Catchers Chance Sisco, Yermin Mercedes Among 12 Non-roster Invites to Spring Training for Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles announced their non-roster invites to spring training on Tuesday. Among the 12 players are catching prospects Chance Sisco and Yermin Mercedes.

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The Orioles made the announcement via press release Tuesday.

As I previously mentioned, the non-roster invite list included 12 players and below is the complete list per the press release:

As you can see, the list includes one left-handed pitcher, three right-handed pitchers, three catchers, two infielders and three outfielders.

There are not many surprises on the list, and no one should surprised to see three catchers being invited in addition to the three on the 40-man roster. After all, there has to be enough catchers to catch all the bullpens from the pitchers.

Thanks to Austin Wynns needing to recover from an ankle injury, Mercedes gets the invite and I am very happy to see it.

Over 91 games with the Shorebirds, Mercedes hit .353 with 14 home runs, 25 doubles, five triples, 60 RBI and scored 58 runs. He also posted a .411 on base percentage and a .990 OPS with the Shorebirds.

Mercedes was promoted to High-A Frederick after Jonah Heim was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the deal that brought Steve Pearce back to Baltimore. Despite being in High-A for the final month of the season, Mercedes still had enough at bats with Delmarva to qualify for the league leaders and Mercedes ended up winning the South Atlantic League Batting Title thanks to his .353 average. It wasn't even close either as Mercedes' average was 40 points higher than any other qualifier. He also finished as the league leader in OBP and OPS as well.

Once he was promoted to Frederick, Mercedes continued to prove his bat is legit. Over 31 games with the Keys, Mercedes hit .318 with six home runs, six doubles, 17 RBI and scored 20 runs. He also posted a .381 on base percentage and a .923 OPS. Those are pretty good numbers for a guy who had never played High-A ball before.

Orioles pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 13 and the first full squad workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex is scheduled for February 17.

Baseball is just around the corner!


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