It wasn't too long ago when catcher Devin Mesoraco was heralded as the undisputed top prospect in Cincinnati's system. In fact, it was less than one year ago. Now, speedster Billy Hamilton holds that title after swiping more bases in 2012 than you can shake a stick at (155 to be exact).
Expectations were high for Mesoraco entering his rookie season. Many even dubbed him as a serious contender to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award in the preseason. But the former first round pick never could quite get going in '12. He wound up playing in just 54 games and posting a .212/.288/.352 line after a suspension and struggles on the field led to a late-season demotion.
But the good news for Mesoraco is that 2013 brings the opportunity for a clean slate. And at least one baseball writer believes the 24-year-old could be primed for a big individual year. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated's Hit and Run recently included Mez among his candidates to go "boom" in 2013.
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