2013 Draft: Oscar Mercado

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The 2013 amateur draft will be held from June 6-8 this year, and between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Oscar Mercado | SS

Background
Mercado was born in Colombia, but he and his family moved to the United States when he was eight years old. He plays for Gaither High School in Tampa — a straight shot on Dale Mabry Boulevard and about 20 minutes from George M. Steinbrenner Field — and is committed to Florida State.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 175 lbs., Mercado’s calling card is his defense. He’s a no-doubt shortstop long-term because of his fast-twitch athleticism, quick reactions, soft hands, and strong throwing arm. The concern is his offense, as it’s unclear if he’ll hit enough in pro ball. Mercado, a right-handed hitter, is a line drive hitter without much power or much projection for future power. He can run and is a threat to steal, but he simply might not hit enough against better pitching. Here’s some more video.

Miscellany
Baseball America (subs. req’d) and Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranked Mercado as the 30th and 34th best prospect in the draft, respectively, in their latest rankings. He’s one of the two best shortstops in the draft — California high schooler J.P. Crawford is the other, and he’s expected to be a top 10-15 pick — and the Yankees love raw-ish, up-the-middle athletes. Considering he plays right in their back yard in Tampa, it’s safe to say Mercado is at least on their radar and someone they could consider for one of their top three selections (26th, 32nd, 33rd).

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  • blake

    love these posts….nice work.

    • jjyank

      Same. Makes the draft much more interesting for us fans when we’ve actually heard of a few of these guys.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Too bad the MLB draft isn’t as big as the NFL. You always see segments or an entire hour of the NFL draft on ESPN or the Network.

        • jjyank

          I wish MLBN did more stuff like that. ESPN wouldn’t, because it hates baseball.

          • Slugger27

            ESPN doesn’t because the vast majority of people dont care. have you ever watched the mlb draft? holy shit is it a snooze fest.

            not to mention, players in the nfl draft can make an impact on an nfl team a few months later. in mlb, its a few years, if theyre one of the lucky prospects that dont bust.

            • jjyank

              I know you’re right. I over-simplified that “ESPN hates baseball” thing, I know it’s largely audience driven. It just always annoys me to watch a 5 minute segment in May about how hard Darrelle Revis’ job is, only to get a 30 second clip on an actual, meaningful baseball game. Followed by 5 more minutes on the NFL draft. /end mini rant.

              • Slugger27

                i hear you man. the sad reality is that most dont enjoy baseball as much as commenters on here. oh well.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            Yea it would be good to see the Network do that more often. Doesn’t have to be everyday but at least once or twice a week.

          • The Big City of Dreams

            I wish the Yankees did more features on their prospects. I understand why they don’t want to show games but what’s wrong with a 30 minute recap at the end of the week. Prospects on the rise, highlights, interviews with players and coaches, players coming back from injuries, interviews with Patterson, Cash, Opp, and Newman, thoughts on the draft, etc. But I’m asking for two much.

  • trr

    yup! where else can you get this kind of stuff?

  • blake

    considering the Yanks have 3 1st rounders more or less then if he’s available it wouldn’t be the worst thing to throw another SS at the wall….they need as many options there as they can get.

  • mrdbag

    Sounds like a pass.

  • Yankee Since 1957

    We already have a good field/no hit SS prospect. Cito Culver. No need for another.

    • Chris

      He would look good as the 2nd half of an all hit no defense Nunez platoon.

    • Caballo Sin Nombre

      Make sure not to look at today’s Charleston box score.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Not that I know a goddamn thing about this kid other than the write-up, I guess the glove-first thing would slightly concern me? Then again, it seems like this guy’s ranked as a true first-rounder and not a bit of a reach like Culver. That must count for something.

    • jjyank

      Yeah. I’m not saying the Yanks should draft him, but I’m guessing that nobody here saying they shouldn’t has any idea that he’s like Culver in any way outside of a sentence or two on a blog.

      Maybe he’s exactly like Culver. But his bat (so far) being a noodle doesn’t mean the same thing will be true of this kid. I don’t remember what Culver was ranked by the various publications, but I’m pretty sure this kid is higher than Culver ever was.

  • Jersey Joe

    Hmm. Glove-first shortstops never really learn to hit. So pass. He’s a dime-a-dozen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      EVER.

  • John C

    Agree. Sounds like another Cito Culver, and he’s only 20. I’d pass on the early picks. If he’s still there when their 2nd round pick comes up, then I’d take a chance on him.

  • Andy

    Any way to get the radio coverage of the Yankees on my laptop or phone?

    • Blake

      The at bat app had the radio and TV broadcasts

    • jjyank

      Well, off topic, but yes. MLB.TV offers audio (and an audio only package). You can use it via or laptop or on your phone with the MLB At Bat app, though the app costs additional money, if I’m not mistaken.

      • Dr. TJ Eckleburg

        I think I just bought it for like $19.99, the audio portion of the app, that is.

  • Yankee Since 1957

    I went to the Trenton game last night in NH. Just some observations in what had to be one of the ugliest games I have ever seen. Not one decent looking pitcher, JR Murphy can’t hit, can’t throw and can’t filed and Slade H looked bad in the field. He made a 3-4 bounce throw to the plate when he had a chance to get the guy at the plate, and looked like he misjudged a flyball.

  • Yankee Since 1957

    On the bright side. Tyler Austin looked great at the plate. Opposite field HR and a double down the 3rd base line that scored Heathcott from 1st. I knew Heathcott was going home and I videoed the whole play waiting for a play/collision at the plate, but the catcher did not block the plate and Slade scored easily. Boy, can he run. If someone knows how to do it, I can show you the video.

    • jjyank

      You can upload it to youtube and put the link here.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Austin maybe the safest bet in the organization.

  • Yankee Since 1957

    @ jjyank says: April 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    You can upload it to youtube and put the link here.

    Here it is:
    http://youtu.be/dWMB4LboW0Q

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Sweet.

      Austin can flat out hit.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    You can pay for this in the IFA draft, save our three picks for BPA.

  • coolerking101

    I’m actually shocked that a HS kid whose hitting skills are in doubt would be ticketed for the 1st round. Is it really so hard to find a smooth fielding SS with a limited bat?