Kent Mercker Stats

Kent Mercker was born on Thursday, February 1, 1968, in Dublin, Ohio. Mercker was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 22, 1989, with the Atlanta Braves. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Kent Mercker baseball stats page.

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"Just to see him out on the mound, seeing him compete, really gives us a lift because we've seen what he's gone through. I saw him the day after the hemorrhage, and he's gone from a wobbly guy who didn't know whether he'd ever pitch again to getting the win in a major league game. That's about as full circle as you can come in this game. Everyone has injuries, but you're talking about something that threatened his life. It really puts all of this in perspective, and it's a great thing to witness. I never thought about whether he'd pitch again. You were thinking, 'Is this guy gonna walk again? Is he gonna live? Is he gonna survive this?' That's where our priorities were." - Manager Mike Scioscia in The Los Angeles Times (Mike DiGiovanna, 08/23/2000, 'Mercker Picks Up a Win to Remember', Source )

Kent Mercker

Kent Mercker Autograph on a 1992 Topps (#596)

Kent Mercker Autograph on a 1992 Topps (#596)

Birth Name:
Kent Franklin Mercker ( Twitter : @merck50 )
Nickname:
None
Born On:
02-01-1968  (Aquarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Dublin, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Dublin High School (Dublin, OH)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
09-22-1989 (Age 21)
Last Game:
05-30-2008
Draft:
1986 : 1st Round (5th)

Kent Mercker

Kent Mercker Pitching Stats

1989 21 Braves 2 1 1 0 0 .000 12.46 0 0 0 4.1 26 8 6 6 0 6 0 4 0 0 0 -
1990 22 Braves 36 0 28 4 7 .364 3.17 0 0 7 48.1 211 43 17 22 6 24 3 39 2 2 0 -
1991 23 Braves 50 4 28 5 3 .625 2.58 0 0 6 73.1 306 56 21 23 5 35 3 62 4 1 1 -
1992 24 Braves 53 0 18 3 2 .600 3.42 0 0 6 68.1 289 51 26 27 4 35 1 49 6 3 0 -
1993 25 Braves 43 6 9 3 1 .750 2.86 0 0 0 66.0 283 52 21 24 2 36 3 59 5 2 1 -
1994 26 Braves 20 17 0 9 4 .692 3.45 2 1 0 112.1 461 90 43 46 16 45 3 111 4 0 1 -
1995 27 Braves 29 26 1 7 8 .467 4.15 0 0 0 143.0 622 140 66 73 16 61 2 102 6 3 2 -
1996 28 Orioles 14 12 0 3 6 .333 7.76 0 0 0 58.0 283 73 50 56 12 35 1 22 3 3 1 -
1996 28 Indians 10 0 2 1 0 1.000 3.09 0 0 0 11.2 46 10 4 4 1 3 1 7 0 0 0 -
1997 29 Reds 28 25 0 8 11 .421 3.92 0 0 0 144.2 616 135 63 65 16 62 6 75 2 2 1 -
1998 30 Cardinals 30 29 1 11 11 .500 5.07 0 0 0 161.2 716 199 91 99 11 53 4 72 6 3 4 -
1999 31 Cardinals 25 18 2 6 5 .545 5.12 0 0 0 103.2 476 125 59 73 16 51 3 64 3 2 1 0
1999 31 Red Sox 5 5 0 2 0 1.000 3.51 0 0 0 25.2 113 23 10 12 0 13 0 17 0 1 0 0
2000 32 Angels 21 7 2 1 3 .250 6.52 0 0 0 48.1 225 57 35 35 12 29 3 30 2 2 0 1
2002 34 Rockies 58 0 8 3 1 .750 6.14 0 0 0 44.0 208 55 30 33 12 22 2 37 1 2 0 9
2003 35 Reds 49 0 8 0 2 .000 2.35 0 0 0 38.1 169 31 10 13 5 25 2 41 2 0 1 10
2003 35 Braves 18 0 7 0 0 .000 1.06 0 0 1 17.0 73 15 2 3 1 7 2 7 2 0 0 1
2004 36 Cubs 71 0 7 3 1 .750 2.55 0 0 0 53.0 223 39 15 15 4 27 2 51 4 3 1 16
2005 37 Reds 78 0 23 3 1 .750 3.65 0 0 4 61.2 265 64 25 27 8 19 4 45 1 3 0 20
2006 38 Reds 37 0 7 1 1 .500 4.13 0 0 1 28.1 123 28 13 15 6 11 1 17 1 0 1 6
2008 40 Reds 15 0 5 1 0 1.000 3.29 0 0 0 13.2 58 13 5 5 1 8 1 6 1 0 0 0
18 Years 692 150 157 74 67 .525 4.16 2 1 25 1,325.1 5,792 1,307 612 676 154 607 47 917 55 32 15 63

