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    Prospect Profile: Devin Mesoraco




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    Player Name:    Devin Mesoraco
    Position:    Catcher
    School:    Punxsutawney HS, Pa.
    School Type:    High School
    Academic Class:    Senior
    Birthdate:    06/19/88
    Height:    6'1"
    Weight:    195 lbs.
    Bats:    Right
    Throws:    Right
    Report Date(s):    04/23/07
    Game(s):    Bald Eagle HS
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    Hitting Ability:    Mesoraco has a ton of hitting ability, using a little leg kick in his approach, and doesn't swing at bad pitches.
    Power:    Mesoraco has plus power. Right now, it's more pull power, but eventually he'll develop power to all fields.
    Running Speed:    He's a fringy-average runner, which is pretty good for a catcher.
    Arm Strength:    He has a plus arm and isn't afraid to use it in pick-off attempts.
    Arm Accuracy:    His throws are always right on the money.
    Fielding:    Mesoraco has plus hands behind the plate.
    Range:    A terrific athlete, Mesoraco is outstanding at blocking balls in the dirt.
    Baseball Instincts:    Off the charts. He's got great makeup, he's very aggressive and he's a natural leader behind the plate.
    Physical Description:    Mesoraco is a strong backstop with a body type that might remind some of a Joe Girardi or Ivan Rodriguez.
    Medical Update:    Mesoraco missed much of 2006 following Tommy John surgery, but now is completely healthy and clearly is having no problems with his throwing.
    Strengths:    He's a complete package. He can hit with power and he can play defense with a strong arm and soft hands.
    Weaknesses:    He tends to get out on his front foot on his swing from time to time.
    Summary:    Mesoraco has answered any questions about his arm following Tommy John surgery a year ago and is on the rise among catching prospects. 
    He's a complete catching package, with hitting ability, power, good hands, a plus arm and outstanding leadership ability.


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    High energy player with great, natural leadership skills. Mesoraco is an amazing natural athlete that was well known entering the year, but wasn't thought of as anything near a first-round pick. He had Tommy John surgery the fall of his junior year which led to a so-so year serving as his team's DH. Now fully healthy, he exploded this spring, with a huge season at the plate while showing off his big arm from behind it. He has above average tools across the board, and runs extremely well for a catcher. He has exciting power potential, and hits the ball to the gaps. He is athletic enough that he may be able to handle a move to second base a la Craig Biggio, but his arm is such a dynamic tool that it may be wasted there. He has committed to Virginia, where he was at first thought to be somewhat of a difficult sign, but now that he's a lock for the first round college won't be an option.
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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Let's bring him to the majors tomorrow!Didn't Dave Winfield go straight to the majors. I am only half-joking.

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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    HERE is a link to Devin Mesoraco's minor league stats.
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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Has anyone seen this guy play? If so how has he been looking? I'm really curious about this kid.
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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    He's struggling so far.

    Five years from now when he's still in the minors, we can see how he's doing. Many of us will be dead by the time he ever reaches the Majors.
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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Devin went 1-3 today.

    He's hitting .256/.373/.279 on the year. One extra base hit, a double.

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    GCL Reds
    Player	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	AVG
    Reed CF	4	2	2	1	0	0	2	1	0	.282
    Feiner 2B	4	1	2	0	0	0	0	1	0	.265
    Soto SS	4	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	1	.357
    Scott 1B	3	0	0	0	0	0	1	1	0	.326
    Mesoraco DH	3	0	1	0	0	0	0	1	0	.261
    Brown LF	4	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.233
    Wideman C	3	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.258
    Sanchez a- PH	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	.217
    Pullen 3B	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	0	.186
    Cech b- PH	1	1	1	1	0	0	0	0	0	.385
    Oliveras RF	4	1	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	.157
    Rodriguez, E P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Rice P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Gonzalez, A P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Beal P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    
    BATTING
    2B: Reed (2, Amaro), Cech (2, Paulino).
    TB: Reed 3; Feiner 2; Soto; Mesoraco; Cech 2; Oliveras.
    RBI: Reed 2 (7), Scott (4).
    2-out RBI: Reed.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mesoraco.
    GIDP: Soto; Scott; Wideman.
    Team LOB: 6.
    
