As princeton noted, scouts aren't optimistic about what he's done so far either. He's failed to impress.
That doesn't mean he can't get his game together over the course of years and make it to the majors, but you could say that about any kid in the minors. Top picks are supposed to stand out. The Reds treated him like a top pick this season and put him in full season ball and he drew notice for all the wrong reasons.
The main problem he's got is his defense is a mess. There's serious concern about whether he can stay behind the plate and, unlike Joey Votto, he's yet to show the kind of bat you want to play in the OF or an IF corner. It's the problem you invite when you draft a "good for a catcher" bat and athlete. Now there's doubt that he can stick behind the plate and anywhere else he's not a good hitter or a good athlete.
Also, I don't see anything praise-worthy about a .261/.311/.399 season. That's a line that needs significant improvement. My fix to it would be to keep him in Dayton and hopefully his bat will catch up to his level of competition a bit and the organization can keep trying to learn him some defense. Again, I see absolutely no reason to treat him like he'll be in the majors in short order. The Reds should take their time with him.
Yet the larger point is that Mesoraco has created more doubters than believers so far and that's not good news. Again, I don't expect that register around here very much, but the reality is his star has fallen quite a bit since he got drafted.
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I agree with M2 on this. There is no way Mesoraco should be in Sarasota next season. He needs to repeat at Dayton and spend at least half a season there. If his glove and bat show considerable improvement then maybe bump him to Sarasota for the final two months.
I miss Adam Dunn.
This is a little off topic but I was just looking at the Sally League top 10 prospects from five years ago and was amazed at how well those prospects turned out. Check out this strong list:
1. B.J. Upton - one of the better CFers in the game
2. Scott Kazmir - ace
3. Cole Hamels - ace
4. Jeff Francoeur - disappointing season but still has plenty of talent, needs to learn plate discipline
5. Jeremy Hermida - decent career so far and should get better
6. Hanley Ramirez - one of the top five players in the game
7. Fausto Carmona - disappointing season but Cy Young candidate last year
8. Merkin Valdez - looked good in setup role earlier this season before going down to a injury
9. Scott Olson - solid back end starter
10. Mike Hinckley - yet to allow a run in 11.2 major league innings
It's hard to find a list better than that one.
I miss Adam Dunn.
I still agree with you though. Given the resources it would take to acquire the players listed, I'd rather make a run at Hermida. He'll come much cheaper and is primed for a breakout season, especially if you put him in GABP.