Still water – Oklahoma added the Cowboy Baseball Hall of Fame Jordi Mercer To her coaching staff as a student assistant.
A former two-way star at Stillwater who continued his career in Major League Baseball for 10 years, Mercer plays the OSU staff member Robin Ventura for the past three seasons; Ventura graduated in May 2022.
“We’re excited to have Jordi back on campus – what a privilege to have two amazing alumni like Robin and Jordi come back and finish their studies to earn their degrees and help develop our players,” said Jordi’s coach. Josh Holiday. “Jordi brings tremendous experience having played in the major leagues for a decade and you can already tell that he loves being on the court and has a passion for children. He has a natural ability to connect with players, especially in defense, where he will influence our players in a huge way.”
A native of Taluga, Oklahoma, Mercer starred as a short stopover and closer to the Cowboys from 2006 to 2008. He was inducted into the Baseball Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2017.
“I love Oklahoma State University and especially baseball at Oklahoma State,” Mercer said. “I wanted to go back and finish my degree, and while I did, I wanted to help the baseball program win games. I’m excited to work with Coach Holiday and the other coaches, and my family and I are so excited to be back at Stillwater.
“It was great to be there on the field to develop relationships with the players and help train them. I have enjoyed coming back and I hope to be back in Cowboy Baseball as much as it has given me.”
Mercer was a three-time performer in the All-Big 12 Conference for Pokes from 2006 to 2008, clocking his career with a 303-hit average to go along with 25 home runs, 108 RBIs and 30 doubles. He played 39 matches on the field and was 8-3 with 17 saves and 63 hits in 62 runs.
Mercer, a rookie All-American in 2006, was named to the All-Big 12 First Team as a utility player after hitting .270 with six hurdles and 24 RBI and going 5-0 with five saves in 12 appearances on the hill.
Despite missing the first 20 games of the sophomore season after knee surgery, Mercer hit .299 with five teammates and 22 RBIs and was brilliant again on the hill, going 3-1 with three saves and 3.81 ERA as he helped sponsors Cows are on track to advance to the second NCAA Super Regional in the program’s history. He was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team as a utility player, while also receiving honors as a shortlisted player.
After the 2007 season, Mercer played for the USA baseball team and was part of an American team that won the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Brazil.
Mercer’s junior campaign once again saw him earn All-Big 12 First Team awards as a utility player, while earning a spot on the second team as a short and honorable pitcher as a comfort pitcher.
In his third and final season at Stillwater, Mercer hit .330 with 14 home runs and 60 RBI, and tied an OSU record by hitting three guards in an NCAA regional game against TCU, including a blast in the ninth inning.
On the hill, Mercer scored nine saves in 16 games and finished his junior season as OSU’s all-time leader in saves with 17.
Drafted in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball with 79The tenth Overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mercer debuted in the league with Pittsburgh in 2012.
In 10 major league seasons, Mercer played 950 games, spending time with the Pirates, Tigers, Yankees and Nationals before retiring in 2022. He was part of three playoff teams in Pittsburgh from 2013 to 2015.
Mercer recorded his career 0.256 hitting average to go along with 66 home runs and 308 RBI. He also posted a .980 on the field and was ranked among the top four shortstops in the National League in turnout for four consecutive seasons from 2014-17. He placed second for assists in the National League in 2014 and fourth in 2016.