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.
What does Mesoraco have to do in order to obtain playing time at the MLB level? His low numbers last year are almost entirely a result of a poor BABIP and sporadic/limited opportunities. He has a pedigree of being a top-10 prospect in MLB and being a first round draft pick. He dominated AA and AAA in subsequent years.
What's left? Why are we so hesitant to give the player who can be the RHB to slot between Votto and Bruce (or right after the two of them) a real opportunity, given that he absolutely raked in 2010 and 2011? Is 225 MLB PAs across two years the new litmus for player quality?
Mesoraco's 2011 AAA season slash line was .289/.371/.484. Imagine how good that same stat line would look in the middle of the lineup.
Give the kid a real chance. Not a switching starts chance, but a real, live, play-in-good-situations-regularly chance. Let Hanigan call the game from the dugout if the concern is pitch selection. But having Mesoraco carry Hanigan's gear and only get to catch one guy is a pretty terrible situation. If that is the idea, then I agree with Raisor- trade Mesoraco rather than sticking him at AAA or on the bench while he still has some vague semblance of value.