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10 Jordy Mercer SS
Height/Weight: 6-3/205 | Birthdate: 8/27/1986 | Birthplace: Taloga, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 7/4 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Pirates SS Jordy Mercer doubles, scores twice on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored in the 8-4 win over the Tigers on Thursday. 

Mercer is on fire at the plate all of a sudden. He is in the midst of an eight-hame hitting streak, during which he is batting .444 (16 for 36) with five doubles. 


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer collects three hits Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went 3 for 4 at the plate Sunday, but it was not enough as the Pirates fell 2-1 to the Braves.

Mercer led the team with three hits and he also drove in a run when he hit a double off Jason Grilli in the ninth inning, which scored Francisco Cervelli.

Prior to his three-hit game Sunday, Mercer was hitting .244 with four doubles and four RBI in his last 11 games.


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer belts walk-off double on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer had three hits on Friday against the Braves, but it was his last one that had all the significance. Mercer connected on a walk-off RBI-double on the 10th inning to give the Pirates the 3-2 victory.

It was Mercer's second double of the game, but the only one that mattered in the end. 

Mercer has been struggling at the plate for the better part of the season, as the three-hit effort pushed his season batting average to just .225.


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer records two hits, RBI in loss to Reds


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went 2 for 6 with a RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Reds on Thursday.

The multi-hit performance was Mercer's first in over eight games. He had been in a slump prior to Thursday, hitting just .115 with three hits in eight games.


Jung Ho Kang gives Jordy Mercer a day off for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game, snapping a string of nine straight starts.

Jung Ho Kang replaces Mercer in the lineup, batting seventh. Kang gets his 16th start of the year at shortstop. 


Pirates' Jordy Mercer has seven-game hitting streak snapped


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee.

The hitless day snapped his hitting streak at seven games. He hadn't gone hitless since May 29. 


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer launches second home run of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went deep in Wednesday's victory over the Giants.

Mercer took starter Tim Hudson deep for a solo home run in the fifth inning. He added a double and finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 5-2 victory. He is hitting .210 with two homers, 11 RBI and a .267 on-base percentage in 43 games this season.


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer blasts first home run of 2015 on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer launched his first home run of the season in his team's 7-4 win over the Giants on Tuesday. Mercer's solo shot in the fifth inning gave the Giants a 6-4 lead. 

Mercer has struggled offensively this season as a part-time player, though he has been hitting better lately. Over his last 10 games, Mercer has eight hits in 25 at-bats, good for a .320 batting average over that span. 


Pirates' Jordy Mercer draws start at shortstop for Tuesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) The Pirates decided to go with shortstop Jordy Mercer over Jung Ho Kang for Tuesday's game at San Francisco, the team announced.

Mercer has not had an at-bat during the last two games. He will bat eighth and go against Chris Henson, who he has never faced in his career. Mercer is batting .316 in his last six games. 

The Pirates are the underdogs (+110) at San Francisco on Tuesday.


Pirates 3B Josh Harrison gets day off Friday vs. Padres


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) After starting 15 straight games, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is receiving a day off Friday against the Padres. Harrison has been on fire with the bat in that stretch, batting .429 (27 for 63) with two home runs and 11 RBI in those 15 games. 

Jung Ho Kang will slide over to the hot corner with Jordy Mercer entering the lineup at shortstop. This is likely just a rest day for Harrison, and he could be back in the lineup on Saturday.


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer benched for battle against Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has shown signs of emerging from a slump that had extended from the second week of the season, but he will not get a chance to give further proof Thursday night against the host Padres. He is out of the lineup.

Mercer ended his modest hit streak at three with an 0-for-3 performance Wednesday. He had played in four straight games and was on a 4-for-8 resurgence after sitting in six of his previous seven.


Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker out of Pirates' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) First baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker are both out of the Pirates' Sunday lineup. 

Alvarez is replaced by Sean Rodriguez, who gets his second start of the year at first base. Rodriguez will hit sixth.

Walker's absence requires shifts at all other infield positions. Josh Harrison moves over from third place to replace Walker at second. Jung Ho Kang moves to third from shortstop, and Jordy Mercer returns to the lineup at short, for just the second time in eight games. 


Pirates looking at mental approach to alleviate Jordy Mercer's slump


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) For the second-consecutive season, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has started the season in a slump and manager Clint Hurdle said Mercer's struggles may be mental, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"That's what we worked last year, the mental part of it first, and then we got into the physical glitch or the mechanical glitch," Hurdle said. "It's similar in some areas, very similar in some areas. We've got to get his hands to work better."

Mercer is hitting .171 in 111 at-bats this season and Hurdle hopes giving Mercer a few games off will help him correct his swing.

"If we've got a mechanical situation where our hands aren't going where we want them to go, why?" Hurdle said. "What are you trying to do? What are you trying to generate? Are you trying to generate power, are you trying to generate lift?"


Pirates confident that Jordy Mercer emerging from slump


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has lost playing time to Jung Ho Kang in the last week, but the Pirates see reason for optimism with him.

Mercer is hitting just .176, with a .434 OPS. 

"We feel he's getting closer to some things," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "There's only one way to find out how close you are or where you are, that's to get back in a game environment and see. We'll take it one day at a time." 


