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Portrait of Melvin Mercedes

Melvin Mercedes PTigers

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 23)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
42.3 6.03 1.74 20 1 0 1 -0.8
Birth Date11-2-1990
Height6' 3"
Weight250 lbs
Age23 years, 11 months, 21 days
BatsR
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2014 DET 23 1 0 2.0 0.0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 1.16 2.59 0.4 0.0
Career102.00.02.000000060000000020.001.162.590.40.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2008 DIG Rk 24 0 36.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .265 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 WMI A 3 0 2.3 7.94 37 .303 .255 .322 .373 .246 .125 109 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2009 TGR Rk 26 0 24.7 4.92 84 .198 .234 .319 .338 .246 .222 103 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2010 WMI A 15 0 19.7 6.23 71 .255 .247 .327 .367 .250 .267 104 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2011 WMI A 2 0 1.7 7.74 27 .359 .232 .300 .341 .249 .429 99 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2011 ONE A- 21 0 33.7 4.69 92 .270 .250 .329 .355 .262 .288 95 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2012 WMI A 37 0 64.3 4.83 92 .227 .256 .326 .373 .262 .268 96 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2012 LAK A+ 1 0 1.0 6.02 77 .245 .296 .337 .428 .255 .250 109 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2012 TOR Wnt 4 0 3.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 LAK A+ 24 0 28.0 3.77 111 .204 .256 .325 .373 .257 .256 99 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2013 ERI AA 26 0 25.0 5.01 89 .267 .258 .331 .389 .270 .256 98 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2014 DET MLB 1 0 2.0 2.59 145 .017 .250 .307 .399 .267 .000 113 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2014 TOL AAA 46 0 60.3 6.10 65 .264 .259 .329 .392 .250 .295 100 -6.0 -0.6 -6.0 -0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2008 DIG Rk 2 2 6 24 0 36.7 28 24 33 1 0% .265 6.9 5.9 0.2 8.1 1.42 3.19 0.0 0.0
2009 WMI A 0 1 0 3 0 2.3 1 3 1 0 25% .125 3.9 11.7 0.0 3.9 1.74 11.74 -0.6 -0.1
2009 TGR Rk 1 1 16 26 0 24.7 19 14 20 0 78% .222 6.9 5.1 0.0 7.3 1.34 1.82 -0.4 -0.0
2010 WMI A 1 2 3 15 0 19.7 16 19 12 0 52% .267 7.3 8.7 0.0 5.5 1.78 5.03 -1.8 -0.2
2011 ONE A- 3 1 3 21 0 33.7 32 16 21 0 61% .288 8.6 4.3 0.0 5.6 1.43 2.67 0.5 0.1
2011 WMI A 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 3 1 1 0 57% .429 16.2 5.4 0.0 5.4 2.40 10.80 -0.6 -0.1
2012 TOR Wnt 0 0 0 4 0 3.7 2 2 2 0 0% .200 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.9 1.09 4.91 0.0 0.0
2012 WMI A 0 3 9 37 0 64.3 54 23 43 3 58% .268 7.6 3.2 0.4 6.0 1.20 2.80 1.8 0.2
2012 LAK A+ 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 25% .250 9.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 2.00 0.00 -0.1 -0.0
2013 ERI AA 2 1 12 26 0 25.0 23 9 19 3 40% .256 8.3 3.2 1.1 6.8 1.28 1.44 0.5 0.1
2013 LAK A+ 3 1 11 24 0 28.0 23 5 17 1 54% .256 7.4 1.6 0.3 5.5 1.00 0.96 3.0 0.3
2014 DET MLB 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 0 0 2 0 75% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.00 0.00 0.4 0.0
2014 TOL AAA 0 3 3 46 0 60.3 69 16 31 8 49% .295 10.3 2.4 1.2 4.6 1.41 4.92 -6.0 -0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 23 0.5217 0.3913 0.7778 0.5000 0.2727 0.8333 0.6667 0.2222
Career230.52170.39130.77780.50.27270.83330.66670.2222

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-05-25 2010-09-05 Minors 103 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-06-11

