Mattia Mercuri

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Mattia Mercuri

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mattia Mercuri has played in the minor leagues.

Mercuri made the Italian junior team when he was only 14 years old. The youngest player for them in the 2009 European Junior Championship, he went 0 for 5 and made an error as the team swept the field. In the 2010 World Junior Championship, he hit .250/.269/.292 as a regular for Italy. He fielded .730 to tie Mirco Caradonna for the event lead with 10 errors. He also participated in the MLB European Academy. In the 2011 European Junior Championship, he was the weakest hitter among Italy's regulars (.158/.238/.211) but drove in 5 runs in six games and fielded .958. He made his Italian Baseball League debut at age 16, going 5 for 16 with a homer and three walks, backing up Caradonna at 2B and Renato Imperiali at SS.

In 2012, he hit .182/.240/.216 in 29 games for Nettuno then was 2 for 6 in the playoffs. He fielded .968 at 2B, which he split with Caradonna. He batted .190/.190/.286 with two runs, four RBI and a .833 fielding percentage in the 2012 World Junior Championship. While the numbers don't look that good, his performance impressed an Atlanta Braves scout in attendance. The team had him try out for Néstor Pérez Sr., a European scout for the Braves. They decided to sign him in January 2013.

He spent most of 2013 with the GCL Braves and fielded .957 at 2B while his offense was poor (.107/.173/.120 in 26 G, 5 R, 3 RBI). He also played briefly for Nettuno (3 for 15, 2B, BB).