Chicago White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes has decided to retire from baseball.
The 28-year-old’s surprise announcement comes after he was demoted to Triple-A. Mercedes made the announcement via Instagram on Wednesday.
However, according to James Fegan of The Athletic, the White Sox have yet to receive an official word of Mercedes’ decision.
Mercedes was one of baseball’s biggest stories in the first few weeks of the 2021 season. After hitting .415 / .455 / .659 through the end of April with five homers and 34 hits in 22 games, he was named AL Rookie of the Month.
However, its decline came soon after. In May, he hit .221 / .292 / .326 with two homers in 28 games. Meanwhile, White Sox coach Tony La Russa tore Mercedes apart for hitting a home run on a 3-0 count from a positional throwing in a resounding victory.
Mercedes’ struggles hit a new low last month, with the Dominican native slashing 0.159 / 0.221 / 0.190 in 18 games. His demotion to Triple-A came earlier this month.
Although Mercedes is producing in Triple-A, it currently doesn’t have a long way to go back in the big leagues. Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger split their time at DH, and Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert are expected to return from injury for the White Sox 58-38 soon.
If Mercedes officially decides to quit, his MLB career ends with a .270 / 0.327 / 0.402 line with seven home runs and 65 hits in 69 games.