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Yermin Mercedes’ Productive April Results in Heap of AL Rookie Recognition

Yermin Mercedes’ torrid start to the season isn’t going unnoticed.

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White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes introduced himself to Major League Baseball with a bang.

His torrid start to the 2021 season resulted in American League Player of the Week honors for April 1-4, and his continued production throughout April has his name back in headlines again.

Today, MLB named Mercedes the American League Rookie of the Month.

Additionally, Baseball America’s first watch list of 2021 Rookie of the Year candidates ranks Mercedes atop the American League. He’s in good company too, as his White Sox teammates Michael Kopech and Nick Madrigal clocked in second and third, respectively.

White Sox fans were a little surprised when Yermin Mercedes cracked the Opening Day roster out of Spring Training, but ever since his hot start to begin the season, “The Yerminator” has become one of the most intriguing players in all of baseball.

As of May 3rd, Mercedes leads the charge in the American League’s Rookie of the Year department. The 28-year-old slugger leads the league in multiple offensive categories, including batting average (.395), hits (34), and RBI (16) in addition to a tie for the top spot in home runs (five).

White Sox fans have been begging for more playing time for Mercedes, who will likely see little to no action as the team heads to Cincinnati this week.

One thing is certain, however, if any game gets out of hand, the White Sox could save their bullpen by giving the ball to Mercedes, who poured home an 87 MPH fastball in Boston.

Baseball America will continue to release these lists throughout the season to gauge where each league’s rookies stand amongst each other. For now, White Sox fans should bask in the glory that is #73 on the South Side.

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8 months ago

[…] Designated hitter Yermin Mercedes has been one of the most exciting stories in all of baseball this year. The 28-year-old rookie is slashing .395/.435/.628 with an OPS+ over 200. He earned American League Rookie of the Month Honors for April and already finds himself in Rookie of the Year conversations. […]

6 months ago

[…] shocking move made on Friday is the demotion of fan favorite C/DH Yermin Mercedes. Mercedes was the hottest player in baseball the first month of the season, but has come crashing back down to Earth since. In the month of June, Mercedes hit a pedestrian […]

6 months ago

[…] wrote this post is certainly not in the same head space as the fun-loving, smiling Mercedes that dominated baseball’s headlines in April. Mercedes experienced the highest of highs this game has to offer, followed almost immediately by […]

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