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Thread: Reds' top catching prospect still adjusting

  1. #16
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    Nov 2007

    Re: Reds' top catching prospect still adjusting

    I am sure he is not thinking about the major leagues right now or how long it might take him to get there. He is thinking about just trying to get better in the games he is playing in. He is hoping to be able to be a better player next week and next month than he is today.

    For that matter, any Single-A player who is thinking about his personal timeline to the majors is only hurting himself.

    On the other hand, he is aware that there is extra pressure on a first round pick, and he has to try not to take that pressure out on the field with him. It is a tough enough game to play without having any extra pressure on you.

    Mesoraco is a non-roster invitee to big league camp. Those who saw Mesoraco struggle to catch Single-A pitchers last season have to wonder how he will do when trying to catch Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez. That is kind of scary.

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    May 2001
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    Re: Reds' top catching prospect still adjusting

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg View Post
    Was this just a signability pick? You just have to wonder why they would draft such a project. I'd rather they took a chance on a HS arm.
    Mesoraco signed for slot money, so it depends on your definition of signability. If it means passing up better talents with inflated price tags (e.g. Rick Porcello), then yes. If it means finding a player who will accept a lowball offer, then no.
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  4. #18
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    Jul 2000
    Richmond, Indiana

    Re: Reds' top catching prospect still adjusting

    If they are going to error to one side or the other -I'd rather they error to the offensive side of things.

    You can teach a kid to catch and throw -you cannot teach him to hit. If his strength is with the bat -at least they can program his glove and arm and get him up to snuff. You can also move a bat to a differing position if the tools don't take. Whereas with the pick of Dane Sardinha-once you figure out he can't hit -there's no where to go with him.

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