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Richard Mercado
Richard Mercado


San Clemente, Calif.

High School:
Mater Dei

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 208



Summer 2003
Played for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League ... Hit .214 with 10 runs and 16 RBIs ... Was named to the mid-summer all-star team as the starting catcher ... Honored with the Daniel J. Silva Sportsmanship Award.

Arizona 2003
Fullerton Regional (May 30-31): Went 2 for 4 (.500) in one start ... Cal (May 2-4): Hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Saturday's 10-4 win ... Washington (April 11-13): Went 3 for 10 in two starts with his third home run of the season, three RBIs and three runs scored ... Miami (OH) (April 4-6): Started all three games at catcher and went 5 for 13 (.385) with a RBI and two runs scored ... at UCLA (Mar 28-30): Went 3 for 9 with two runs scored and three RBIs ... Hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Saturday's 7-5 loss ... USC (Mar. 21-23): Scored three runs and had two RBIs in three games ... Wagner (Mar. 13-15): Hit .400 (4 for 10) with two RBIs and five runs scored in two starts at catcher ... Portland (Mar. 11-12): Went 3 for 5 (.600) with five RBIs and two runs scored in one start against the Pilots ... at #9 Texas (Mar. 7-9): Went 2 for 8 (.250) with an RBI and a run scored in three games ... Came up with a clutch pinch hit single that scored two runs in Arizona's 5-1 victory on Friday ... Minnesota (Feb. 21-23): Hit a team-leading .500 in two starts against the Gophers. Finished with three runs scored and hit his first home run of the season ... At UC Irvine (Feb. 14-16): Went 3 for 8 (.375) with a double and a run scored in two starts ... Baylor (Feb. 7-9): Went 2 for 8 (.250) with three RBIs and two runs scored in a pair of starts against the Bears ... BYU (Jan. 30-Feb. 1): Made first start of the season in Saturday's 32-3 win. Led all players at the plate with a 6 for 7, three RBI and five run day. The six hits in the contest tied the school record for most hits in a single game.

Summer 2002
Played with Arizona teammate John Hardy for the Harrisonburg (Va.) Turks in the Valley League ... Batted .211 in 40 games with four doubles and 11 RBIs.

Arizona 2002
Started 37 games as the DH, catcher, at first and third ... Collected at least one hit in the first nine games he started ... UC Riverside (April 19-21): Tallied his second pinch hit of the season against. Laced a single through the left side of the infield with two-outs in the eighth inning to score a pair of runners ... at Oregon State (Mar. 28-30): Picked up Arizona's third pinch hit of the season in the eighth inning in UA's 2-1 loss to the Beavers ... #15 Arizona State (Mar. 22-24): Hit .300 (3 for 10) with three runs scored against ... UNC Wilmington (Mar. 15-17): Went 5 for 13 with an RBI and a run scored in three games against ... New Mexico State (Feb. 26): Hit his first career home run en route to a 2 for 4, four RBI and two-run game ... UC Irvine (Feb. 22-24): Hit. .417 (5 for 12) with three RBIs and three runs scored in three games ... San Diego State (Feb. 7-9): In three games against he finished 6 for 12 (.500) with two RBIs and three runs scored ... Southern Utah (Feb. 5) Went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored ... Collected his first collegiate hit, a double, against Utah (2/1) ... Went 4 for 11(.363) with three doubles and four runs scored against the Utes in three games.

High School
Graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., where he played for coach Burt Call ... Three-year letterwinner in baseball ... Was twice named team captain ... Was a three position player in high school catching, pitching and outfield ... A two-time all-county honoree ... Was named the Serra League MVP ... Holds the school record for most hits in a season ... Played Connie Mack baseball for the Encititas Reds throughout high school.

Full name: Richard Michael Mercado ... Born 5/23/83 in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... Majoring in Art ... Son of Marcos and Vickie Mercado ... Has two brothers, David and Tomas ... Tomas plays football for Iona College in New York.

Career Stats

Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT
2002....  .292   45-37    144   22   42    7    1    1   21   10   18    3-4
2003....  .324   41-35    145   32   47    7    1    4   31    9   21    3-4
TOTAL...  .308   86-72    289   54   89   14    2    5   52   19   39    6-8

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