Originally Posted by mth123
I think the general feeling that the offensive difference between Hanigan and Mesoraco is driving the allocation of PT is wrong. I think when the defensive gap between Hanigan and Mes becomes less cavernous is when Mes will start getting a bigger allocation of PT. IMO, that's why sending him to AAA doesn't really help the situation. A catcher's defense is largely about his knowledge of the league, its hitters and the pitchers and defenders on his own team. He gains a lot more of that sitting in the majors than he does getting 4 PAs every day in AAA.
At the end of the day, like many prospects, it may take an injury or something other than performance to force the situation and provide the opportunity. I'm sure we'd feel less comfortable with Todd Frazier at 3B had Rolen stayed healthy and Frazier not been thrust into 66 starts as the Red's 3B in 2012. At that point, Mes would need to sieze the job by performing on both offense and defense. His defense is probably the biggest factor now, but if he hits like he did in the upper minors, it would be hard to take him out of there. .
I strongly disagree that Mes is better off sitting in the major leagues than playing in the minors.
Devin M played 54 major league games last year. Over six months that comes to 9 games per month.
This young catcher cannot progress playing 9 games per month again this year. Eventually, so little action will diminish his skills, destroy his career. These are strong words, but I mean them.
If the Reds must keep him in the big leagues, they have to play him more. AAA is most sensible for awhile since it helps him jump start his bat, work on his defense, but most of all -- it enables him to play baseball almost every day.
Some folks ask, well, how will we know when he's ready if he's at AAA? At some point, the Reds' AAA staff will call Dusty and Walt and say this kid is too good for AAA, it's time. Then they have to give him heavy playing time in the bigs.
Mes played in very few baseball games last season. It cannot happen again. That would be the absolute worst result for this organization and player.