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer getting pushed aside by Jung Ho Kang


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was out of the lineup again on Sunday in favor of rookie Jung Ho Kang, something that is becoming a more common occurrence. But manager Clint Hurdle doesn't prefer one to the other at this point, according to MLB.com.

"We told [Mercer] before the weekend started that he would get it off. We had a plan coming in," said Hurdle. "We'll figure it out as we go. I know the dynamic of working with Jung Ho, getting him more playing time. We'll see where it takes us."

Mercer is hitting just .176 with eight RBI in 108 at-bats on the season. Meanwhile, Kang is showing Hurdle a little more pop at the plate.

"They are different defenders. I compare Jung Ho to a Jhonny Peralta type," said Hurdle. "Jordy probably has more lateral range, and more experience with positioning, and the only way Jung Ho will get that is by continuing to go out there and get those reps. Both have very, very accurate arms."

Hurdle continues to say both will see even time for now.

"It doesn't benefit anyone for me to get ahead of myself," the manager said. "We'll continue to look for the best lineup we can put out there daily. Situations will present themselves. The game gives guys opportunities to do things.

"We'll see, I don't have a crystal ball. I do know Jordy will continue to work and to prepare himself. He is a very good defender and player who has shown us he will try to find his way back on the offensive side of the ball."


Slumping SS Jordy Mercer could have Pirates looking for deal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) With shortstop Jordy Mercer continuing to struggle in 2015, some around the game believe the Pirates might start looking for a possible trade. But, as CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports, the Pirates already have Jung Ho Kang who represents an in-house option.

Kang got off to a slow start in his first season since coming over from Japan. Through April 28, he was batting just .189 with zero home runs and four RBI. But, since a three-hit game on April 29, Kang has been one of the hotter hitters in baseball. In that 11 game stretch, he is hitting .371, while splitting time between shortstop and third base.

So, if the Pirates have indeed seen enough from Mercer and his .183 batting average, Kang would seem to be a logical everyday replacement. 


Pirates' Jung Ho Kang out, Jordy Mercer in at SS on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) After starting four straight games, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will get a day off and be held out of the lineup on Wednesday. After a sluggish start to the season, Kang has turned things around, batting .357 with two home runs over his last eight games.

Jordy Mercer will return the lineup, batting eighth and playing shortstop for manager Clint Hurdle. 


Pirates' Josh Harrison, Francisco Cervelli back in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and catcher Francisco Cervelli are back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Phillies, the team announced.

Harrison was given the day off on Monday with Jung Ho Kang drawing the start at third. He will shift to shortstop Tuesday with Jordy Mercer heading to the bench. Harrison is hitting .173 in 110 at-bats this season. Cervelli got a day off on Monday after starting five straight games for Pittsburgh. He is hitting .253 with four RBI in 83 at-bats this season.

The Pirates are currently the favorites (-155) against Philadelphia.


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer back in lineup after day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Reds after sitting out Wednesday. It was his first day off in 12 games.

Mercer has hit safely in four of his last five games, but he is batting just .217 (5 for 23) in that span. Mercer has no home runs, two doubles and four RBI in 22 games.


SS Mercer in, C Cervelli out of Thursday lineup for Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) One regular has returned, but another is getting a day off Thursday for the Pirates.

Shortstop Jordy Mercer is back in the lineup against the Cubs after being sidelined since Monday with a rib injury. He hopes to bring a hotter bat - he is in a 1-for-15 slump

Meanwhile, starting catcher Francisco Cervelli is catching a break for a day game following a night game. Chris Stewart will squat behind the plate instead.


Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer remains sidelined Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday against the Cubs with a rib injury, the team announced. 

Manager Clint Hurdle believes the injury is nothing more than day to day and hopes to get him back soon, according to MLB Network Radio. Mercer could be available off the bench and may start Thursday, Hurdle said per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jung Ho Kang will replace Mercer at short again Wednesday. Mercer is hitting .200 with two RBI in 35 at-bats.


Pirates SS Mercer reports ribs are feeling better


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Jordy Mercer is not in the starting lineup for the Pirates on Tuesday, but he reports that his ribcage is improving, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mercer added that he would try to throw Tuesday.

Mercer sustained the injury on a hit-by-pitch Sunday, courtesy of Milwaukee pitcher Matt Garza.


Pirates' Jordy Mercer out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.

Mercer left Sunday's game after getting by a pitch, but X-rays on his rib cage came back negative. Manager Clint Hurdle said that the shortstop has one test remaining but the team is treating the injury as a contusion, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"He's in a better place than when I was talking to him (while he was) on his knees on the field," Hurdle said. "He's sore. He feels a lot better."

Jung Ho Kang is making his second start at shortstop for the Pirates, who are favorites (-110) at home against the Cubs Monday.


X-Rays negative for Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (rib cage)


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) X-Rays for Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer revealed no fracture in his rib-cage area, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Mercer left Sunday's game against the Brewers after getting hit with a pitch from Matt Garza in his rib-cage area while attempting to bunt.

The pitch caught him in the left ribs just below the chest.

Mercer's status for Monday against the Cubs remains questionable.

Pirates SS Jordy Mercer exits Sunday after hit in chest with pitch


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer left Sunday's game against the Brewers after getting hit with a pitch from Matt Garza in the rib-cage area attempting to bunt, according to the team.

He's reported as experiencing pain in his rib cage area.

Jung Ho Kang replaced Mercer in the game.

Mercer's status for Monday against the Cubs is unknown.