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10 Jordy Mercer SS
Height/Weight: 6-3/204 | Birthdate: 8/27/1986 | Birthplace: Seiling, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 27/20 | Average Draft Position: 277.13
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Jordy Mercer slugs seventh home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

Mercer has managed to pick up a base hit in five straight games, but Wednesday's home run was his first since June 21. He has hit .254/.296/.370 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 335 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer emerging as option to bat second vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was slotted second in the batting order Monday against the Giants for the third time this season and second time in three games.

Mercer has become an option to hit second when a left-handed starter is on the hill, as was the case Monday with Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner.

"I think he gives us, against left-handed pitching, probably the best dynamic in that spot right now," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "From last season into this season, he’s been one of our better hitters against left-handed pitching. He’s a guy we’ve used to play some small ball with, a guy who’s shown an ability to barrel the ball. He’s leading the team in RBIs against left-handed pitching in probably less at-bats than the other guys had."

Mercer is batting .319 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .809 OPS in 40 games against lefties this season.


Jordy Mercer batting .375 in July


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer drove in two runs during a 5-3 win Sunday against the Rockies. He finished 2 for 3 with one run and one walk.

Mercer drove in both runs with a single in the second inning. It was his second multi-RBI game in July. Mercer is batting .375 (21 for 57) with five doubles and nine RBI in 16 July games.


Jordy Mercer drives in four in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer played a big role in an 8-2 win over the Phillies Friday.

Mercer went 2 for 4 with four RBI, as he drove in two runs with each hit. He brought two around on a first-inning single, and then plated  two more with his double in the seventh inning.

Mercer is hitting .243/.283/.359 in 78 games for the Pirates. 


Jordy Mercer remains deep-league option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) You might be surprised to know Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been the sixth-highest scoring shortstop over the last 28 days in Head-to-Head leagues, and he's been the fourth-ranked shortstop in Rotisserie leagues in that span. Maybe even more shocking is that he ranks ahead of Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in both formats over the last 28 days.

Mercer has been pretty good since a minor benching in late May. He is batting .295 with a .500 slugging percentage and .823 OPS in his last 22 games. It's been one of the best stretches of his career.

Mercer credits his surge to being able to drive the ball to the opposite field. It seems to be helping his confidence at the plate, but I'm just not convinced this is more than a hot streak.

As I wrote in this week's Waiver Wire, I'm a little more confident in J.D. Martinez and Steve Pearce after they made mechanical tweaks to their approach because at least they showed offensive potential in the minors. Mercer showed some pop in the minors, but he was never a standout offensive player. I still believe Mercer remains more of a Fantasy option for deep leagues.


Jordy Mercer developing into more confident hitter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) At the end of May, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided to pull shortstop Jordy Mercer out of the lineup for two games as he was struggling offensively. It seems the brief time off was beneficial, as Mercer has been on an offensive tear for a few weeks.

He's batting .300 with a .525 slugging percentage and .854 OPS in his last 20 games. Over that stretch, he has three doubles, five home runs, 14 RBI and 16 runs.

"The start of it is hitting balls the other way," Mercer said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Staying on balls and driving them into both the left and right (field) gaps. Everything kind of takes care of itself after that. Once I get a good hitting position, I let it fly."

Manager Clint Hurdle likes what he sees from the 27-year-old infielder.

"His month of June has been very solid," Hurdle said. "He's getting his swing off. He's playing solid defense. His confidence is growing. It's fun to watch him get in the box now with more intent."


Jordy Mercer smacks sixth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-3 win over the Cubs Saturday.

Mercer has homered in back-to-back games as well as three times in the last seven games, the latter of which represents half of his season total. He has hit .234/.268/.362 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 218 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer knocks fourth home run in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 8-6 win over the Marlins Saturday.

Mercer kicked off the day's scoring with a solo home run in the second inning, and he chipped in another RBI with a fifth-inning double. He has hit .230/.261/.342 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 196 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer remains on tear with two-hit game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was stumbling along with a .190 batting average just five days ago. He is now at .232, courtesy of a sizzling streak that continued Friday night against the Brewers.

Mercer slammed a solo home run in the fifth and added a two-run single an inning later. That gave him 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats with two home runs and eight runs scored. His slugging percentage is at a season-high .335.


