Mike Mercurio Signs Free Agent Contract With Kansas City Royals
Mount Olive College shortstop Mike Mercurio, a consensus All-America during his senior year at Mount Olive, was signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals, it was announced Friday. Mercurio was assigned to the Royals' Rookie League affiliate, the Burlington Royals of the Appalachian League.
A senior from Brewster, N.Y., Mercurio was the 2013 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year. He earned All-America recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association, Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Mercurio also garnered All-America honors in 2012, his first year at Mount Olive.
Mercurio batted .358 this season with 21 doubles, seven home runs and 57 runs batted in. In February, he became the fourth player in Trojan history to hit for the cycle.
Mercurio initially signed a professional contract with the independent Joliet (Ill.) Slammers of the Frontier League. The Royals purchased Mercurio's contract before he played any games with the Slammers.
Mercurio is one of two Trojans who signed with the Joliet Slammers. Pitcher Matt Dillon recorded 10 strikeouts and allowed only one hit in his first outing with the Slammers.
His assignment to the Royals' Rookie League marks a return to Burlington for Mercurio. The 2013 Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament was held at Burlington Athletic Park, home of the Burlington Royals.