Two ex-MWLers play all 9 positions in a single game

Former Beloit Snappers infielder Melvin Mercedes played all nine positions in a single game Saturday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Former Beloit Snappers infielder Melvin Mercedes played all nine positions in a single game Saturday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Two Oakland Athletics prospects recently played all nine positions in a single game — former Burlington Bees infielder Wade Kirkland on Monday, and former Beloit Snappers infielder Melvin Mercedes on Saturday.

Kirkland did it for the Double-A Midland RockHounds. Mercedes did it for the High-A Stockton Ports.

Kirkland played for the Bees in 2011 and 2012, cumulatively batting .229 with 11 HR, 82 RBI and 10 SB in 185 games. He played third base, shortstop and second base for the Bees.

Mercedes played 113 games for the 2014-15 Snappers, cumulatively batting .229 with 2 HR, 36 RBI and 13 SB. He played shortstop, second base and third base for the Snappers.

Mercedes made three pitching appearances for the Ports this season. Kirkland made nine pitching appearances over the past four seasons. Neither pitched in the Midwest League.

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2 Responses to Two ex-MWLers play all 9 positions in a single game

  1. Anthony Gasunas says:

    Hello Craig. First of all, thx for al the great posts this past season. Ive been reading posts about this promotion of playing all nine positions and I have a question. If the Stockton Ports didn’t have a five run lead, say only a one run lead, would Melvn Mercedes have only thrown a few token pitches to fulfill the pitching requirement or would he have had to finish the inning?

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    • That’s a great question, Anthony. I don’t know this for certain, but I’m guessing the game was meaningless with only a few days left in the season; otherwise the nine-positions promotion wouldn’t have been done. Your question made me wonder this: If Mercedes got shelled as a pitcher, would they leave him in to finish the inning even if the game didn’t matter in the standings?

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