Kent Mercker

Kent Mercker Hitting Stats

1989 21 Braves 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1990 22 Braves 36 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1991 23 Braves 50 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 .100 .182 .100
1992 24 Braves 53 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1993 25 Braves 43 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1994 26 Braves 20 37 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 15 3 1 0 0 .054 .100 .054
1995 27 Braves 29 48 1 5 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 17 6 0 0 0 .104 .104 .167
1996 28 Orioles 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1996 28 Indians 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1997 29 Reds 28 45 3 7 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 23 4 0 0 0 .156 .224 .222
1998 30 Cardinals 31 54 3 8 0 1 1 1 6 2 0 25 5 0 0 1 .148 .179 .241
1999 31 Cardinals 25 28 5 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 10 4 0 0 0 .179 .233 .214
1999 31 Red Sox 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2000 32 Angels 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2002 34 Rockies 58 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2003 35 Reds 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2003 35 Braves 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2004 36 Cubs 71 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2005 37 Reds 78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2006 38 Reds 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2008 40 Reds 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
18 Years 693 248 12 28 5 2 1 1 18 11 0 115 22 1 0 1 .113 .150 .161

Kent Mercker

Kent Mercker Fielding Stats

1989 Braves P 2 1 13 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1990 Braves P 36 0 145 4 0.1 3 2 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 0.56
1991 Braves P 50 4 220 10 0.2 9 2 7 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.10
1992 Braves P 53 0 205 3 0.1 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.40
1993 Braves P 43 6 198 6 0.1 5 1 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 0.68
1994 Braves P 20 17 337 19 1.0 19 4 15 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.52
1995 Braves P 29 26 429 29 1.0 28 5 23 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.76
1996 Orioles P 14 12 174 11 0.8 10 6 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.55
1996 Indians P 10 0 35 3 0.3 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.31
1997 Reds P 28 25 434 33 1.2 33 11 22 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1998 Cardinals P 30 29 485 31 1.0 29 3 26 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .935 1.61
1999 Cardinals P 25 18 311 21 0.8 17 1 16 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .810 1.48
1999 Red Sox P 5 5 77 10 2.0 9 1 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 3.16
2000 Angels P 21 7 145 7 0.3 6 1 5 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .857 1.12
2002 Rockies P 58 0 132 6 0.1 5 3 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 1.02
2003 Reds P 49 0 115 13 0.3 12 6 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.82
2003 Braves P 18 0 51 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
2004 Cubs P 71 0 159 5 0.1 5 1 4 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.85
2005 Reds P 78 0 186 13 0.2 11 0 11 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .846 1.60
2006 Reds P 37 0 84 3 0.1 3 1 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.96
2008 Reds P 15 0 42 1 0.1 1 1 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.64
P Totals 692 150 3,977 228 0.3 211 53 158 17 8 n/a n/a n/a .925 1.43
18 Years 692 150 3,977 228 0.3 211 53 158 17 8 n/a n/a n/a .925 1.43

Kent Mercker

Kent Mercker Miscellaneous Stats

1989 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.67 8.31 12.46
1990 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.5 0.0 1.63 7.26 4.47
1991 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.4 5.0 1.77 7.61 4.30
1992 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.40 6.45 4.61
1993 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 1.64 8.05 4.91
1994 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 18.5 2.47 8.89 3.61
1995 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 9.6 1.67 6.42 3.84
1996 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.63 3.41 5.43
1996 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.33 5.40 2.31
1997 Reds 0 0 .000 2 1 0 0.0 2.0 45.0 1.21 4.67 3.86
1998 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 1 0 54.0 2.2 9.0 1.36 4.01 2.95
1999 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 2.8 14.0 1.25 5.56 4.43
1999 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.31 5.96 4.56
2000 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.03 5.59 5.40
2002 Rockies 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.68 7.57 4.50
2003 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.64 9.63 5.87
2003 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.00 3.71 3.71
2004 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.89 8.66 4.58
2005 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.37 6.57 2.77
2006 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.55 5.40 3.49
2008 Reds 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.75 3.95 5.27
18 Years 0 0 .000 2 3 0 248.0 2.2 13.8 1.51 6.23 4.12

Kent Mercker

Kent Mercker Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1989 Atlanta Braves 50 $68,000.00 - -
1990 Atlanta Braves 50 $102,000.00 - -
1991 Atlanta Braves 50 $117,000.00 - Stats
1992 Atlanta Braves 50 $190,000.00 - -
1993 Atlanta Braves 50 $721,250.00 - -
1994 Atlanta Braves 50 $1,237,500.00 - n/a
1995 Atlanta Braves 50 $2,250,000.00 - Stats
1996 Baltimore Orioles 21 $2,825,000.00 - -
1996 Cleveland Indians 39 "     " - -
1997 Cincinnati Reds 38 $1,700,000.00 - -
1998 St. Louis Cardinals 43 $1,300,000.00 - -
1999 St. Louis Cardinals 43 $2,500,000.00 - -
1999 Boston Red Sox 41 "     " - -
2000 Anaheim Angels 47 $850,000.00 - -
2002 Colorado Rockies 54 $500,000.00 - -
2003 Cincinnati Reds 50 $550,000.00 - -
2003 Atlanta Braves 50 $550,000.00 - -
2004 Chicago Cubs 50 $1,200,000.00 - -
2005 Cincinnati Reds 50 $1,250,000.00 - -
2006 Cincinnati Reds 50 $1,550,000.00 - -
2008 Cincinnati Reds 50 $600,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Kent Mercker hit exactly one home run during his career, on September 2, 1998 , at Pro Player Stadium, versus Florida Marlins lefty Jesus Sanchez , and that home run was a grand slam?

