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MLB Club: Cincinnati Reds
Minor League Stats: .269 BA, 59 HR, 233 RBI, .455 SLG
Devin Mesoraco was the Cincinnati Reds first round draft pick in the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft. He has yet to play a game in the big leagues, but that hasn't stopped him from producing in the minors.
Ramon Hernandez, the current starting catcher for the Reds, is 35 years old. Granted, he's still producing, but the years tend to wear down catchers faster than any other position.
Mesoraco is only 23 and has already played five seasons in the minors. He has paid his dues and deserves a chance to be called-up, so why isn't he getting more love?
Mesoraco has been playing Class AAA baseball for the last two seasons with the Louisville Bats. Thi season, Mesoraco hit .289 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI. These aren't bad stats, so maybe it's his fielding that is bringing him down?
In 97 games this season, Mesoraco committed 10 errors, which isn't terrible, but his caught stealing percentage went way down.
In Class AA, Mesoraco caught 41 percent of the runners that tried to steal on him. This season, that number went down to 26 percent. That's...not good.
But that shouldn't be the only reason he hasn't got his shot yet. If he doesn't get called up to finish the season, Mesoraco should be able to compete for a chance again next season.
He will be a good player for Cincinnati when they give him a chance.