There was a bit of big news coming out of baseball that related to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Former hitter Yermin Mercedes, who took Major League Baseball by storm for just over one month last year, has been picked up by the San Francisco Giants organization.
Mercedes was just recently designated for assignment and was snatched up via waivers by the Giants in just a few days since his release, What does this mean for Mercedes?
Mercedes will get a chance to continue his career in baseball although it will most likely be in the minor league system of the Giants.
If he can prove himself, he just might be able to sneak up to the Major Leagues and find a little magic like he did last year when he was Major League Baseball’s American League Rookie of the Month for April 2021.
Yermin Mercedes hopes to be back in Major League Baseball really soon.
If he was able to find his rhythm and get back to the way he played last year at the start, he may end up making the White Sox regret letting him go but Mercedes has a long way to go to do that.
Mercedes started off the 2022 season being placed on the injured list due to a fracture in his left hand. He managed to get back and was playing baseball for the White Sox AAA Charlotte franchise. While with Charlotte, he slashed .230/.376/.425 which is okay but not great.
In 2021, he played in 68 games with the White Sox and garnered 241 at-bats. He slashed .271/.328/.404. Mercedes collected seven home runs, 37 RBIs, and 65 hits which was really nice for his short time with the club.
He was sent back down to the minors after he couldn’t hit any longer in the big leagues. It was as if his star, which had once shined bright, burned out quickly.
Mercedes came to the White Sox from the Baltimore Orioles in 2017 via the Rule 5 Draft. He hails from the Dominican Republic. He made his debut in the Majors on August 2nd, 2020.
Mercedes played catcher, first base, and designed hitter most of the time he was with the White Sox organization.