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Mainspark
06-22-2007, 07:43 PM
Reds sign top draft pick Mesoraco
SEATTLE (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds signed high school catcher Devin Mesoraco on Friday, the 15th overall pick in this month’s draft.
Mesoraco will get a $1.4 million signing bonus. The Reds assigned him to their rookie league team in Sarasota, Fla.
“Devin is a little better athlete than you normally get at that position. It is a hard position to fill in the majors and in the minors, so we’re pleased to find a catcher who is such a good athlete with such good makeup,” Reds senior director of scouting Chris Buckley said.
Mesoraco hit .467 with four homers and 21 RBIs in his senior season at Punxsutawney (Pa.) High School. He was selected the Gatorade player of the year for Pennsylvania.
Mesoraco was the third catcher the Reds’ have taken with their top draft pick, joining Dan LaMar (1979) and Dan Wilson (1990).

RedsBaron
06-22-2007, 08:25 PM
Mesoraco was the third catcher the Reds’ have taken with their top draft pick, joining Dan LaMar (1979) and Dan Wilson (1990).

If I remember correctly, Johnny Bench was a second round pick, with Bernie Carbo being the Reds first rounder the year they also drafted Bench.

cumberlandreds
06-22-2007, 08:29 PM
If I remember correctly, Johnny Bench was a second round pick, with Bernie Carbo being the Reds first rounder the year they also drafted Bench.


You are correct. Every MLB team at the time had their chance to get Bench but passed. The Reds were very fortunate.

Patrick Bateman
06-22-2007, 08:33 PM
You are correct. Every MLB team at the time had their chance to get Bench but passed. The Reds were very fortunate.

Of course, I believe every other team was viewing him as a pitcher.

The Reds saw him as a cather, something he hadn't done much of to that point.