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Former Oklahoma State star Jordy Mercer talks hitting, playing middle infield

Jordy Mercer made his Major League Baseball debut last May. Before leaving for spring training, he talked baseball with The Oklahoman's Bryan Painter.
by Bryan Painter Published: March 16, 2013

Many Oklahomans in professional baseball are in to Arizona and Florida for spring training 2013.

Before they left, The Oklahoman talked with some of those individuals during the winter months.

The intent was to draw from their knowledge on topics that might provide insight for players, coaches and fans, particularly at the younger levels.

Jordy Mercer, a standout at Taloga High School, went on to Oklahoma State University where he was an All-Big 12 selection three times, including twice being named first team all-conference.

As a junior, Mercer started all 62 games at shortstop in 2008 and set career highs with a .330 batting average, 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. On the mound, Mercer made 16 appearances in 2008 and collected nine saves. He finished his college career as OSU's career saves leader with 17.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round in 2008 and last May made his major league debut. Last season, he played 28 games at shortstop, seven games at second and had an inning at third.

Mercer, 26, of Edmond, recently offered his opinion on topics relating both to fielding and hitting.

Q: Does a middle infielder more often than not get into trouble, making an error, physically or mentally?

A: I think it's more mentally to tell you the truth. Because in practice you physically prepare over and over until you get it down, then when the game starts it's all mental because you already know how to do it. So if an error happens it's mostly mental.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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