Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
You need two catchers, and Mesoraco seems a better option (IMO) than Olivo as a backup catcher. He might, too, find some of that minor league power and become what many here on Redszone think he is.
I fail to understand how playing 40% of the time (if he hits well enough to hang onto the job) is in any way "rotting". Especially if the guy puts up a less than replacement level season.
Because you don't bring up top prospects and play them 40% of the time. They were top prospects (in baseball mind you, not just your organization where top prospect doesn't always mean the same thing) for a reason. Teams just don't bring guys up who were top 10-15 prospects in all of baseball and regulate them to back-up roles. I mean I guess Ryan Howard did that, but let's be fair, Ryan Hanigan is no Jim Thome (who was smacking 40+ home runs with the Phillies). Is there another guy like that in the last 15 years who was as highly touted as Mesoraco at the time he was called up and then just sat 60% of the time from the start?