Originally Posted by alwaysawarrior
I don't want to trade him but I agree there is no where to feel good about his development. I'm starting to feel the same way about him that I do Chapman. Make a plan and stick with it. Even if your plan sucks it has to be better than having no plan at all, and that is the way I'm starting to feel with Mes, that the club just doesn't have a good plan.
The Reds have had a consistent plan for Mes. When he finished his good AAA season, they brought him to the bigs and gave him an apprenticeship playing less than the incumbent.
The plan was - and maybe still is - to increase that playing time.
Problem is he hit .212 with a .640 OPS, and some think he didn't defend that well. He was sent down to the minors, hit 3 for 19 PAs down there, and then didn't make the Reds playoff roster.
Meantime, Hanigan is established as a first rate defender who gets on base. And the team is contending and probably wants Hanigan to continue to play very often.
If it were me, I would do the opposite of sticking to the plan. I'd revise the plan to allow Mes to get his bat going at AAA and get some more reps behind the plate. Let's see how it goes, how Hanigan does, how Olivo does, if everyone is healthy.
You can support Mes and still think he'd be better off catching most every day at AAA.