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The Devin Inside
Catchers are one of the most Shallow Hal positions in fantasy baseball, so owners are always trying to get a leg up by finding the young prospects that can make a splurge on their fantasy squad. Devin Mesoraco could be one of those guys. He tore up the minor leagues with a .300 average and hit 48 home runs in his last 2 seasons of farm.
When he was brought in 2011 he failed to impress with a .180 average, but this was only with 50 at bats. Obviously, too small a sample to pass judgment as he had a .184 BABIP which makes us much more comfortable tossing out those numbers.
Devin will be with the Reds to start the season and although there are concerns that Ryan Hannigan will be the ‘starter’ we should see Mesoraco get enough at bats to do damage. Cincinnati is a park where homers fly out of the park, so hitting close to 20 homers is not out of the question. He will have to figure out major league pitching to do so, but the upside is there.
If he can make contact with the ball he should get to a BA of around .260-,265, which is not too shabby for a catcher. That coupled with the possible home run numbers and we have a nice little sleeper here.
Devin Mesoraco won’t cost you much and could have a big impact if he adapts to major league hitting early in the season. There is no risk to take if he underwhelms early and you have to move on him.
2012 Projections: .260 BA, 16 HRs, 63 RBIs, 52 Runs, 2 SB
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