Acquired: 29th Rd 2007
Why Ranked Here: Merritt, a lefthanded sidearmer is murder on lefties. He could well turn into a very effective situational lefthander. He throws his fastball in the upper eighties and two varieties of breaking balls that give lefties fits. With his funky delivery, lefties just don’t see the ball well out of his hand.
2009: Lefties hit .209/.276/.322 against Merritt. That’s good for Merritt and bad for the other guys. In April, he was 9-for-10 in save chances, but by May had moved out of a silly AA closer’s role and became a situational lefthander.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Merritt will have a long big league career as a traveling LOOGY out of different MLB bullpens.
Debbie Downer Says: He’ll be 24 this season and AA righties smacked him around at a .355/.424/.548 clip. Can you imagine what big league hitters will do?
Projected 2010 Start: AAA Buffalo