Yermin Mercedes may not get to play with the Chicago White Sox again this year.
Yermin Mercedes was the feel-good story of the season. He went from minor league nomad to big league star. He opened the season a perfect 8 for 8 at the plate then took home AL Rookie of the Month honors in April. This was thanks in large part to his .415 batting average.
He also had some huge moments with the White Sox. During the home opener, he electrified the crowd by launching a 485-foot bomb which turned out to be the third-longest home run hit in Guaranteed Rate Field history. Later in the season, he hit a walk-off single to complete a wild 9-8 victory over the Tigers.
His decline was rapid. He hit just .155 during his last 30 games before being sent down to Triple-A Charlotte. While in Charlotte, he caused a stir on two separate occasions. First, he made a strange announcement on Instagram saying that quit baseball. In the post, he apologized to his teammates, journalists, and the organization.
After further investigation, it was discovered that he had taken a large chunk of the apology from the lyrics of a song. The announcement completely blindsided the organization and his family. Nobody was able to get in contact with him.
He later returned to the team and went about his business as usual. A few weeks later, he had another interesting Instagram post with the Japanese flag on it leading many to believe he was thinking about playing overseas.
Many people have noted that Mercedes has maturity issues. There were rumors that he was rubbing some people the wrong way in the White Sox locker room. This may be a reason he was not called up during the September roster expansion.
Mercedes cannot play defense which is one of the reasons he was sent down in the first place. With Eloy Jimenez and Andrew Vaughn having the DH spot locked down, we may have seen the last of Mercedes in a White Sox uniform, especially considering he is signed through 2021.