I thought the way the Reds used Mez last season was strange. I heard all the arguments that "he'll learn more on the bench in Cincy," but I don't see it. A catcher needs to play. If there is a problem with his game calling, then why not let him work on it at AAA? If there is a problem with his bat, why not give him 250 more AB's at AAA? Point is, if there is ANY element of his game that needs work, how will sitting on the bench help him?
I guess I don't see the value of sitting the bench. If a top 25 prospect isn't ready to start at the major league level, shouldn't you keep him in the minors where he can play every day and reach the level where he can start at the major league level? As far as I am concerned, they wasted a year of Mez's development in 2012.
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