Originally Posted by Plus Plus
But there hasn't been any demonstration that Mesoraco is part of the plan, aside from him having a locker in the Reds' locker room. He was played identically to how Paul Bako or any other backup catcher would be played.
And wasn't it not a month or two ago where you were describing how Hanigan's lack of power would be a limiting factor on his role as a Red? Not to be accusatory or anything, but I don't think I understand your position on the current catching situation. Can you elaborate?
Why do the Reds owe Mesoraco or the fans a "demonstration that Mesoraco is part of the plan"?
Is the problem the Reds have not sufficiently declared their love and unending loyalty for this player?
I don't get this at all. This player is a good prospect. But he is not Johnny Bench or even Buster Posey as a prospect. He is a good young prospect but his future is not the overwhelming priority of this franchise.
This is the Cincinnati Reds, not the Cincinnati Mesoracos.
It's too bad the kid didn't play that well last year. He didn't get the full shot, true. But he didn't show enough to cause the team to say -- whoa, we HAVE to get him into the lineup.
I think he might achieve that "wow" with some more time at AAA.
And put yourself in the Reds' position. The pitchers love throwing to Hanigan. Ryan has been a very strong defender and a good OBP man. You want to win now. Do you suddenly say, hey, Mes did well in the minors two years ago, he's now our guy? Few would.