October 2023 Update (End of Season)
A trendy breakout pick coming into the season, Yasser Mercedes put forth an underwhelming performance during his brief time in the FCL, batting just .196 with six walks in 105 plate appearances. He did, however, flash some of his vaunted tools until a shoulder injury ended his season prematurely. He hit four homers, stole six bases on seven attempts, and played all three outfield positions. Turning 19 in November, Mercedes is a work-in-progress with some rough edges but his ceiling remains extremely high.
July 2023 Update
The big-ticket international signing remains a toolsy work-in-progress, playing stateside for the first time in the rookie-level Florida Complex League at age 18. Yasser Mercedes got off to a somewhat slow start but has already had some highlight-reel moments, and the outfielder is only getting started. His combination of power, speed and patience could prompt an optimist to dream on Ronald Acuna Jr. comparisons.