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Reds promoting top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco

Aug 31, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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The Reds are planning to add several fresh faces Thursday when major league rosters expand, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.

Chief among those September callups will be catching prospect Devin Mesoraco.

A 23-year-old from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (yes, home of the famous groundhog), Mesoraco has posted an impressive .289/.371/.484 batting line with 36 doubles, 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 120 games this season at Triple-A Louisville. He was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and has steadily developed into one of the top young talents in the sport. Baseball America ranked him this winter as their 64th best prospect.

Manager Dusty Baker is likely to keep catchers Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan fairly active down the stretch, but Mesoraco will see a couple of random starts as the Reds try to get the youngster accustomed to life in the majors. Hanigan is signed through 2013, but Hernandez is set to become a free agent this winter.

  1. jrwoz - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Pride of Punxsy! Gonna be a great one.

  2. hittfamily - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    This guy is terrible*

    *editors note. I really wish my beloved Rays would have made an effort to land him and Alonso. They will be superstars.

  3. firemarshal1 - Aug 31, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    It’s about time. Dusty, let Alfonso play Third base. Scott Rolen is done. It’s painful to watch him swing a bat this past year. Scott’s gas tank light is on, close to empty. What’s the deal with Cozart, the Reds need a major league SS player who can actually hit better than the pictcher. It’s embarrassing to watch as a Red’s fan. Walt, start being an assertive GM. Also, acquire a player like Mike Morse to play LF. We need a left fielder that also can hit better than the starting pitcher. Please, please, oh please. The Cincinnati Reds are very close to being a top tier team, but we need a Shortstop, Third Baseman, and a Left Fielder. They don’t have to be All Stars. Put Alfonso on 3B, Cozart on SS, and get a player like Mike Morse in LF, who also play 3B. Walt Jockery work your magic. The pitching staff is already pretty good. Use the 2010 first round pick – Yonder, for trade bait with Washington, they need a catcher. Again, please do something. Also, resign Brandon, 4 yes- 32 million.

  4. metalhead65 - Aug 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    why bother? dusty will only play them agame or2 before the season

    • hittfamily - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:13 AM

      If they were pitchers, he’d throw a 2 man rotation and ruin another youngsters bright career.

  5. firemarshal1 - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Hey METALHEAD65, I 100% agree you. Toothpick manager is more worried about his managerial winning stats than the TEAM’s future. How about some of the playing calling decisions throughout the year by our wonderful toothpick manager. Let’s put in Cordero to pitch in three games in row to lose to the Milwaukee before the All-Star break. Or bunt with a batter with less than two outs, with two strikes with a baserunner on third base with than two outs. Bush league manager. How about Shortstop players, who can’t hit better than the starting pitchers.

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