Cardinals prospect interview: Oscar Mercado

The St. Louis Cardinals' second-round draft pick, a Florida shortstop, discusses his first professional season.

Hailing from Tampa, 18-year-old shortstop Oscar Mercado was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals with their second-round selection in the 2013 draft, 57th overall. The organization paid the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder a signing bonus of $1,500,000. That was considerably higher than his pick value of $971,400 and indicates how highly they consider the pre-draft showcase standout.

On the Gulf Coast League Cardinals rookie-level club, Mercado joined other middle infield draftees Chris Rivera and Malik Collymore. Mercado used his considerable speed to steal 12 bases in 16 attempts. Further, he drew 17 walks in 186 plate appearances, but logged just a .209 batting average in his professional debut.

During the recently-completed instructional league, Mercado spoke about his pre-draft activities and his first partial summer and fall as a professional baseball player.


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