In the bottom of the fourth against Sumter, Mercedes' team already up 3-0, Mercedes knocked a two-run blast. That blast ended up giving Myrtle Beach enough for the win, the single-A Blue Jays taking the game 6-4, according to The Sumter Item.
Mercedes hit that home run in his second season as a pro, one of four he hit on the year. For Mercedes, though, he also hit that home run in his final season as a pro.
Mercedes' professional career began in 1988, signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.
He first hit the field in the U.S. in 1989, at short-season St. Catharines. There, the shortstop hit just .156 over 37 games.
For 1990, Mercedes moved to single-A Myrtle Beach. He got into 98 games, hitting .196. In a June game, Mercedes got on base, scoring on a triple. In another June game, he knocked in a run with a single then scored later in the frame.
Mercedes scored a total of 37 runs for Myrtle Beach in 1990. He didn't come back for a third season.
- Sumter Item, July 13, 1990: Braves lose
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