Originally Posted by jimbo
I don't think there is any argument that Mes has the bat power, but I've never considered the catching position as being an "offensive" position (I'm sure there are many here who may disagree with me though). The pitching staff and defense was very strong with Hanigan behind the plate last season. I want to see the same with Mes back there before I give him the job because of his bat.
Great catchers, IMO, are the ones who are masters of their craft when behind the plate. A great bat is just icing on the cake.
Great teams get offensive production from "defensive" positions. You don't develop a great offense merely by having the corner players hit.
The BRM is an example. Getting Morgan/Bench production out of second base and catcher gave them an extra lineup boost. Big time, as Dusty might say.
If Mesoraco becomes an .800 OPS (or more) hitter it will dramatically boost this team.
Not to say that every middle infielder and catcher needs to hit. But if some do, those teams can be special.