Astros History: Orlando Merced

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A look at former Houston Astros utility player Orlando Merced

At the age of 34, Orlando Merced signed with the Houston Astros to provide some utility off the Astros bench in 2001. He would spend the next three years collecting 157 hits, while backing up the Astros regulars.

Overall for the Astros, Merced hit .262/.323/.417 which isn't great, but good enough for as a reserve player. He smacked 15 homeruns, six triples and 36 doubles. He also stole 12 bases while getting caught only three times. While his OPS+ is below average at 88, his offensive WAR has him right around average with a -.1 rating.

Defensively he primarily played the corner outfield spots while occasionally filling in at the corner infield spots. According to defensive WAR he was slightly below average for the Astros, which you could again consider solid for a reserve player.

After his three years with Houston Merced signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but never appeared on a Major League field again.

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