Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:25:08 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates manager feels it takes at least 1,500 career at-bats in the majors before a player "gets it" and can be reliably evaluated. Three projected starters who yet to reach that level of at-bats is OF Jose Tabata (1,380 at-bats), OF Starling Marte (677 at-bats) and SS Jordy Mercer (395 at-bats).
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:06:36 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer took over as the starting shortstop down the stretch last season due to his bat, but the team re-signed SS Clint Barmes because of his defense. The team has Mercer listed as the everyday shortstop for now, with Barnes operating as a mentor and potential safety net incase Mercer fails to smooth rough edges in the field.
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:22:19 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 2B Neil Walker (oblique) will likely return from the disabled list and play Tuesday, July 23. He's scheduled to be examined by doctors Monday, July 22, after a three-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. "I feel good," Walker said. "I had no problems, no setbacks. I took a lot of normal swings. The more I swung, the better it felt. That was very encouraging." 3B Brandon Inge could be released or 3B Josh Harrison could be sent down to make room for Walker.
Fantasy Tip: The return of Walker will spell the end of consistent playing time for Jordy Mercer. Get Walker back in your deep mixed lineups.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:08:07 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer is going to get most of the starts at shortstop for the foreseeable future, according to manager Clint Hurdle. "Mercer is going to get some reps here because of the quality of his (defensive) play and the way he is swinging the bat," Hurdle said. "It's playing the guy that is obviously taking care of both sides of the ball very professionally. … I've spoken to Clint as well so he doesn't wonder when he's coming in. It won't just be for a game; we'll try to bundle (Barmes) for a few games, maybe some good matchups."
Fantasy Tip: Keep an eye on the Pirates lineup, but it appears you can safely start Mercer moving forward, as long as he keeps up the strong play that earned him starting time.
Wed, 15 May 2013 12:59:24 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SS John McDonald (back) on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain Wednesday, May 15, and recalled INF Jordy Mercer in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: McDonald was serving as a backup infielder and Mercer will serve that same role for the Buccos. Not a whole lot of fantasy value to be had here, folks.
Mon, 13 May 2013 10:35:55 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated 2B Neil Walker (hand) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, May 13, and optioned INF Jordy Mercer to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Get Walker back into your lineups.
Sun, 12 May 2013 14:21:28 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to option 2B Jordy Mercer to Triple-A Indianapolis when they activate 2B Neil Walker (hand) from the 15-day disabled list.
Fri, 03 May 2013 13:47:28 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2B Neil Walker (hand) on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand laceration Friday, May 3, and recalled INF Jordy Mercer from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move. Walker's DL stint is retroactive to April 27.
Fantasy Tip: Brandon Inge and John McDonald have split time at the keystone in Walker's absence. Inge should be your target in NL-only leagues if you need middle infield help. Mercer will likely be used for infield depth for the time being. The good news if you own Walker is that his DL stint was backdated to last Saturday, so he won't spend much time on the DL if he's ready to return soon.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:41:17 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned SP Kyle McPherson, SS Jordy Mercer and OF Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis and reassigned Cs Lucas May and Carlos Paulino, Ps Vin Mazzaro, Ryan Reid and Michael Zagurski and OF Felix Pie to minor league camp Wednesday, March 27.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:21:08 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates INFs Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and Brock Holt will mix in at second base in the final week of the season with 2B Neil Walker (back) shut down.