#27 Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds
With at least 50 AB’s at three different levels in 2010, the 220-pound rock named Devin Mesoraco had a season to remember that concluded with the Arizona Fall League. Mesoraco’s total line between three levels read .302/.377/.587 with 26 bombs and an 80:43 K:BB. He basically raked and has the ability to stay behind the plate. The Reds also have former Miami Hurricanes catcher, Yasmani Grandal, in the low Minors, so Mesoraco may end up sliding to a corner spot in Cincinnati.
As a former 1st-rounder, Mesoraco is very toolsy and has insane thump at the plate. He enters 2011 as the likely Triple-A catcher and probably will at least receive a cup or two by the end of the season. However, management of a Big League rotation is a challenge and typically begins well before the spring. As a result, I find it very unlikely that Mesoraco won’t still be a rookie in 2012.
He has a 60 arm from behind the dish, and, despite not having Big League feet, probably can catch for at least most of the decade. He receives rave reviews for his leadership abilities and other intangibles, although we at the Sombrero generally prefer to evaluate the concrete. Because he did not put it all together until last year, a great deal of scouts wrote Mesoraco off, but we are believers and consider Mesoraco the best position prospect in the Reds’ organization.