Jorge Augustin Merán Pérez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 160 lb.
Jorge Merán spent 10 seasons in the minor leagues, part of two in AAA.
Merán debuted in 1994 with the DSL Tigers, hitting .236 with 3 home runs and 43 RBI. He batted .270 with 6 homers and 41 RBI for the same club in '95. He came stateside in 1996 with the GCL Tigers, batting .315/.378/.464 to finish sixth in the Gulf Coast League in average. He lost out All-Star honors at C to Donny Leon, the league average and RBI leader.
Jorge struggled big-time with the 1997 Jamestown Jammers, hitting just .175/.221/.301. He did lead New York-Penn League catchers with 55 assists, though. In '98, Merán split time between Jamestown (.273/.370/.464) and the Lakeland Tigers (4 for 20, 3 2B). During the 1999 campaign, the 24/25-year-old hit .197/.235/.349 for the West Michigan Whitecaps with half of his 30 hits going for extra bases, backing up Brandon Inge at catcher.
In 2000, Merán batted .268/.299/.433 in 63 games for Lakeland and was 2 for 13 with the Jacksonville Suns. During the next year, he hit .265/.310/.376 in 35 games for the Erie SeaWolves and went 4 for 21 with two walks for the Toledo Mud Hens in his AAA debut.
Jorge ended his run with the Tigers organization in 2002, batting .250/.315/.391 in 56 games for Erie (splitting catching with Max St. Pierre) and going 2 for 12 with Toledo. In 2003, he batted .225/?/.369 for the Atlantic City Surf.
Merán was 3 for 8 for the Dominican national team in the 2007 Pan American Games, getting all of his hits in a win over Brazil. He made a run-scoring error in the 2-0 Dominican loss to the underdog Nicaragan squad.