Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
Isn't Mesoraco more like Jeremy Kivel? Meaning, the tools were always there, even the production. However, an injury in high school briefly derailed them. Fortunately for Mes he was able to play his senior year and still be a first-round pick (but he was held back a year and was a year older than the rest of his graduating class due to the injury). Unfortunately for Kivel, his senior year was wiped out and was a 10th round pick, but got second/third-round pick money for his signing bonus ($500K).
I was going more with the point where a lot of people had flat out given up on Mesoraco. After his season in Dayton some were already calling him a bust. After the 2009 season Baseball America ranked him as the 30th best prospect in the system. Scouting reports on him after that season basically sounded like only the Reds liked him at that point. I personally saw the tools all being there still, but the production just wasn't. Same thing with Travieso. The tools are there. He just isn't consistent with most of them.