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Monday, October 28, 2013

Hector Mercedes, Some Power - 2783

Hector Mercedes hit at the bottom of the Myrtle Beach lineup in this July 1990 game, but he still provided some power.

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.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,343
Made the Majors: 720 - 53.6%
Never Made Majors: 623-46.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 312
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 185

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