Tommy Viola
Sep 4 · 2 min read

(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE) — Outfielder Luis Robert and catcher Yermín Mercedes were honored today with awards recognizing their solid offensive seasons with the Charlotte Knights. Robert was named as the 2019 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year, while Mercedes was named as the Chicago White Sox Minor League Player of the Month for August/September.

Robert, 22, hit .328 (165-for-503) with 108 runs scored, 31 doubles, 11 triples, 32 home runs, 92 RBIs, and 36 stolen bases combined over 122 games with Winston-Salem (High-A), Birmingham (Double-A), and Charlotte (Triple-A). With the Knights, the Cuban native hit .297 (60-for-202) with 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, five triples, 16 home runs, 39 RBIs, and seven stolen bases in 47 games. Robert finished the season as a member of the exclusive 30–30 club, swatting 32 home runs and stealing 36 bases.

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Mercedes, 26, hit .317 (26-for-82) with 17 runs scored, six doubles, seven home runs, and 28 RBIs over 24 games in August and September combined. Overall with the Knights in 2019, he hit .310 (58-for-187) with 35 runs scored, 12 doubles, 17 home runs, and 62 RBIs in 53 games. For the season, he hit .317 (106-for-334) with 54 runs scored, 19 doubles, 23 home runs, and 80 RBIs over 95 games between the Double-A Birmingham Barons and Charlotte Knights. The Chicago White Sox Minor League Player of the Month award is voted on each month by a panel of Chicago-area media members.

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The latest news and notes about the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte professional baseball from Charlotte Knights Vice President of Communications, Tommy Viola.

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The 2019 season will be the 13th for Viola working in a MiLB front office and seventh overall with the Charlotte Knights.

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The latest news and notes about the Charlotte Knights and Charlotte professional baseball from Charlotte Knights Vice President of Communications, Tommy Viola.

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