Oscar Mercado
Oscar Mercado
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mercado was traded at the deadline from St. Louis to Cleveland in a rare prospect-for-prospect trade, but remained at the Triple-A level for the remainder of the season. In 132 games at the highest level of the minors between the two organizations, the 24-year-old managed a .278/.349/.390 line, good for a roughly average 99 wRC+. That figure certainly doesn't excite, but it's fine for a player who profiles well in center field. Mercado isn't going to be a star, but he's now with an organization that has a shortage of quality outfielders. His combination of an adequate bat and good defense could be enough to earn him a run in the lineup at some point. If that happens, Mercado's speed in particular will interest fantasy owners, as he's swiped an average of 39.5 bags over the last four seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2013. Traded to the Indians in July of 2018.
Reaches base three times
OFCleveland Indians
May 20, 2019
Mercado went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, two runs and an RBI in Sunday's 10-0 win over the Orioles.
ANALYSIS
Utilized as a bench player in two of his first three games with the big club, Mercado rejoined lineup for the series finale and made a good case for sticking as an everyday player. The 24-year-old showed his full range of skills and would have chipped in a stolen base had he not slid off second base and gotten tagged. At the very least, the right-handed Mercado should pick up another start in Monday's series opener against the Athletics with a lefty (Brett Anderson) on the hill for the opposition.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+124%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+124%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .633 10 1 0 1 0 .222 .300 .333
Since 2017vs Right 1.417 6 4 0 1 0 .500 .667 .750
2019vs Left .633 10 1 0 1 0 .222 .300 .333
2019vs Right 1.417 6 4 0 1 0 .500 .667 .750
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+340%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+340%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home 1.100 12 4 0 2 0 .400 .500 .600
Since 2017Away .250 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2019Home 1.100 12 4 0 2 0 .400 .500 .600
2019Away .250 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Oscar Mercado compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
10.0%
 
K Rate
20.0%
 
BABIP
.385
 
ISO
.176
 
AVG
.294
 
OBP
.400
 
SLG
.471
 
OPS
.871
 
wOBA
.401
 
Exit Velocity
86.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
60.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Sits again Friday
OFCleveland Indians
May 17, 2019
Mercado remains on the bench Friday against the Orioles, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Takes seat Thursday
OFCleveland Indians
May 16, 2019
Mercado is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Starting Tuesday in MLB debut
OFCleveland Indians
May 14, 2019
The Indians officially called up Mercado from Triple-A Columbus ahead of Tuesday's game against the White Sox. He'll start in left field and bat sixth in his MLB debut, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com.
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Joining Indians in Chicago
OFCleveland Indians
May 13, 2019
Mercado is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Columbus, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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On fire at Triple-A
OFCleveland Indians
April 25, 2019
Mercado went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double Thursday in Triple-A Columbus' 4-0 win over Norfolk.
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