    BASERUNNING
    SB: Feiner 2 (3, 2nd base off Krebs/Garcia, J, 2nd base off Vasquez/Garcia, J), Reed (7, 3rd base off Vasquez/Garcia, J).
    
    FIELDING
    E: Rodriguez, E (1, throw), Soto 2 (9, throw, fielding), Wideman (2, pickoff).
    Pickoffs: Rodriguez, E (Latimore at 1st base), Gonzalez, A (Bomback at 1st base).
    
    a-Struck out for Wideman in the 9th. b-Doubled for Pullen in the 9th.
    GCL Pirates
    Player	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	AVG
    Fields 2B	4	2	3	0	0	0	0	0	0	.274
    Rosero LF	2	1	1	0	0	0	1	0	0	.263
    Latimore CF	4	0	1	0	0	0	2	0	1	.266
    Fitzpatrick 1B	4	1	1	1	0	0	0	0	1	.257
    Bomback 3B	3	0	1	0	0	0	0	1	0	.232
    Peley DH	2	1	1	0	0	1	2	1	0	.316
    Canal RF	4	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	3	.208
    Garcia, J C	4	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	.226
    Rice SS	2	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.100
    Amaro P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Krebs P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Vasquez P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Paulino P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    
    BATTING
    2B: Fitzpatrick (5, Rice).
    HR: Peley (1, 4th inning off Rodriguez, E, 0 on, 1 out).
    TB: Fields 3; Rosero; Latimore; Fitzpatrick 2; Bomback; Peley 4; Canal.
    RBI: Rosero (6), Latimore 2 (10), Peley 2 (8).
    2-out RBI: Latimore.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fitzpatrick; Latimore; Garcia, J 2.
    S: Rosero.
    SF: Peley.
    Team LOB: 5.
    
    BASERUNNING
    SB: Rosero (4, 2nd base off Rice/Wideman).
    CS: Canal (2, 2nd base by Rodriguez, E/Wideman), Bomback (3, 2nd base by Gonzalez, A/Wideman), Fields (2, 3rd base by Rice/Wideman).
    PO: Latimore (1st base by Rodriguez, E), Bomback (1st base by Gonzalez, A).
    
    FIELDING
    E: Bomback (3, throw).
    DP: 3 (Rice-Fields-Fitzpatrick, Rice-Fitzpatrick, Amaro-Rice-Fitzpatrick).
    
    
    
    GCL Reds
    Player	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	HR	ERA
    Rodriguez, E (L, 1-1)	4.0	4	4	1	0	2	1	1.65
    Rice 	2.2	5	2	2	0	2	0	3.66
    Gonzalez, A 	0.2	0	0	0	2	1	0	11.25
    Beal 	0.2	0	0	0	0	1	0	0.00
    
    GCL Pirates
    Player	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	HR	ERA
    Amaro (W, 1-0)	5.1	6	2	2	1	0	0	3.79
    Krebs (H, 1)	1.2	0	0	0	2	0	0	1.35
    Vasquez 	0.2	0	2	2	3	1	0	5.74
    Paulino (S, 1)	1.1	2	1	1	0	1	0	5.40
    
    
    
    WP: Rice, Beal, Vasquez.
    HBP: Rice (by Rodriguez, E), Rosero (by Rice).
    Ground outs-fly outs: Rodriguez, E 4-4, Rice 3-2, Gonzalez, A 0-0, Beal 1-0, Amaro 13-3, Krebs 1-4, Vasquez 1-0, Paulino 1-2.
    Batters faced: Rodriguez, E 17, Rice 13, Gonzalez, A 3, Beal 2, Amaro 20, Krebs 7, Vasquez 5, Paulino 6.
    Inherited runners-scored: Gonzalez, A 1-0, Beal 1-0, Krebs 1-0, Paulino 1-0.
    Umpires: HP: Ryan Karle. 1B: Joe Bora. 2B: . 3B: .
    Weather: 87 degrees, sunny.
    Wind: 9 mph, L to R.
    T: 2:35
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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric_Davis View Post
    He's struggling so far.

    Five years from now when he's still in the minors, we can see how he's doing. Many of us will be dead by the time he ever reaches the Majors.
    Wow. He is done already. That would suck.

    I like the fact his OBP is almost 120 points higher than his average. Patience is a virtue. I know his slugging is below sucking, but he is 19 and tasting more than HS pitching.

