He's one of only a handful of catchers who called all his own games in College, good enough to win two World Series Titles while he was at it, so he had an advantage over many others entering pro ball. How well he's doing at calling games for San Antonio and for Lake Elsinore last year, I don't know.
We took Mesoraco because he's young, and won't have any bad habits. The REDS get to train him the way they want to train a pro. I'm looking forward to what product comes out of him in the year 2012 and 2013. I'm not expecting anything from him at the Major League level until after that.
It's just so early with him.
I really hope we get out of the FSL next year and on into the future. I hate seeing pitchers stats inflated and wondering to what to degree as well as hitters stats deflated and wondering to what degree. At this point, all of the peripherals should look much more in line with the slash lines than they do in the FSL.
Offensively, his month to month improvement has been impressive. Yes, his overall average suggests he should repeat high A. I believe, however, that he could start at AA if he continues to improve in August. He seems to be on a fast track. A repeat of high A would also block the advancement of others within a system that needs to graduate catchers.
The answer to the thread question depends a lot on one's expectations. A ML catcher who hits .250 with 15-20 HRs and above average defense would be worth the number 1 pick.
Don't look now but Devin has now thrown out over 30% of the attempted base stealers against him this season. Since Mid May he is now at 47% (22 of 47).
Of course- I think everyone on this board (and in the Reds organization) would happily take that from D-Mes. As of this point in time, it looks questionable at best as to whether he'll be able to provide that. That said of course, there is still plenty of time.The answer to the thread question depends a lot on one's expectations. A ML catcher who hits .250 with 15-20 HRs and above average defense would be worth the number 1 pick.
I'd just like to see him put up a .750 OPS once (at any level.)
I don't know that he's been overpromoted at all. He's beginning to hold his own offensively at Sarasota and, as Doug has shown, he's making clear progress on his defense. In fact, it's entirely possible they put him at Sarasota instead of Dayton because they thought it would be easier for him to learn to catch with more experienced pitchers--and ones they weren't trying to teach as much new stuff. Placing guys in the minor leagues is not as simple as looking at their offensive stats and then making a call about where they belong.
I advocate challenging hitters, myself. And DMes's main attribute was always his bat. he's in the right place offensively. as he climbs the ladder, I think that he'll need a lot of time at AAA defensively.
Zack Cozart is another player that has been aggressively promoted and has really responded offensively. I think that Reds should call up Cozart in September for a look-see, but I think that they'll cite the fact that he doesn't have to be protected for another year and won't advance him. Probably that's the best for Cozart long-term, but Reds really need a shortstop.
There are many players from the SEC that have made the majors by the time they are Cozart's age. I don't know if anyone from Mesoraco's county has ever played professional ball. Big difference.
As far as challenging hitters goes, I think that Todd Frazier and Cody Puckett should have been promoted months ago.
Last edited by Benihana; 08-07-2009 at 11:15 AM.