Colombian Part of June Draft

Major league baseball is trying to institute an international draft for 2014.  This proposal has been meant with some resistance from foreign major league players who are on the 40 man rosters.  Major league baseball needs the support of the player’s association before instituting the international draft.  It is unclear how much of an influence these foreign players will have on the approval process.

One player who will not be part of any international draft is Colombian born Oscar Mercado.  That is because he moved to the United States when he was eight years old.  He is currently a shortstop for his Tampa high school Gaither.

Even at 6′2″ Oscar is not considered a power hitter.  He is also hitting a weak .286 with just five extra base hits.  His junior season he had hit .370 with seven extra base hits.  The tools that will get him to the major leagues are his glove.  If his bat develops that would be icing on the cake.  He could then be discussed with another great Colombian shortstop Edgar Renteria.

Because he is not having a good senior season and has committed to college baseball power Florida State he may be a tough sign for a major league team.  Baseball America rated him the 38th top player in the June draft, putting him at a high second round pick.  He may forgo that early start to his major league career to develop his hitting skills further at Florida State.

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