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Cowboy Baseball Welcomes Back Mercer As Student Coach

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State has added Cowboy Baseball Hall of Famer Jordy Mercer to its coaching staff as a student assistant.

A former two-way star in Stillwater who went on to a 10-year Major League Baseball career, Mercer fills the role on the OSU staff held by Robin Ventura over the last three seasons; Ventura graduated in May 2022.

“We’re excited to have Jordy back on campus – what a luxury to have two amazing alumni like Robin and Jordy come back and finish school to earn their degrees and help develop our players,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “Jordy brings tremendous experience having played in the big leagues for a decade, and you can already tell he loves to be on the field and he has a passion for the kids. He has a natural ability to relate to the guys, especially on defense , where he will impact our infielders in a huge way.”

A native of Taloga, Okla., Mercer shined as a shortstop and closer for the Cowboys from 2006-08. He was inducted into the Cowboy Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

“I love Oklahoma State University and especially Oklahoma State baseball,” Mercer said. “I wanted to come back and finish my degree and while I was doing that, I wanted to help the baseball program win games. I am excited to work with Coach Holliday and the other coaches, and my family and I are extremely excited to be back in Stillwater.

“It’s been awesome to be out there on the field getting to develop relationships with and help coach the guys. I’m having a blast being back and hopefully I can give back to Cowboy Baseball as much as it has given to me.”

Mercer was a three-time All-Big 12 Conference performer for the Pokes from 2006-08 who posted a career .303 batting average to go along with 25 home runs, 108 RBIs and 30 doubles. He made 39 pitching appearances and was 8-3 with 17 saves and 63 strikeouts in 62 innings of work.

A Freshman All-American in 2006, Mercer was also named to the All-Big 12 First Team as a utility player after hitting .270 with six homers and 24 RBIs and going 5-0 with five saves in 12 appearances on the mound.

Despite missing the first 20 games of his sophomore season following knee surgery, Mercer hit .299 with five homers and 22 RBIs and was again outstanding on the hill, going 3-1 with three saves and a 3.81 ERA as he helped the Cowboys advance to the second NCAA Super Regional in program history. He was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team as a utility player, while also earning honorable mention accolades as a shortstop.

Following the 2007 season, Mercer played for USA Baseball and was part of a US team that won a silver medal at the Pan American games in Brazil.

Mercer’s junior campaign saw him once again pick up All-Big 12 First Team accolades as a utility player, while earning a spot on the second team as a shortstop and honorable mention as a relief pitcher.

In his third and final season in Stillwater, Mercer hit .330 with a career-high 14 home runs and 60 RBIs, and he tied an OSU record by hitting three homers in an NCAA Regional game against TCU, including a walk-off blast in the ninth inning.

On the mound, Mercer racked up nine saves in 16 outings and ended his junior season as OSU’s all-time leader in saves with 17.

Drafted in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft with the 79th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mercer made his major league debut with Pittsburgh in 2012.

In 10 big league seasons, Mercer played in 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 2013-15.

Mercer recorded a career .256 batting average to go along with 66 home runs and 308 RBIs. He also posted a .980 fielding percentage and ranked among the top four shortstops in the National League in fielding percentage for four-straight seasons from 2014-17. He finished second in assists in the NL in 2014 and fourth in 2016.

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