Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
I really don't know how I am coming across as overstating my opinion so strongly.
Hanigan won't get 700 PAs this year. He will probably get 350-400. The question isn't how to utilize his 350-400 PAs, as he is currently a great option at C and should get those. The question is how to utilize the other 300-350 that the catching position will need to fill. I feel that using the guy who could be special and giving him a chance to really succeed is the best plan, and I don't think that the Reds have even approached that. Furthermore, I think that giving Mesoraco a chance to shine is the best approach for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and maybe on, because it gives real information about the player and the positional situation going forward. Right now I don't think there is any real information beyond Hanigan, and he's entering his age 33 season. I guess there is information about Olivo or Miller as well, but neither of them is a great option as a 300-350 PA catcher on this team, imo.
I'm not sure how this is coming across as me having a Mesoraco poster above my bed or a desire to rename the franchise- that certainly isn't remotely how I feel. You're right in saying that the franchise is bigger than Mesoraco, but, as I said before, there is very little information about one of the 8 positions on the field past a 65% of-the-time starter.