Former Frederick Friday Feature – Feliciano Mercedes
Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The fifth week into the contest wasn’t too much of a stumper, as it took just two guesses on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Infielder Feliciano Mercedes, who also pitched in his MiLB career, was the former Key selected from archives last week, so let’s find out some more about him…
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1973, Mercedes, 39, was signed in 1991 as an undrafted free agent by the Orioles. The switch-hitting infielder began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, where he managed an average of just .227 om 185 at-bats. In ’92, he spent time with the Bluefield Orioles (Rookie League), where he hit much better at .272 and stole 14 bases while seeing time at shortstop and third base. After 43 games with Bluefield, Feliciano saw himself finishing the season with the Class ’A’ Kane County Cougars. In the remaining 53 games of 1992, he hit .241 with 10 RBI.
Although his numbers to that point were nothing to brag about, Mercedes spent all of 1993 within the friendly confines of Harry Grove Stadium. As a member of the Keys, he primarily played shortstop. Over 123 games, he hit 17 doubles, stole 17 bases, knocked in 35 runs and hit .227. He found himself starting the ’94 season back with the GCL Orioles, where he hit .300 through three games before returning to Frederick for 43 games. He hit just .237 and knocked in 19 runs in his second stint with the Keys.
1995 marked the final year of Mercedes’ career in baseball. He spent time with the Advanced ‘A’ High Desert Mavericks to begin the year before getting promoted to Bowie. He hit just .150 in Double-A. His career numbers as a member of the O’s minor league system for five seasons was .232 average, 111 RBI, .312 OBP, .299 SLG. Mercedes was speedy, as he swiped 63 bases throughout those five seasons.
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Former Frederick Friday Players
November 2nd: Ron Kitchen
November 9th: Scott Conner
November 16th: Mark Gibbs
November 30th: Chris Lemp
December 7th: Feliciano Mercedes