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Oscar Mercado 2020 Outlook

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I think his lineup spot can be in flux, but if you believe he will produce, then you should also believe that he will work his way to the #2 spot (or maybe leadoff?). 

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On 4/5/2020 at 9:00 AM, chucky said:

Reminds me of another Cleveland OFer....Kenny Lofton....anyone?


Can’t say I agree with that comparison. 

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Ya, I would say Marte is the better comparison there.  The power spiked a bit last season, but the speed is real.  I would think 12-15hrs (possibly a few more) and 30-35sb (possibly more if Francona gives him the green light) is realistic.  Could also be a good source of runs if he hits 1 or 2 in that order for the whole season.

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1 hour ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

Who cares where a batter hits.  Things can change quickly.  Doesn't mean he has to bat 9th all season long.

 

I agree but in a short season its tough. Francona seems committed to his 1-2-3. Its not something you drop the guy over but it hurts him somewhat.

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5 hours ago, bradwatson said:

This guy stinks.

He doesn't stink, but he's in a slump and hard to break a slump when benched so often.

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Really hard to hang onto this guy in a short-season redraft.  I may have to cut bait on the next waiver run if he doesn't have a decent game or two in the next couple of days.  

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 Not much in this thread between March (next Marte) And today (he sucks).   Any insight on why this guy hasn’t played/performed?  Worth a shot?

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1 hour ago, Cesare13 said:

 Not much in this thread between March (next Marte) And today (he sucks).   Any insight on why this guy hasn’t played/performed?  Worth a shot?

 

I don’t have much insight per say as to why he sucks so much right now, at least analytically-speaking, but I’d offer up this...

Mercado came into the league last season as a nice, solid prospect, but unmistakably nowhere near elite. He hit solidly in the minors, not spectacular; average power, good base stealer, solid defensively in the outfield. He started off his major league ball career swinging a real hot bat. Then it cooled markedly for some time, before sprinkling in a couple nice little spurts towards the end of the season.

Now that the league has had more than enough time to adjust - coupled in with the fact that while Mercado has some nice tools, he is by no means some special talent with some super-high ceiling, I think we’re starting to see Mercado settle in to what he probably was always destined to become: a borderline bottom third of the order 3rd or 4th outfielder, wholly league average ballplayer. 

Could be wrong though....but I doubt it.

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Mercado was recalled yesterday but didn't start. I'll be watching to see if he can pick it back up this time around. 

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[...] Went 1-2 with 2 runs and a SB today. Anyone here think he can pull it back together over the last three weeks? Get some momentum heading into 2021?

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9 minutes ago, Flyman75 said:

[...] Went 1-2 with 2 runs and a SB today. Anyone here think he can pull it back together over the last three weeks? Get some momentum heading into 2021?

He can, but playing time is the question.  This was the first game he started since he was recalled.  If he gets even close to regular playing time, then sure, it's not like last season wasn't backed up by solid minor league numbers.  He fell out of favor a little fast since the whole bottom half of their lineup has been laughably bad.

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