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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    I was just saying we really need a catcher on the Reds. It sounds like Devin has a long way to go,though

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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Quote Originally Posted by AmarilloRed View Post
    I was just saying we really need a catcher on the Reds. It sounds like Devin has a long way to go,though
    He does. He is 19 and just graduated high school three weeks ago.

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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Quote Originally Posted by AmarilloRed View Post
    I was just saying we really need a catcher on the Reds. It sounds like Devin has a long way to go,though
    It's his 3rd week in the minors and he's just out of high school.

    What did you expect?

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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Could a mod change the title of this to "Prospect Profile: Devin Mesoraco"

    I didn't know what to title it after I drafted him.

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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    Last night Devin went 1-4 and had a passed ball, his third.

    His OPS is a rough .653 but he sports a nice .373 OBP.

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    GCL Reds
    Player	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	AVG
    Reed CF	4	1	2	0	0	1	1	0	0	.292
    Moreta 2B	4	0	1	1	0	0	0	0	1	.247
    Soto SS	3	0	0	0	0	0	1	0	1	.345
    Mesoraco C	4	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	.260
    Brown LF	3	0	1	0	0	0	0	1	1	.237
    Mendez 3B	3	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.218
    Scott a- PH	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	.318
    Sanchez 1B	3	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	1	.206
    Cech b- PH	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.357
    Waller DH	3	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	.056
    Pullen c- PH-DH	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.182
    Bastardo RF	3	1	1	1	0	0	0	0	1	.269
    Otterness P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Chiu P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Navarro P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Fiebig P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    
    BATTING
    2B: Moreta (4, Perez, P), Bastardo (1, Jimenez).
    HR: Reed (1, 1st inning off Perez, P, 0 on, 0 out).
    TB: Reed 5; Moreta 2; Mesoraco; Brown; Bastardo 2.
    RBI: Reed (8), Soto (17).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mendez; Mesoraco 2; Pullen.
    Team LOB: 6.
    
    FIELDING
    E: Sanchez (7, fielding).
    PB: Mesoraco (3).
    Pickoffs: Otterness (Beltre at 1st base).
    
    a-Struck out for Mendez in the 9th. b-Grounded out for Sanchez in the 9th. c-Flied out for Waller in the 9th.
    GCL Red Sox
    Player	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	AVG
    Lin, C RF	3	2	2	1	0	0	0	2	0	.256
    Dening DH	5	0	2	1	0	0	2	0	0	.272
    Tejeda SS	5	0	0	0	0	0	1	0	1	.281
    Sumoza LF	4	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	2	.286
    Beltre CF	4	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	1	.205
    Burgos 1B	2	2	1	0	0	0	0	2	0	.275
    Blocker 3B	4	1	1	1	0	0	0	0	1	.265
    Gil, R C	4	0	2	0	0	0	1	0	0	.290
    Solano 2B	4	0	3	0	0	0	1	0	1	.276
    Perez, P P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Jimenez P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    Gonzalez P	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	.000
    
    BATTING
    2B: Lin, C (4, Otterness), Dening (6, Otterness), Blocker (7, Otterness).
    TB: Lin, C 3; Dening 3; Beltre; Burgos; Blocker 2; Gil, R 2; Solano 3.
    RBI: Tejeda (14), Dening 2 (11), Gil, R (6), Solano (4).
    2-out RBI: Dening.
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gil, R; Sumoza; Tejeda 4; Dening.
    Team LOB: 10.
    
    BASERUNNING
    SB: Solano (3, 2nd base off Otterness/Mesoraco), Burgos (1, 3rd base off Otterness/Mesoraco).
    CS: Beltre (3, 2nd base by Otterness/Mesoraco), Solano (2, home by Otterness/Mesoraco).
    PO: Beltre (1st base by Otterness).
    
