Re: Dusty says Hannigan to catch more than Mesoraco
I think familiarity with the league is more important than reps at AAA for a guy like Mes. He needs to become more familiar with the pitchers on his team that he'll be working with, the hitters in the league that he'll be trying to get out as well as the pitchers that he'll be hitting against. Can't do any of that at AAA.
Hanigan had 304 PAs last year. If that is the type of PT that Dusty has in mind for Mes, I can't see how its better for the Reds or Mesoraco to be in AAA. Catchers are a different animal than just about any other player. There is a lot to becoming a good catcher that can only be learned in the big leagues and it takes a while to become a good one. If the Reds were rebuilding, I'd stick Mes in the line-up, live with the growing pains and let him learn as he plays. But since the Reds are trying to win, I think the gradual approach and taking advantage of Hanigan's experience while avoiding some of the growing pains is the better idea.
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