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Detroit 3/1/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract purchased by Detroit 11/20/12. Re-signed by Detroit 2/22/13.
  • Signed by Detroit 3/4/08 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2.2 0.8 1.8 45 0 61.6 58 27 29 7 .255 1.37 4.56 4.96 -0.4 -0.0
80o 1.9 0.6 1.5 40 0 54.7 56 26 26 6 .271 1.49 5.04 5.48 -3.5 -0.4
70o 1.7 0.5 1.3 36 0 49.9 54 25 24 6 .283 1.58 5.40 5.87 -5.3 -0.5
60o 1.5 0.5 1.2 33 0 45.9 52 24 22 6 .293 1.66 5.72 6.22 -6.6 -0.7
50o 1.4 0.4 1 31 0 42.3 50 23 20 6 .303 1.74 6.02 6.54 -7.5 -0.8
40o 1.2 0.3 0.9 28 0 38.8 48 22 19 5 .312 1.82 6.33 6.88 -8.3 -0.8
30o 1.1 0.3 0.8 26 0 35.2 46 21 17 5 .323 1.91 6.67 7.25 -8.9 -0.9
20o 0.9 0.2 0.7 23 0 31.0 43 20 15 5 .335 2.02 7.07 7.69 -9.3 -0.9
10o 0.7 0.1 0.5 19 0 25.6 38 18 12 4 .352 2.18 7.66 8.32 -9.3 -1.0
Weighted Mean1.40.4130041.54923206.3001.725.976.49-7.2-0.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015240001101419118250.3332.097.618.2711.96.95.01.3-0.5
20162510129040422029550.3031.565.065.499.54.56.61.1-0.2
20172610127037401822550.2931.585.395.869.84.45.41.2-0.4
20182710128037401723550.2961.545.105.549.74.15.61.2-0.2
20192810130040431826550.2971.545.005.449.84.15.91.1-0.2
20202910130040431927550.2971.554.985.429.74.36.11.1-0.2
20213010129039421827550.2961.534.995.429.64.16.21.1-0.2
20223110126035391721550.2941.605.265.7110.04.45.41.3-0.3
20233210125034381519450.2931.575.185.6310.24.05.11.1-0.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
2.44.40.2out of baseballout of baseball0.87

