Re: Reds catching 2013 and after
I have read most of this thread and I definitely believe this issue warrants extensive discussion. One point that I did not see being made that I think is important, is that for most top prospects, if they aren't going to be the starter, than I do believe they should be getting PAs in AAA.
Catcher is a different beast, though. Most starters get 60-75% of the playing time leaving 25-40% of the PAs for their backup. This is significantly higher than other positions. Therefore, Mes will get more of a chance to develop as a backup C, than he would as a backup SS or 1B.
I believe that I would want Mes to start two times out of each rotation to both give him a chance to develop and to keep Hanigan fresh. I also believe that for at least the first few months, it makes sense to switch up who the catchers get to catch so that each catcher gets to catch each starter at least twice.
I think a lot of posters here are selling Mes short if they think Olivo is a better backup C than Mes at this point. The development of Devin Mesoraco will be a big storyline for the 2013 Reds.