Those of you who obsessively watch the Altoona statistics have noted that Jordy Mercer heated up considerably in May. He moved from an OPS of 579 in April to an OPS of 991 through yesterday in May. Drafted as a true shortstop with some pop, Mercer has not really dazzled as yet. Sure he hit better than d'Arnaud last year, but that's not saying a whole lot.
The flip side is that there has been fairly steady improvement. The strikeout rate has been fairly steadily trending down during his tenure in the minors, and the walk rate has been trending up. Mercer appears to be a better shortstop than d'Arnaud. The weak stats that we have show Mercer with a 4.71 Range Factor per 9 innings and a fielding percentage of 0.965. For d'Arnaud the numbers are 4.24 and 0.955. Anyone have personal info or better data to help make this comparison?
The issue has been lack of pop. Mercer has an Isolated Power number of 0.127 thus far. In contrast, d'Arnaud is at 0.143 for his career (and right there this year). So far this year everything is working for Mercer. If he keeps hitting like this he's going to be pushing some people.