|Right fielder / First baseman|
November 2, 1966 |
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
|Batted: Switch||Threw: Right|
|June 27, 1990 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2003 for the Houston Astros|
|Runs batted in||585|
Orlando Luis Merced Villanueva (born November 2, 1966 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball first Baseman and outfielder. He played all or part of thirteen seasons in the majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1990–1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1997), Minnesota Twins (1998), Boston Red Sox (1998), Chicago Cubs (1998), Montreal Expos (1999), and Houston Astros (2001–2003). He also played one season for the Orix BlueWave (2000) in Japan. He is currently the hitting coach for the West Virginia Power.
Merced was signed as an amateur free agent out of high school at the age of 17 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985. Six years later, he made his major league debut. He played for the Pirates for another six years, where he helped the Pirates win the National League East Division in three consecutive seasons, from 1990 through 1992. Later, he was part of the Astros' 2001 NL Central Division champions.
He finished second in voting for 1991 National League Rookie of the Year, behind Jeff Bagwell, for playing in 120 Games and having 411 At Bats, 83 Runs, 113 Hits, 17 Doubles, 2 Triples, 10 Home Runs, 50 RBI, 8 Stolen Bases, 64 Walks, .275 Batting Average, .373 On-base percentage, .399 Slugging Percentage, 164 Total Bases, 1 Sacrifice Hit, 1 Sacrifice Fly and 4 Intentional Walks.
In thirteen seasons, he played in 1,391 Games and had 3,998 At Bats, 564 Runs, 1,108 Hits, 229 Doubles, 28 Triples, 103 Home Runs, 585 RBI, 57 Stolen Bases, 487 Walks, .277 Batting Average, .355 On-base percentage, .426 Slugging Percentage, 1,702 Total Bases, 3 Sacrifice Hits, 30 Sacrifice Flies and 53 Intentional Walks.
Merced has 4 children: Natalie, Orlando Jr., Roberto and Cloe.
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