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Oscar Mercado

Born: 12/16/1994 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 197
Primary Position: SS
Secondary Position: CF
Large frame, lean and wiry; some room to fill out, not likely to build a ton of bulk; good-looking athletic body
Evaluator Steve Givarz
Report Date 09/05/2016
Dates Seen 7/8/2016-7/11/2016
Affiliate Palm Beach Cardinals (High A, Cardinals)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2019 High 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 30 Tall, even stance; short hand path to the ball, fringe-average bat speed, lacks present strength; struggled to recognize pitches, particularly vulnerable to breaking balls away; mild feel for the barrel, hit balls lack velocity and carry
Power 30 Well below-average raw; swing lacks plane and strength, not an over-the-fence power hitter; will generate some extra bases with speed, gap-to-gap appoach

Baserunning/Speed 70 4.11 home-to-first; takes poor jumps on the bases, better runner underway, still has enough raw speed to play on the bases
Glove 50 Plus range in the middle infield, shows good hands, elite athleticism, will make the flashy play; footwork needs to be polished, will overrun balls, raw feel for setting up the best hops
Arm 55 Above-average arm strength, plays on the left side of the infield and all three outfield positions

While my looks were shortstop-only, Mercado played outfield as well this year and has the physical tools to profile in center. He needs to add strength to frame, though, as his contact right now is consistently weak and he struggles with a poor approach at the plate. The light bat leaves him profiling as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement off the bench.

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