Chiefs Chatter #4 – Meet SS Oscar Mercado

As February (and then Spring Training) approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with spring training on the way it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, meet: Alex Reyes, Carson Kelly (who played for us last year) and Rob Kaminsky.

Today we introduce you to Oscar Mercado

Oscar Mercado SS Ht: 6’2 Wt: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right
Date of Birth: 12/16/94
Twitter: @osc_merc
Resides: Tampa, FL
Acquired: Drafted in 2nd Round (57th overall) in 2013 out of Vivian Gaither High School

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Participated in the Cardinals Fall Instructional League
  • Ranked by TheCardinalNation.com as the Cardinals #22 Prospect
  • Reporting to Spring Training early as part of Cardinals Minor League STEP camp

 2013:

  • Played in 42 games for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Cardinals batting .209 with four triples, 14 RBI and 18 runs scored
  • Stole 12 bases in 16 attempts and collected five doubles
  • Hit his first professional home run on August 22 at Nationals
  • Hit .247 in home games and .232 against right-handed pitching
  • Hit .237 in August with six extra-base hits, 11 RBI and nine runs scored
  • Batted first or second in the lineup in 38 of 42 games
  • Hit .286 with runners in scoring position over 42 at-abts and was 2-for-5 with three RBI with the bases loaded
  • Stole two bases in each of his first two professional games
  • Collected first pro hit on June 27
  • Had three hits and three runs scored with a double, triple and walk on July 3 at Nationals
  • Collected three hits again on August 20 with three RBI against the Mets
  • Had two five-game hitting streaks, both in August
  • Drove in a run in three straight games August 20-22.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

HS:

  • As a senior at Gaither High School hit .286 in 2013 in 63 plate appearances
  • Was ranked by Baseball America as one of the top three defensive high school shortstops in the 2013 draft
  • Participated in the East Coast Pro Showcase in 2013
  • Named an Under Armour All-American and Perfect Game All-American in high school
  • Played in the Perfect Game All American Game at Petco Park in San Diego
  • As a junior in 2012 hit .370, drove in 29 runs, and hit one homerun
  • As a sophomore in 2011 Mercado hit .338 and drove in 23 runs
  • As a freshman, Mercado hit .310 and scored 15 runs in 42 plate appearances
  • He was committed to Florida State University
  • Actress Brittany Snow and former MLB catcher Kevin Cash graduated from Gaither HS
  • Actor Channing Tatum attended Gaither before graduating from Tampa Catholic HS.

Misc:

  • Born in Cartagena, Colombia, the country’s fifth largest city
  • Orlando Cabrera and Julio Teheran are from Cartagena
  • Moved to Florida with his family at the age of eight
  • Played in the South Brandon Little League…Played travel ball with the Tampa Bay Warriors.

Professional Career Highs
Hits: 3, July 3 at Nationals & August 20 vs. Mets
Runs: 3, July 3 at Nationals
Home Runs: 1, August 22 at Nationals
RBI: 3, August 20 vs. Mets
Doubles: 1, many times
Triples: 1, many times
Walks: 2, last August 22 at Nationals
Strikeouts: 4, August 2 at Marlins
Stolen Bases: 2, many times, last July 15 at Nationals
Hit Streak: 5, August 3-9 & August 19-23

Video of Oscar signing with the Cardinals plus comments from Cardinals Scouting Director Dan Kantrovitz

prospect Video

Read More about Oscar: 

1 Comment

The kid you should really watch is Malik Collymore. He is going to to be special. Speed, power, defense and a crazy work ethic. When he gets more pro AB’s under his belt he will be a name frequently heard among top performers. I would like to hear more about him. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: