Blue Crabs Add Mercado And Figueroa

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have added catcher Richard Mercado and infielder Paco Figueroa for the 2012 season.

Richard Mercado was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 12th round (356th overall) of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Arizona. He played five seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, including 10 games at the Triple-A level in 2008. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in the Northern League with Schaumburg and Joliet. Last season, he hit .299 with 9 home runs and 3( RBI for St. Paul in the American Association.

Paco Figueroa was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 9th round (273rd overall) of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Miami. He played five seasons in the Orioles organization, including 51 games at Triple-A Norfolk in 2010. Last season, played for the Philadelphia Phillies Double-A affiliate Reading, where he hit .259 with 17 RBI and 6 stolen bases.

Some more solid signings by the Blue Crabs. Mercado is a solid defensive catcher who will most likely back-up Christan Lopez. While Figueroa will be an utility infielder.

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