Mesoraco is expected to occupy the area
behind home plate for many years to
come in the Queen City
It's not often that an organization boasts a catcher as its top prospect, but that's exactly the case for the Reds with Devin Mesoraco. In fact, MLB.com rated the 23-year old as the second-best catching prospect in all of baseball and no. 14 overall in their 2012 Prospect Watch rankings. All of this adds up to lofty expectations for the youngster as he prepares for his first full season in the bigs.
The former first round pick got his first taste of the majors at the tailend of last season, but struggled in the 50 at-bats he received (.180 BA, .226 OBP, 10 Ks). However, that small sample size should in no way suggest that he's offensively challenged. The no. 16 rated prospect by Baseball America batted .289/.371/.484 with 15 HR, 71 RBIs and a staggering 36 doubles in 499 plate appearances in Triple-A last season. Can he carry over that success to the big show in 2012?
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