Originally Posted by Vottomatic
LOL. I knew Doug would dominate this thread with the "Mez is the future", "Mez should be starting right now". Because Doug covers the Reds minor leagues, he has this obsession with their prospects.
Then why was Mez basically benched the last month of the season if he is so great? Obviously the team doesn't think as highly of him, and I'll take their opinion over anyone on this board.
Clearly Hanigan is the better game caller and has the confidence of the pitching staff, unlike Mez. That's a huge difference too. And it's not like Hanigan is a liability offensively. Sure, he isn't going to wow you with power, but he'll give you a good at-bat almost every time.
I stick Mez in Louisville until he just earns it by wow-ing everyone or Hanigan goes down with an injury. Mez needs to play everyday, and since this is THE YEAR, we can't afford to have him start over Hanigan.
I am hardly alone in my like for Mesoraco. I also don't have some "love" for the prospects because I cover them. I covered most of the team at one point or another. Even Ryan Hanigan. I am pro-Mesoraco because he has a chance to be something Hanigan can never dream of being.
Mesoraco was benched for reasons that I can't talk about, but it wasn't because of his performance.
My main question is, what does Mesoraco have to do in AAA to "wow" you, or anyone enough, to give him the starting job? .290/.380/.485 for a catcher in AAA apparently wasn't close to enough for the Reds. Not that I am saying he will be Joey Votto, but Mesoraco and Votto had nearly the exact same line at the exact same age in Louisville. Average/OBP/SLG were almost identical across the board. Mesoraco walked 10% to Votto's 12%. Mesoraco struck out 16.6% to Votto's 18.9%.
So what is it going to take? What numbers does he have to put up in AAA? Does he have to go Jay Bruce and hit .360? What will it take?