Yermin Mercedes, arguably the Pecos Leagues best hitter, has signed with the Baltimore Orioles, this according to a Pecos League press release.
Mercedes, at 21, has four years of baseball under his belt. The first three were spent with the Washington Nationals' Dominican Summer League team. In 123 games, he batted .296 with two home runs and 65 RBI.
After being released by the Washington Nationals in 2013, Mercedes signed with the Douglas Diablos. He played only 18 games while batting .333 before being released and picked up by the White Sands Pulpfish. In 36 games, Mercedes sure has stepped up his game. The versatile infielder batted .411 with an astonishing 15 home runs and drove in 55. In 146 at-bats, he struck out 16 times.