Cincinnati Reds MLB Call-Ups 2011: Which Red Will Make Biggest Impact?
The Cincinnati Reds are out of the NL Central division race and looking ahead to the future by calling up several prospects to fill the 40-man roster.
They recalled INF Chris Valaika, LHP Matt Maloney, LHP Jeremy Horst, RHP Carlos Fisher, RHP Jared Burton, 3B Juan Francisco and C Devin Mesoraco.
The Reds are clearly auditioning their young players for next season, but who will make the biggest impact the rest of the month?
Mesoraco is regarded as one of the top catching prospects in baseball. It remains to be seen how much playing time he’ll receive, but I’m actually going to give him and the Reds the benefit of the doubt. They’ll quickly realize they have no chance at making the playoffs and will shun Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan to make sure their top catching prospect gets quality licks in against major league pitchers.
The Reds were heavily involved in nearly every trade rumor for a top starting pitcher last month. They will need to showcase their young players the rest of the month as they look to make deals this winter and next summer.
If Mesoraco impresses, we could very well see him by midseason next year. Hernandez wasn’t a safe bet to stay with the Reds this past trade deadline and wouldn’t shock anybody if he doesn’t stay with Cincinnati in 2012.
Mesoraco would be the perfect injection of youthful exuberance this team needs. We’ve seen young catchers step in to make a difference like Matt Wieters in Baltimore, Carlos Santana in Cleveland and Buster Posey in San Francisco.
The Reds are wise to audition their youngsters this month. They need to see what these kids have to offer in limited time in the majors. Mesoraco, being the top prospects, has the most to offer and should receive the most playing time.
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