Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:16:51 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-Ho Kang, who hit .356 with 40 home runs in the Korean League last year, has "zero chance" of starting in the minors, according to general manager Neal Huntington. He'll be battling SSs Jordy Mercer and Sean Rodriguez for playing time, and Mercer has been serviceable and underrated defensively. Kang could, however, force Mercer into a utility role if he tears it up this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Kang's power is extremely intriguing at a position that lacks it. However, it'll be a mystery how that power translates to the major league level until games begin. If Kang has a good spring and cements a starting job, he'll definitely be worth a flier in the later rounds for his power hack.
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:20:28 -0800
Korean League SS Jung-Ho Kang said he hopes to play shortstop with the Pirates but will have to talk with the team about his position. Kang said he believes he can be better than SS Jordy Mercer if he receives consistent playing time.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:52:36 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (back) is batting seventh and playing shortstop Thursday, Sept. 18. Mercer has not started a game since Sunday, Sept. 14.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:28:56 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (back) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, Sept. 17. It will be the second consecutive game he will miss due to back tightness.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:10:23 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (back) was scratched from the lineup with back tightness Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:59:33 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Clint Barmes (groin) is back from the 15-day disabled list and ready to resume his utility role. The team had been using a combination of INFs Michael Martinez, Jayson Nix and Brent Morel while Barmes was away. Manager Clint Hurdle also said Monday, Aug. 25, that Barmes could see starts in the near future to spell 3B/OF Josh Harrison at third base, and SS Jordy Mercer at shortstop.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:57:28 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (forearm) said he is not 100 percent, and he doesn't expect to completely heal.
Fantasy Tip: Mercer's defense keeps him in the lineup, so playing through injury should further hinder his offensive production. You should be able to do better in the majority of leagues.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:27:50 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (forearm) is batting eighth and playing shortstop Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Atlanta Braves.
Fantasy Tip: Return Mercer to your lineups in NL-only leagues.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:17:47 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jordy Mercer (forearm) was not in the lineup Monday, Aug. 18, against the Atlanta Braves, missing his fourth consecutive game.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:02:41 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez is in the starting lineup against the Washington Nationals Saturday, Aug. 16, batting sixth. 2B Neil Walker and SS Jordy Mercer are not in the lineup.