Melvin Mercedes
Melvin Mercedes
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Agreed to terms with the Tigers in February 2013.
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
December 23, 2015
Mercedes signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Wednesday.
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Mercedes made one appearance with the Tigers in 2014, but spent 2015 between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo. While he was excellent in Double-A, holding a 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings, but struggled in 22 appearances in Triple-A with a 6.68 ERA in 33.2 innings. The 25-year-old doesn't strike out a ton of batters, nor does he keep runners off the base paths, but he's a good depth piece in the team's minor league system.
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While Mercedes did make his major league debut last year, it was short-lived, as he made just one two-inning appearance for the Tigers. The rest of his season was spent with Triple-A Toledo, where he worked solely out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old righty has been brought along slowly through Detroit’s system with just 85.1 innings of work at the higher levels of the minors. His overall numbers in the minors haven’t been pretty, but Detroit remains intrigued by Mercedes’ potential. His No. 1 pitch is a fastball with sinking action that sits around 92-94 mph with the ability to hit the high-90s on occasion. He also works in a plus-slider and improving changeup. While Mercedes could likely use some additional time in the minors to refine his approach on the mound, he’s expected to get a long look this spring. Even if he doesn’t nab an Opening Day roster spot, Mercedes will likely be one of Detroit’s top in-season options for a promotion.
After a rough start in his first couple seasons in the Tigers’ system, Mercedes has righted the ship the past two years to become an intriguing bullpen prospect for Detroit. Mercedes split time between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie in 2013, finishing 5-2 with a 1.19 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 50 appearances. While his strikeout rate (7.8 K/9) wasn’t particularly impressive, Mercedes’ combination of a heavy fastball that touches 97 mph and a plus slider hints at an improvement in whiffs as he develops as a pitcher. With just 26 appearances at Double-A under his belt, Mercedes will likely be ticketed to stops at Erie and/or Triple-A Toledo in 2014, but he could pitch his way onto the Tigers’ radar if the results continue to impress.
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PDetroit Tigers  AAA
December 11, 2014
Mercedes was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Thursday, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
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PDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 16, 2014
Mercedes has been optioned back to Triple-A Toledo, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
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PDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 13, 2014
Mercedes will be called up from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
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PDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 12, 2014
Mercedes was was assigned to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, the Detroit News reports.
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PDetroit Tigers  AAA
June 18, 2013
Mercedes' fastball has topped out at 98 mph this season, the Detroit News reports.
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