Full name OSCAR MAURICIO MERCADO...Single...Played high school baseball at Tampa Gaither High School, the same high school which produced Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash ... Signed his letter of intent to play college baseball at Florida State University.
Acquired at the 2018 trade deadline, hit a combined .278 (135-for-485) with 26 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 47 RBI and 37 steals...Recorded professional career-bests in runs (85), doubles, RBI and on-base pct. (.349)...Spent the first four months of the 2018 season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, batting .285 (109-for-382) with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 42 RBI in 100 games (.351/.408/.759)...Rated as the 5th-best prospect in the Indians system by ESPN's Kieth Law (entering 2019 season)...At the time of the trade was leading the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases (31-for-39), was second in runs (73), tied for fourth in hits (109) and was leading the Cardinals system in steals and runs...Rated the 10th overall prospect in the Cardinals system according to MLB.com at the time...Combined on the year between the two stops appeared in 113 games in center field, eight games in left and nine games in right...Over his last 17 games with AAA Columbus, he batted .344 (21-for-61).
Made the full conversion from shortstop to outfield, playing 108 games in centerfield, starting 104 ... Named to the Texas League Mid-Season All-Star team. Started in left field for the North squad and batted in the No. 5 position going 1-for-4 in the game ... Led the Texas League in stolen bases (38) and caught stealing (19) ... Ranked among the Texas League leaders in batting (.287, 10th), hits (137, 5th) and runs (76) ... Recorded career-highs in hits (137), runs (76), home runs (13) and RBI (46). Matched his season high with four triples ... Hit first career grand slam vs. Arkansas (4/28), a 7th inning shot off Peter Tago ... Had two games with two stolen bases (5/15 vs. Tulsa & 6/16 vs. Arkansas) ... Participated in the World Baseball Classic for Colombia and appeared in two game, scoring one run ... Rated as the "Best Defensive Outfielder" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.
Converted from shortstop to outfield in late July. Started 80 games at shortstop, 38 games in centerfield and one each at third base and right field ... Matched his career-high with three stolen bases at Jupiter (4/22). Had four games with two or more stolen bases ... Ranked T2nd in the Florida State League with 33 stolen bases ... Ranked among Cardinals minor leaguers in doubles (23, 6th) and stolen bases (33, 2nd) ... Led the FSL in caught stealing (20) and fielding errors (32).
Named to the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star team. Started at shortstop and batted No. 8 for the West squad going 0-for-2 in the game with a stolen base ... Led the Midwest League in stolen bases (50) and caught stealing (19) ... Led all Cardinals minor leaguers in stolen bases and ranked in the Top 10 in runs (70, 3rd), hits (120, T7th) and doubles (23, T8th) ... Had 11 games with two stolen bases including twice in backto-back games ... Reached base safely in 21 straight games (7/18-8/12).
Led the Appalachian League with 26 stolen bases, ranking 3rd among Cardinals minor leaguers ... Ranked among the Appalachian League leaders in at-bats (245, 3rd) and runs scored (41, 4th) ... Batted .400 with a double, triple, 5 RBI and 7 stolen bases in the Appy League playoffs ... Stole a career-high three bases at Burlington (7/14) and had four games total with two or more stolen bases.
Posted three games with two stolen bases, all against the GCL Nationals ... Led the GCL Cardinals with 12 stolen bases, ranking T11th in the Gulf Coast League.