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Gaither alum Oscar Mercado makes Cardinals' 40-Man

By Jarrett Guthrie
Oscar Mercado was able to count one more thing he was thankful for during last week's Thanksgiving Holiday.
As the Gaither High alum and 2013 St. Louis Cardinals draft pick was picking up luggage at the airport returning home from a trip to Dallas last Monday, he received a call from his organization informing him that St. Louis added Mercado to its 40-man Major League Baseball roster.
“This organization has provided me with a lot of learning experiences,” Mercado said in a message to 813Preps.com. “It has taught me to be extremely mentally tough; and it has taught me the value of staying positive and persevering.”
Mercado, who was a four-year standout at shortstop for Gaither, hitting a career .331, with 81 runs scored and 74 RBI with the Cowboys, was selected out of high school in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft in the second round (57th overall). He spent his first three seasons at the Rookie and Class A levels at shortstop, but things didn’t exactly c…

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