The Pirates have announced that they have called up infielder Jordy Mercer from the AAA Indianapolis Indians. This is the second callup in two days for the Pirates, as they recalled LOOGY Doug Slaten yesterday as Juan Cruz was placed on the restricted list to attend to personal matters.
The 25-year old Mercer was the Pirates’ third round draft pick in the 2008 Rule 4 draft. This year in AAA Indy, Mercer has hit .303/.379/.417 with three home runs, while playing decent defense (from the limited stats we can see). Pirates Prospects says “Baseball America referred to him as having the potential to be a good hitter while also staying at short, although his plate discipline wasn’t exactly ideal.” They go on to say, ” He’s bigger than the typical shortstop, but he’s a good defensive player with solid range, good hands and a strong arm, strong enough that he served as closer for Oklahoma State.” Mercer has split time between second base, third, and short this season, but he should be a regular-time shortstop in the bigs. He wears the number 69, so I’m not quite sure about his character.
To make room for Mercer on the 25-man roster, super-utility man Yamaico Navarro was sent down to AAA Indianapolis. In 25 games for the Pirates this season, Navarro has hit .178/.255/.244 while hitting one home run and grounding into a double play twice. Navarro had played seven games in left field, two in right, three at shortstop, two at third base, and one game at second.