Jordy Mercer ties career high with four hits


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer homered and matched his career high with four hits in a 10-3 win over the Padres on Monday. Mercer blasted a 414-foot solo shot into the second deck beyond the left-field fence, his second homer this season.

Mercer went 4 for 5 with a walk, two RBI and four runs scored, raising his average to .219/.256/.311.


Jordy Mercer enjoys great series against Cards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer capped a fine series against the Cardinals by belting his first homer this season in a 2-for-5 performance Sunday. In addition to the two-run shot, Mercer hit his fifth double.

Mercer went 6 for 12 with a walk in the series, raising his average to .202.


Scuffling Jordy Mercer remains Thursday in Pirates lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Jordy Mercer will make his sixth straight start for the Pirates in Game 1 of the doubleheader Thursday in Baltimore. And he's still searching for his first hit in that stretch.

Mercer is hitless in his last 18 at-bats and owns a stat line of .167/.222/.182 on the season. He is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted a solid .285 in 333 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer back in starting lineup for Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer returned to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Reds after missing three straight starts due to an ankle injury. While he did not start, Mercer did make a pinch-hit appearance in each of the last three games.

Jordy Mercer strikes out in pinch-hit appearance Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in Monday's 6-5 win over the Reds.

Mercer hasn't been able to start for three straight games due to an ankle injury, but he has pinch hit in each of the missed starts. He has hit .224/.291/.245 in 49 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer misses another start Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer missed a third straight start Monday against the Reds because of an ankle injury. Although he hasn't been able to start, Mercer has been available for pinch-hit duties.

Jordy Mercer has pinch-hit single Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer (ankle) came off the bench Sunday against the Brewers to make a pinch-hit appearance in a 14-inning loss. Mercer managed an infield single in his only at-bat in the 12th inning.

Jordy Mercer misses second straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer missed a second straight start Sunday against the Brewers because of an ankle injury. Clint Barmes once again started in his absence.

Mercer did make a pinch-hit appearance Saturday, recording a fly out to center field in the sixth inning.


Jordy Mercer could be available off bench Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer could be available off the bench for Saturday's game against the Brewers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Mercer is getting treatment before the game and he'll attempt to participate in pregame activities. He had to be removed from Friday's game due to ankle discomfort.


Jordy Mercer leaves with ankle discomfort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was forced out of Friday's game against the Brewers, after taking a shot to the ankle while playing in the field.

He initially stayed in the game after a Brewers baserunner slid into his right ankle, but left shortly after, as Clint Barmes replaced him in the fourth inning. The team announced he was removed from the game with discomfort in the ankle, though nothing more is known at this point. 


Jordy Mercer to start at shortstop in Game 2


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer will get the start over Clint Barmes in Game 2 against St. Louis, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Pirates are looking for offense after scoring just one run in Game 1. Mercer hit .285/.336/.435 with eight home runs in 336 at-bats.


Four hits for Jordy Mercer


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer notched a four-hit game in Tuesday's victory over Texas.

Mercer finished 4 for 5 with a run scored and a pair of doubles. The former utility player has earned a larger role this season, thanks to a .279/.331/.409 batting line.


Jordy Mercer clubs fifth home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer hit his fifth home run Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Mercer got the start ahead of Clint Barmes, and rewarded manager Clint Hurdle with a home run. In the second inning, Mercer hit a solo shot off Adam Wainwright. Mercer is hitting .277/.332/.403 in 238 at-bats. 


Jordy Mercer gets the start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals. 

Mercer will get a shot to perform against Adam Wainwright. He's hitting .275/.331/.391 in 233 at-bats. 


Jordy Mercer 'an option' to play 2B vs. LHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2013) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer went 3 for 4 with one RBI, two doubles, one run and one walk Thursday against the Nationals. He was in the starting lineup at second base since Neil Walker has been struggling against left-handed pitchers.

"Neil is working to get better, and he is aware of the splits," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "We have talked about [Mercer getting playing time at second against left-handers]. It's an option."


Jordy Mercer getting job done for Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2013) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer managed an RBI for the fourth time in five games Wednesday against the Mariners. He has five RBI in that span.

Mercer is batting .328 (20 for 61) with one home run, five RBI, five walks, five doubles and nine runs in his last 15 games.