2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Oscar Mercado
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Oscar Mercado and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Indians outfielder during the 2020 MLB season.
During the 2019 season, an event occurred during pickups in May with an influx of players being promoted. While many spent most of their budget on Austin Riley , savvy fantasy owners needing speed took a chance on Oscar Mercado . He rewarded their investment with 70 runs, 15 home runs, 54 RBI, 15 stolen bases and a .269/.318/.443 slash over his 115 games with Cleveland. Mercado led American League rookies in runs along with stolen bases while finishing third in hits (118), tied for third in doubles (25) and in triples (three). Mercado missed being only the ninth rookie since 2006 with 15 or more home runs, 50-plus RBI and 15-plus steals with a .270 average by a percentage point.
Within his batted ball data, Mercado recorded a 21.5-percent line drive rate, 39.9-percent ground ball rate, 38.5-percent fly ball rate, a home run per fly ball percentage of 11 and a hard-hit rate of 39.7-percent on Fangraphs. He owned a 5.8-percent walk rate with a 17.4-percent strikeout rate and .174...