Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
I seriously doubt the Reds plan going into last year was to get Mes 170 at bats and send him to the minors. If that was the plan it did in fact suck. I happen to like Hanigan behind the plate, but I'd like to see what Mes can do with a real chance. I'm just amazed by people who see less than 200 at bats and thinks he was given ample time....