Devin Mesoraco was one of the crown jewels of the Reds farm system prior to the 2012 season.
Mesoraco slashed .268/.343/.452 over 453 minor league games with 162-game averages of 21 HR, 83 RBI and 74 runs scored.
Baseball America was so impressed by Mesoraco's rise through the minors that they ranked him 16th on their 2012 installment of the Top 100 Prospects list.
Unfortunately for Mez, his minor league success didn't translate into immediate success at the big league level, where he slashed .212/.286/.352 in 165 at-bats last season.
This season, Mesoraco earned his way onto the Reds 25-man roster with a very strong showing in spring training.
The 24-year-old backstop slashed .326/.420/.535 with two home runs, 11 RBI and five runs scored.
This season, he's looking to unseat Ryan Hanigan as the team's starting catcher.
Through the team's first six games, Mesoraco has a .167/.286/.167 triple slash with one run scored.
Hanigan is the clear choice to start at this point and while the season is still very young, the 32-year-old veteran is off to a slow start.
Through 16 at-bats, Hanigan has managed a disappointing .063/.158/.063 slash line with an RBI and three strikeouts.
Hanigan isn't going to lose the starting job right away.
However, if Mesoraco continues to outperform him as the season progresses, Hanigan could see a significant drop-off in playing time.