Originally Posted by dougdirt
Because at what point do you actually let him play? If you are saying Hanigan is your guy at this point, you are going to say that in the future too because Mesoraco did everything he could in AAA in 2011 and got 165 at bats in 2012. I really don't believe that anything he did was going to change his playing time. Hanigan was going to catch his guys and Mesoraco, his. Maybe I am wrong on that, but it is the vibe I got from it all.
Here's what that argument sounds like -- Either Mes plays right now or THAT'S IT, Hanigan will start forever, Mes will never get a chance, trade him, it's over. Gee whiz, Mesoraco is 24, there is plenty of time for him to advance.
Mes did not necessarily complete his learning process by hitting .855 OPS one year at AAA. Some players need more, especially those playing challenging positions.
And Mes has a particular issue. He struggled at the plate last year. He may need more seasoning - or perhaps just a confidence boost of say two to three months of regular, solid play at AAA.
If Mes starts the season with the big club as the 50% catcher, I think it puts lots of pressure on the young man. Ease him back into it. And if he dominates at AAA, then he comes up all ready to assume a larger role and take off from there.