Originally Posted by mth123
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.
We just disagree. Mes had one year to sit and learn at the big league level. I think another year of doing so is a disaster.
Hitting a baseball is a very hard skill. For a young guy to miss two years of regular in-game hitting has to set him back.
As for defense, learning the league and pitchers is important but it shouldn't replace actually playing.
If the Reds decide they must keep Mesoraco over Olivo, they will have to use Mes much more than last year. He cannot sit and progress.
As for those who say there is no "plan" I disagree. Hannigan is 32, will be 33 in August. His offense has diminished and is effective mostly against lefties now.
I think Walt and Dusty definitely plan for Mes to become the sixty percent catcher very soon. The question is how to get him there. My guess is that they understand that last year's usage pattern should not be repeated.