Mercado is one of the players the bombers will have from Cal State Northridge. Mercado started 49 games behind the plate for the Matadors this spring. He had a .273 batting average with 14 doubles and 24 runs batted in. Mercado also had 10 runners caught stealing on the year. Out of high school Mercado was a 2011 California Rawlings Honorable mention team.