Oscar Mercado
Oscar Mercado
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Mercado received a promotion to the big leagues in mid-May and moved into an everyday role within a few weeks, eventually settling into center field (where he made 77 starts). He slashed .269/.318/.443 with 15 home runs, 54 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 115 games during his age-24 season. Mercado never flashed significant offensive ability in the upper minors until last season, when he posted a 131 wRC+ before his call-up. He hit 19 homers between Triple-A and the majors, marking only the second time in his professional career that he's hit double-digit long balls. Mercado eclipsed 30 stolen bases in four minor-league seasons and totaled 29 in 2019 between Triple-A and the majors, so he's likely to provide more value on the basepaths. Cleveland's outfield remains devoid of top-level talent entering 2020, so Mercado should have every chance to retain a starting job. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2013. Traded to the Indians in July of 2018.
Locked in as CF
OFCleveland Indians
March 26, 2020
Mercado (wrist) was locked in as the Indians' everyday center fielder when camp was suspended, MLB.com's Mandy Bell reports.
ANALYSIS
Mercado's status as the everyday center fielder is the most secure of any Indians outfielder, as Franmil Reyes will open in right field, but Mercado could also get starts at DH if Domingo Santana struggles. Tyler Naquin (knee) and Jordan Luplow could form a platoon in left field. While Mercado was dealing with a mild wrist sprain a few weeks ago, that should be a non-issue when play resumes.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
57
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
40
1
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .775 175 24 7 21 9 .263 .320 .455
Since 2017vs Right .753 307 46 8 33 6 .273 .317 .436
2019vs Left .775 175 24 7 21 9 .263 .320 .455
2019vs Right .753 307 46 8 33 6 .273 .317 .436
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
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .844 241 34 11 35 6 .289 .339 .505
Since 2017Away .679 241 36 4 19 9 .250 .297 .382
2019Home .844 241 34 11 35 6 .289 .339 .505
2019Away .679 241 36 4 19 9 .250 .297 .382
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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.33
 
BB Rate
5.8%
 
K Rate
17.4%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.174
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.318
 
SLG
.443
 
OPS
.761
 
wOBA
.332
 
Exit Velocity
88.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
39.7%
 
Barrels/PA
2.3%
 
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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.
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MRI confirms mild sprain
OFCleveland Indians
Wrist
March 7, 2020
Mercado's MRI confirmed a mild left wrist sprain and he is considered day-to-day, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Heading for MRI
OFCleveland Indians
Wrist
March 6, 2020
Mercado will undergo an MRI on his left wrist Friday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Diagnosed with sprained wrist
OFCleveland Indians
Wrist
March 5, 2020
Mercado has been diagnosed with a sprained left wrist, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Exits with potential wrist injury
OFCleveland Indians
Wrist
March 5, 2020
Mercado exited Thursday's Cactus League game against the Giants with a potential wrist injury, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Sitting Sunday
OFCleveland Indians
September 29, 2019
Mercado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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