Cincinnati Reds: Why Devin Mesoraco Is Proving He's MLB-Ready

Scott L. HutchinsonCorrespondent IMay 14, 2015

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 18: Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds hits an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco may be just 23 years of age, but the former first-rounder is already proving himself more than ready to compete at the big-league level.

While his .304 batting average may be misleading, given a lack of plate appearances, Mesoraco has shown improved patience at the plate this season, as well as an uncanny defensive skill set.

One look at his numbers won't turn many heads, but perhaps the most impressive feat of Mesoraco's young season is the fact that he has struck out only twice through 23 ABs—a major improvement from 2011 when he was rung up 10 times in just 50 plate appearances.

More importantly, Mesoraco has also impressed defensively. Despite having to catch several wild pitching performances by the likes of Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, the rookie has appeared poised behind the plate and has not hesitated to make regular visits to the mound.

As he continues to split time with Ryan Hanigan, Mesoraco should be able progress even further and learn the intricacies of the big-league game. With remarkable talent, the support of his organization and a veteran mentor in Hanigan, it's only a matter of time until he becomes an impact player in Cincinnati.