Re: So, What do You Think? Mesoraco...
I've never been a fan of Mesoraco as a receiver. I don't like how he sets up, how he tips pitches, and how he sets up a target for pitchers (i.e. I'd like to see a more steady glove hand before the pitchers start their windups). Also, I'd like to see him frame pitches a little better. Otherwise, I love his athleticism behind the dish, and I see nothing wrong with his throwing abilities. With the bat, I'd like to see him start slightly closer to the plate so he's less susceptible to outside breaking pitches. It may result in more foul balls down the left field line, but it also might result in more opposite field hits. He displayed less plate discipline than he did in the minors, but that's completely normal, and I expect that to wear off--just ask Yonder Alonso. Even when I was singing his praises and telling people not to give up hope on him, I was never 100% sold on his bat (although I have been credited for being more optimistic about it than others were a few years ago). With that said, I think some people may have unfair expectations for him. In his prime, I'd expect him to turn into something like a Dan Wilson as a 26-to-28-year-old with a handful more walks and 5-10 more home runs annually. If that happens, I think we should all be extremely thrilled. I think there's a very good reason why the only legitimate trade rumors we've seen Mesoraco mentioned in were involving Cliff Lee.