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Tigers Prospect Profile #30: Melvin Mercedes

Despite having been stateside since 2009, Melvin Mercedes spent the 2011 campaign at just 20 years of age, stepping up in a relief role for Connecticut in Short Season-A Ball. What does the big right-hander have on the mound, and can he finally make the leap to full season ball?

Melvin Mercedes Position: Right-handed Pitcher Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 Born: 11/2/1990 Bats: Right Throws: Right Background Mercedes was not the classic high profile signing out of the Dominican Republic. The Tigers inked him almost a year after he was eligible to sign, just before the start of the 2008 DSL season. Mercedes jumped right into the fray and posted a 3.19 ERA in 24 relief...

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