Re: Monday, May 10th, Minor League Updates
Don't forget that Mesoraco was ready to move up a level defensively, but they kept him down here so that he could experience some positive long-term Offensive timing with his bat. He was ahead of his level physically, so it's not unexpected that he'd have this success. The REDS were expecting good Offense from him (though probably closer to an .820-.840 OPS), but Mesoraco's even done better than that.
He's not the #2 prospect at this time by any means. He's still got to go through the entire AA level from beginning to end both defensively (as a Catcher, the toughest level for a Catcher) and Offensively.
It's kind of a given that Mesoraco is going to be a hitter. With him, it's all about which position will he play.
I assume the REDS would like to let him keep his timing together through the end of June before moving him up to AA. That's how I would do it. He's had too little time this year under "good Offensive conditions" for it to stay with him to the next level. He needs more time where he's at so that the confidence Offensively can be rooted in him.
Last edited by Kingspoint; 05-10-2010 at 11:20 PM.