Did you know that Kent Mercker was the starting pitcher on September 11, 1991 , when along with his bullpen ( Mark Wohlers & Alejandro Pena ), the trio pitched the first combined no-hitter in Atlanta Braves history?

Kent Mercker No Hitter
Kent Mercker Combined No Hitter | 1991 Topps | Baseball Almanac Collection

Kent Mercker / Mark Wohlers / Alejandro Pena Combined No-Hitter

In his first five years in the major leagues, lefthander Kent Mercker got only an occasional start for the pitching-rich Atlanta Braves . He spent most of his time pitching long relief.

When Mercker took the mound for the NL West's first-place Braves in the thick of a red-hot pennant race against divisional riva, the fourth place San Diego Padres , he was making on his second start of the season and third of his two-year career. A crowd of 20,477 was at Fulton County Stadium to watch.

Mercker gave up no hits in six innings while striking out six and walking two. He was yanked after the sixth because manager Bobby Cox , fearing Mercker was tiring, deemed a win more important than a no-hitter.

Mark Wohlers followed with two perfect innings, after which Alejandro Pena set the Padres down without a hit in the ninth.

Greg Harris had an outstanding game for the Padres , yielding seven hits in eight innings. The only run he surrendered came in the fifth on a home run by Terry Pendleton .

San Diego's first base-runner appeared in the first when Tony Gwynn drew a two-out walk, but was stranded as Fred McGriff ground out to second. Craig Shipley walked leading off the third, was sacrificed to second, but died there as Tony Fernandez flew out to right and Darrin Jackson grounded out to short. Jackson reached first on Pendleton's two-out error in the ninth, but got no farther as Gwynn flew out to left to end the game.

Researched and written by Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Atlanta (NL) 1, vs. San Diego (0)', Page 390).

The 1994 Atlanta Braves had a five-man rotation that featured Greg Maddux , Tom Glavine , John Smoltz , Steve Avery , and Kent Mercker. Each one an ace in their own right, each capable of pitching a no-hitter, but only Mercker put it all together in 1994:

Kent Mercker No-Hitter ( April 8, 1994 ).

As the new fifth man in the starting rotation of the NL East's first-place Braves , Kent Mercker was getting his first start of the season when he faced Pedro Astacio and the NL West's second-place Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday April 8, 1994 at Dodger Stadium. A crowd of 36,546 was on hand for what was only Mercker's 12th start in 185 games.

Mercker had prior no-hit experience. On September 11, 1991 , he had pitched the first six innings while combining with Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena to no-hit the San Diego Padres, 1-0, at Atlanta .

This time, it was all Mercker. Relying heavily on a 90-mile-per-hour fastball, the 26-year-old hurler not only pitched the first complete game of his career, he recorded the first no-hitter ever tossed by a modern Braves pitcher on the road.

Mercker struck out 10 and walked four while using just 105 pitches. The game marked the first time he had ever pitched past the seventh inning in a big league start.

The southpaw narrowly escaped trouble in the first inning when he issued a one-out walk to Brett Butler and a two-out walk to Eric Karros before retiring Tim Wallach to escape the jam.

Mercker issued a one-out pass to Delino Deshields in the third. The Dodgers second baseman promptly stole second, but was stranded when Mercker retired Butler and Mike Piazza .

Center fielder Deion Sanders came up with a big defensive play in the fifth when he made a sliding catch of a sinking line drive off the bat of Jose Offerman for the second out of the inning.

Only one other Dodgers batter reached base, and that turned out to be a stroke of luck for Mercker. With one out, Butler drew his second walk of the game. One out later, as Butler took off for second, Karros smashed a screaming liner up the middle. Braves second baseman Mark Lemke , breaking to cover second on a possible play on Butler , was in perfect position to snare the liner directly behind second base.

The Braves , meanwhile, used the long ball to deliver an early lead. Fred McGriff and Terry Pendleton hit solo homers in the second. Dave Justice added another four-bagger with the bases empty in the fourth. Pendleton tripled and scored on Javier Lopez ' sacrifice fly in the seventh, then doubled home two more runs in the ninth to complete a three-hit, three-RBI game.

Mercker retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth. In the ninth, he struck out Butler looking on a 2-2 pitch. Piazza then watched a third strike go by on a 1-2 pitch for the second out. The third came when Karros hit a one-strike pitch back to the mound where Mercker gloved it and threw to McGriff at first.

It was Mercker's first win of the season and the fifth in five games for the Braves . Mercker posted a 9-4 record for the season.

Researched and written by Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Atlanta (NL) 6, vs. Los Angeles (0)', Pages 358-359).

Kent Mercker was taken in the first round of the 1986 Major League Baseball Draft , fifth overall, right after Jeff King (1st), Greg Swindell (2nd), Matt Williams (3rd) and Kevin Brown (4th).

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