    
    
    GCL Reds
    Player	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	HR	ERA
    Otterness (L, 0-3)	3.1	8	4	4	2	3	0	5.31
    Chiu 	3.2	1	0	0	1	2	0	5.40
    Navarro 	0.2	2	1	1	1	1	0	15.43
    Fiebig 	0.1	1	0	0	0	0	0	3.55
    
    GCL Red Sox
    Player	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO	HR	ERA
    Perez, P (W, 1-3)	6.0	3	1	1	1	4	1	3.49
    Jimenez (H, 2)	2.0	2	1	1	0	3	0	3.18
    Gonzalez (S, 2)	1.0	1	0	0	0	1	0	4.22
    
    
    
    WP: Otterness, Gonzalez.
    HBP: Soto (by Perez, P).
    Ground outs-fly outs: Otterness 4-1, Chiu 6-3, Navarro 0-1, Fiebig 0-1, Perez, P 8-6, Jimenez 1-2, Gonzalez 1-1.
    Batters faced: Otterness 18, Chiu 14, Navarro 5, Fiebig 2, Perez, P 23, Jimenez 8, Gonzalez 4.
    Inherited runners-scored: Chiu 2-0, Fiebig 3-1.
    Umpires: HP: Joseph Born. 1B: Ryan Karle. 2B: . 3B: .
    Weather: 95 degrees, sunny.
    Wind: 1 mph, Varies.
    T: 2:45
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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

    From the Hardball Times. http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/ar...d-picks-11-20/


    15. C Devin Mesoraco, Reds





    I like athletic catchers and Mesoraco certainly fits that description. Stop me if you've heard this one, but when Mesoraco lets the ball travel and get deep, he shows a quick, powerful swing. When he "goes and gets it," it looks like he's a little handsy. Minorleaguebaseball.com's take on Mesoraco seems to agree with me...

    "He tends to get out on his front foot on his swing from time to time."

    Both game swings in his draft video show him lunging after pitches and grounding out, so that would be my concern as well. He might need to shorten his swing just a tad (lower the hands maybe?).

    Whether he needs to use the cue "trust your hands" (or "trust your body" as I'd rather say), Mesoraco's development hinges on letting the ball travel into the hitting zone. If it doesn't, Mesoraco has a quick release and excellent arm from behind the plate, so not all will be lost if he doesn't develop to his potential with the bat. From a potential point-of-view, I like the pick. There's work to do though.
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    Re: 2007 Reds #1 Pick--Devin Mesoraco (Official Thread)

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    Year	Age		Team	PA	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	AVG	OBP	SLG	OPS
    2007		Rookie	GCL Reds	59	50	5	13	1	0	0	4	7	6	.260	.373	.280	653
    Extended Statistics
    Year	Age		Team	PA	AB	ISOP	BB%	K%	BABIP	GB%	LD%	RC	RC/27	wOBA
    2007		Rookie	GCL Reds	59	50	.020	11.9%	10.2%	.295	60%	5%	5	3.5	.315
    Extended Statistics
    
    2007: GCL Reds  
    Split Statistics with GCL Reds in 2007
    Split	PA	AB	ISOP	HR	BB%	K%	BABIP	GB%	LD%	AVG	OBP	SLG	wOBA
    June	13	12	.083	0	7.7%	7.7%	.182	82%	0%	.167	.231	.250	.220
    July	46	38	.000	0	13.0%	10.9%	.333	52%	7%	.289	.413	.289	.342
    AWAY	29	23	.043	0	13.8%	6.9%	.286	76%	5%	.261	.414	.304	.349
    HOME	30	27	.000	0	10.0%	13.3%	.304	42%	5%	.259	.333	.259	.282
    Game Log
    Date	Level		Pos	AB	H	2B	3B	HR	SO	BB	SB	CS
    July 19	Rook	@ GCL Red Sox	C	4	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
    July 18	Rook	@ GCL Pirates	DH	3	1	0	0	0	0	1	0	0
    July 17	Rook	vs. GCL Orioles	C	2	1	0	0	0	0	2	0	1
    July 16	Rook	@ GCL Twins	C	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
    July 13	Rook	vs. GCL Pirates	DH	4	0	0	0	0	1	0	0	0
    July 12	Rook	@ GCL Orioles	C	3	0	0	0	0	1	1	0	0
    July 11	Rook	vs. GCL Twins	C	4	0	0	0	0	2	0	0	0
    July 8	Rook	@ GCL Pirates	C	3	2	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
    July 7	Rook	vs. GCL Orioles	DH	5	1	0	0	0	1	0	0	0
    July 6	Rook	@ GCL Twins	C	3	1	0	0	0	0	1	0	0
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