Yermin Mercedes of the White Sox could use a fresh start in his career.
Yermin Mercedes is an interesting prospect for a couple of reasons. But it may be time for a change of scenery. He is not your typical prospect considering his age. Mercedes bounced around the Minor Leagues, Independent ball, and the Dominican Summer League for a decade. He didn’t get his first real shot in the show until he was the age of 28.
When he finally got his chance in the big leagues, he seized the moment. He opened his career going a perfect 8-for-8, the most by a player in the modern era since 1900. Mercedes was the best player in baseball during the month of April, slashing .415/.455/.659 with a 1.113 OPS. He also hit five home runs including one of the mammoth variety during the White Sox home opener. Mercedes earned American League Rookie of the Month honors for his efforts.
Mercedes spiraled into a slump and was eventually sent down to Charlotte. However, he continued to rake down their posting a .275/.318/.464 slash line. He also hit 11 home runs, 19 extra-base hits, and drove in 29 in just 59 games. Unfortunately, Mercedes does have some immaturity issues.
He quit baseball for a day after being sent down and later posted some cryptic messages. He never notified the White Sox organization that he was retiring and nobody could get in contact with him for 24 hours.
It’s clear that Yermin Mercedes has talent. He has hit everywhere he has gone. He is a career .300 hitter in ten Minor League seasons. Could a team take a flier on him? It’s clear that the White Sox have no room on the roster for Mercedes.
Despite the lack of luster backup catcher production, they never called him up despite the fact that catcher is his natural position. Mercedes had the majority of his success as an everyday DH. In the National League, he could refind his footing if he gets playing time every day.