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 96 Ben Rowen 2012 0.00 DNP
2 96 Michael Finocchi 2008 0.00 DNP
3 95 Daniel Turpen 2010 0.00 DNP
4 95 Greg Holle 2012 0.00 DNP
5 93 Tony Davis 2011 0.00 DNP
6 93 Jose Casilla 2012 0.00 DNP
7 92 Ruben Medina 2010 0.00 DNP
8 92 Drew Tyson 2013 0.00 DNP
9 90 Brendan Wise 2009 0.00 DNP
10 90 Bryson Cox 2008 0.00 DNP
11 89 Danny Burawa 2012 0.00 DNP
12 89 Dean Kiekhefer 2012 0.00 DNP
13 89 Dayton Marze 2012 0.00 DNP
14 88 Tyler Tufts 2010 0.00 DNP
15 88 Austin Bibens-Dirkx 2008 0.00 DNP
16 88 Derrik Lutz 2008 0.00 DNP
17 88 Blaine Howell 2012 0.00 DNP
18 87 Bobby Cassevah 2009 0.00 DNP
19 87 Stephen Penney 2010 0.00 DNP
20 87 Kevin Johnson 2012 0.00 DNP
21 87 Henry Mabee 2009 0.00 DNP
22 87 Dustin Antolin 2013 0.00 DNP
23 86 Chris Shafer 2012 0.00 DNP
24 86 Jason Townsend 2012 0.00 DNP
25 86 Blake Maxwell 2008 0.00 DNP
26 86 Michael Recchia 2012 0.00 DNP
27 86 David Hale 2011 0.00 DNP
28 86 Andrew Wilson 2011 0.00 DNP
29 85 Zech Zinicola 2008 0.00 DNP
30 85 Neil Holland 2012 0.00 DNP
31 85 Robert Hinton 2008 0.00 DNP
32 85 Oswaldo Martinez 2012 0.00 DNP
33 85 Tom Boleska 2010 0.00 DNP
34 85 Eduardo Figueroa 2012 0.00 DNP
35 85 Jim Moran 2013 0.00 DNP
36 84 Francisco Gil 2012 0.00 DNP
37 84 Matthew Tomshaw 2012 0.00 DNP
38 84 Chad Thall 2009 0.00 DNP
39 84 Kyle Mura 2008 0.00 DNP
40 84 Jose Trinidad 2011 0.00 DNP
41 84 Adam Bright 2008 0.00 DNP
42 84 Brian Garman 2012 0.00 DNP
43 84 Luis Garcia 2010 0.00 DNP
44 84 Ezequiel Infante 2012 0.00 DNP
45 84 Rob Waite 2010 0.00 DNP
46 83 Evan Marshall 2013 0.00 DNP
47 83 Porfirio Lopez 2013 0.00 DNP
48 83 Jared Gayhart 2010 0.00 DNP
49 83 Anillins Martinez 2010 0.00 DNP
50 83 Gilbert De La Vara 2008 0.00 DNP
51 83 Eddie Kunz 2009 0.00 DNP
52 83 Casey Lambert 2009 0.00 DNP
53 83 Will Savage 2008 0.00 DNP
54 83 Nathan Striz 2012 0.00 DNP
55 83 Jon Bachanov 2012 0.00 DNP
56 82 Chasen Bradford 2013 0.00 DNP
57 82 Edwin Quirarte 2010 0.00 DNP
58 82 Jared Lansford 2010 0.00 DNP
59 82 Michael Broadway 2010 0.00 DNP
60 82 Josh Wahpepah 2008 0.00 DNP
61 82 Zach Dials 2009 0.00 DNP
62 82 Travis Turek 2011 0.00 DNP
63 82 Adam Kolarek 2012 0.00 DNP
64 82 Alvis Ojeda 2007 0.00 DNP
65 82 Jose Ortega 2012 3.38
66 82 Roman Martinez 2008 0.00 DNP
67 82 Kyle McMyne 2013 0.00 DNP
68 82 Jhonathan Ramos 2013 0.00 DNP
69 81 Tyler Knigge 2012 0.00 DNP
70 81 Nelson Gonzalez 2013 0.00 DNP
71 81 Armando Zerpa 2010 0.00 DNP
72 81 AJ Schugel 2012 0.00 DNP
73 81 Matt Hoffman 2012 0.00 DNP
74 81 Brett Butts 2009 0.00 DNP
75 81 Josh Stinson 2011 6.92
76 81 Kanekoa Texeira 2009 0.00 DNP
77 81 Tyler Burgoon 2012 0.00 DNP
78 81 Justin Freeman 2010 0.00 DNP
79 81 Nick Christiani 2011 0.00 DNP
80 80 Barret Browning 2008 0.00 DNP
81 80 David Pfeiffer 2009 0.00 DNP
82 80 Blaine Sims 2012 0.00 DNP
83 80 Daniel Tillman 2012 0.00 DNP
84 80 Hector Nelo 2010 0.00 DNP
85 80 Brett Jacobson 2010 0.00 DNP
86 80 Justin Murray 2010 0.00 DNP
87 80 Brian Parker 2009 0.00 DNP
88 80 Brandon Beachy 2010 5.40
89 80 Ramon Delgado 2010 0.00 DNP
90 80 Jay Johnson 2013 0.00 DNP
91 80 Terance Marin 2013 0.00 DNP
92 80 Emiliano Fruto 2007 0.00 DNP
93 80 Marwin Vega 2010 0.00 DNP
94 80 Stephen Harrold 2012 0.00 DNP
95 80 Jesse Chavez 2007 0.00 DNP
96 80 Chris Jones 2012 0.00 DNP
97 80 Luis Rojas 2013 0.00 DNP
98 80 Victor Capellan 2013 0.00 DNP
99 80 Chris Province 2008 0.00 DNP
100 79 Dustin Sasser 2009 0.00 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Closer Reclamation SeasonR.J. Anderson2014-08-18
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: June 30, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-06-30


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Melvin Mercedes has thrown 23 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2014, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Change (85mph), also mixing in a Slider (82mph).