, Mercado is slashing .216/.293/.366 with six homers, six steals, 17 RBI and 24 runs scored through 215 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Slams game-winning homer
Mercado went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 5-3 win over the White Sox in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Mercado was blanked in his first three plate appearances before hitting a game-winning homer off Jose Ruiz. He is batting just .159 with three long balls in September. On the season, the 26-year-old is slashing .219/.298/.374 with six homers, 17 RBI and 24 runs scored in 208 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Replaces banged-up Harold Ramirez
Mercado will start in left field and bat ninth in the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Royals.
After cracking the lineup for the past two games when Myles Straw and Bradley Zimmer both received maintenance days, Mercado will draw a third straight start for the first game of Monday's twin bill with Harold Ramirez (shoulder) out. So long as Ramirez's injury is only a day-to-day concern, Mercado will serve as a fourth outfielder when Cleveland is at full strength in the outfield.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Goes yard in blowout victory
Mercado went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk Wednesday against Minnesota.
Mercado broke the game open with his fifth-inning long ball, taking Minnesota starter Griffin Jax deep to left field to give Cleveland a 4-0 lead. Mercado is just 5-for-25 in the month of September, but he's currently riding a modest three-game hit streak.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Contributes solo homer
Mercado went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Twins.
Mercado gave Cleveland a 3-1 lead when he took Minnesota starter Andrew Albers deep in the fourth inning. It was the fourth longball of the year for Mercado, who has put together an .838 OPS over his last 15 games, posting a .364 on-base percentage and three homers during that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Playing time trending down
Mercado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
On the bench for the third time in four games, Mercado may have lost hold of a primary role in the corner outfield to Daniel Johnson. Since receiving a promotion from Triple-A Columbus two months ago, Mercado is slashing a pedestrian .234/.312/.362 with three home runs and five stolen bases.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: On bench Saturday
Mercado is not starting Saturday's game against the Red Sox.
Mercado went 0-for-3 in Friday's series opener and has hit .222 with a home run and two RBI in his last 10 games. Daniel Johnson is playing left field and batting eighth Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Indians' Oscar Mercado: Gets breather Thursday
Mercado isn't starting Thursday's game against the Rangers.
Mercado went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs and a strikeout in Wednesday's win, but he'll get a breather Thursday. Daniel Johnson will start in left field and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
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|Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia|
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