Originally Posted by Kc61
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. 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, 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.
I get what you're saying, but I don't think its that dire. Guys get hurt and have lost seasons all the time and come back without losing their skills. If it works out that he needs some reps, he can play winter ball and get a lot of reps. For 2013, I want the best guy on the roster and I think Mes is clearly better than Olivo.
I get the regular PT argument, but its different for a catcher IMO. Mes learns a lot by being on the big league club. If people are saying he'll never get comfortable with the pitchers if he doesn't catch them, he sure won't get comfortable by being off the team completely. On the team, he's catching them in the pen, he's seeing them work, he's seeing the league's hitters, he's seeing how his defenders play and position themsleves, he's a part of the team's meetings where the game plans are formed, etc. All of that information is important when it comes to calling a game and being a good big league catcher. If he seems to struggle offensively after the season drags on and needs to go down for a couple of weeks to get PAs for his timing, then fine. OTOH, if the plan is to spend the year in AAA and lose the opportunity to learn all the things a catcher learns by being on the big league roster while a lesser player is getting 250 major league PAs and catching 40% of the team's innings, then I think that hurts the team and Mesoraco's development.
Playing every day is going to do little for his receiving skills or throwing skills at this point and his bat may get rusty, but isn't in danger of permanent erosion IMO. The lessons learned being on the big league team are more important IMO. Having the best player on the roster is important too. I guess I'm just not a fan of Olivo and Hanigan has shown that he falls off with too much PT. The team needs the best guy available to be the second catcher.