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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%: 6/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Pirates' Jordy Mercer collects two hits Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went 2 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored in his team's 10-2 win over the Brewers Sunday.

Mercer got the day off Saturday and came back with his first multihit game of the season. He was moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup Sunday with the team resting leadoff hitter Josh Harrison. Mercer is 5 for 18 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs in five games.


Pirates' Jordy Mercer entrenched as starting shortstop


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer is firmly entrenched as the team's starting shortstop and said Monday he was never worried about the perceived competition with Jung Ho Kang, MLB.com reports.

"I never worried about it one bit, to be perfectly honest," Mercer said. "That's kind of the way I always am. Put my head down and keep playing."

Mercer opened the spring with just three hits in 23 at-bats but has managed seven hits in his last 11 at-bats to raise his spring average to .293. General manager Neal Huntington threw his support behind Mercer earlier in March.

"We love Jordy Mercer," Huntington said in early March. "The narrative is, he's the guy. He had a really tough start last year, but then was one of the best shortstops in the league. Shortstop is not a competition."

"Yeah, any time somebody says something like that about you -- especially coming from management -- it's really good to hear," Mercer said Monday. "Still, it's not going to change how I play. I just continue to push forward."


Pirates SS Jordy Mercer looks to build from strong 2014 finish


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer worked on improving his defensive struggles last year with Clint Barmes and his offensive struggles with first-base coach Nick Leyva, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"What's the best thing that Barmes could do for our ballclub? That's to tutor this young kid, and that’s exactly what he did," Leyva said. "It was phenomenal to watch that."

Mercer hit .199 through the first 49 games last season. He bounced back with a .278 batting average, a .333 on-base percentage, 11 home runs and 19 doubles since June 2. Now that Mercer is the incumbent starter at shortstop, he is hoping to use his experience as an advantage to beat out Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang for playing time throughout the season.

"You can't substitute for innings played, you can't substitute for at-bats, you can't substitute for innings pitched at this level," Leyva said. "You talk all you want about it, but when you get 450 at-bats, you've had a major league season. When you've played 140 games, you've played a major league season. The only way you're going to get those is by competing and getting the job done."


Pirates' Kang clarifies comment about being better than Mercer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang made some headlines in the offseason when he was quoted as saying he "can play better" than Pirates starting shortstop Jordy Mercer.

But Kang said Wednesday he wasn't trying to put down Mercer and was trying to convey he's most comfortable at shortstop.

"That was a little bit of a misinterpretation. I don't want to steal his position. It's all about competition," Kang said, per MLB.com. "I want to have a friendly competition with all of the players and work along with all of them -- like a synergy.

"It's not like I'm stealing it, but if I get a chance, I would like to play shortstop. If I get another opportunity at another position, I'm open to playing another position."


Huntington: Pirates' Kang 'horrified' at portrayal of Mercer quote


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday the team is "trying to reduce expectations up front" for shortstop Jung-ho Kang in an effort to "allow him to transition and become comfortable."

The expectations are certainly riding high for Kang, who is coming off a 40-homer season in Korea. Kang also put himself in a tough position a few weeks ago when he was quoted as saying he "can play better than" Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer.

Although, Huntington said Kang was "absolutely horrified" how the quote about winning the shortstop job over Mercer was portrayed in the U.S., per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"The one mistake I made through Kang process is not coming out and saying how much we like Jordy Mercer," Huntington told MLB Network Radio. "We like him."

Huntington said Kang is "most comfortable" at shortstop, but added he is going to play at second and third base in spring training as well.


Newcomer Kang already angling for Pirates starting shortstop job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) While Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang is on his way to Pittsburgh to finalize a deal with the Pirates, the 27-year-old infielder seems extremely confident in his skills and put incumbent Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer on notice that he's aiming for his job, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"If I get an opportunity to play consistently, I think I can play better (than Mercer)," Kang told the Yonhap News Agency. "I think I’ll have to talk to the team about my position, but I’d like to play shortstop."

Mercer played in a career-high 149 games last season, batting .255 with 12 home runs, 27 doubles and 55 RBI. Kang hit .356 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games in 2014 for Nexen of the Korea Baseball Organization.

If Pittsburgh completes the deal with Kang, it seems Mercer views Kang's confidence as a plus for the team.

"It's good to see he has got confidence coming in," Mercer said. "All of us can use that, for sure. If we all set our sights on one goal and have confidence in our ability, the sky is the limit for this team. So, it’s exciting to see it."


Jordy Mercer slugs 12th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates infielder Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 10-6 loss to the Reds Saturday.

Mercer put his team on the board with an RBI groundout in the second inning and followed it up with a solo blast in the fifth. He was just 2 for 26 in his last eight games entering play Saturday. Mercer has hit .257/.308/.390 with 12 home runs and 55 RBI in 502 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer gets thumbs-up for Thursday action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is back in action Thursday against visiting Boston. He had been absent from the lineup since Sunday with a back problem.

Mercer returns on a roll. He was 14 of 36 in his last eight games before going down.


Jordy Mercer out again for Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been given the red light for the second straight game Wednesday against Boston. He has been dealing with a back issue.

Mercer was on a 14-for-36 run before being sidelined.


Jordy Mercer scratched with back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness, the team announced. Clint Barmes will replace Mercer at the position and bat eighth.

Jordy Mercer swats 10th home run Saturday vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 5-0 win over the Cubs Saturday.

Mercer plated the first run of the game by singling home the leadoff man in the first inning. He then remained quiet until the ninth, when he extended his team's lead to five runs with his 10th blast of the season. Mercer has hit .245/.300/.379 in 441 at-bats, and three of his home runs have come in his last six games.