By Wade Haugen
Jordy Mercer, shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates
In his fourth full season with the big-league club, Jordy Mercer has held his own, batting .255 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs. His 14 home runs are a career high for the Taloga, Oklahoma, product. Although the season has been disappointing for the Pirates, Mercer has had his most productive season to date, establishing himself as the Pirates’ shortstop for the foreseeable future.
Class-A Short Season
Garrett McCain, LF, Connecticut Tigers (Detroit Tigers)
In his first season of pro ball, Garrett McCain hit .259 with three home runs and 22 RBIs. He also had a .339 on-base percentage. McCain struggled to end the season, hitting only .219 his final 10 games. With his overall performance, expect McCain to start next spring in Class-A ball for the Tigers’ organization.
Trey Cobb, pitcher, Brooklyn Cyclones (New York Mets)
Fresh off his final season with the Cowboys this past spring, Trey Cobb held his own in Short-A ball. In his first stint, Cobb went 1-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 30 strikeouts. Opponents hit a measly .212 against the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, product. Done for this summer, expect Cobb to begin next season in Class-A ball.