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Top 50 Prospects: #17- Devin Mesoraco

#17 Devin Mesoraco

Cincinnati Reds

DOB: 6/19/1988

Previous Rank: 27

ETA: 2011

It’s hard to believe that a guy like Yasmani Grandal could somehow become dispensable (not to mention Yonder Alonso), but that is exactly what happened when the Reds sent both guys to San Diego for Mat Latos.  The primary reasons that deal makes sense for the Reds is No. 1: Joey Votto, and No: 2, Devin Mesoraco.

Mesoraco slashed .289/.371/.484 for Louisville and then was called up for 50 at-bats with Cincinnati.  He went deep 15 times in Triple-A, walks at a decent clip, and projects for way more power than he currently displays.  Perhaps even more important, though, is that Mesoraco possesses the tools to be an average catcher in the Show.  He is an average receiver as well as thrower, and should be the Opening Day starter for the Reds in 2012 , hitting in the middle of the order by 2014 alongside Jay Bruce and Votto.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev G PA AB 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA
2007 19 Reds GULF Rk 40 155 137 4 0 1 8 2 0 .219
2008 20 Dayton MIDW A 83 334 306 13 1 9 42 2 3 .261
2009 21 Sarasota FLOR A+ 92 357 312 22 1 8 37 0 1 .228
2010 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs AA-A+-AAA 113 451 397 25 5 26 75 3 3 .302
2010 22 Lynchburg CARL A+ 43 181 158 11 2 10 31 2 2 .335
2010 22 Carolina SOUL AA 56 212 187 11 3 13 31 1 0 .294
2010 22 Louisville IL AAA 14 58 52 3 0 3 13 0 1 .231
2011 23 Louisville IL AAA 120 499 436 36 2 15 71 1 1 .289
5 Seasons 448 1796 1588 100 9 59 233 8 8 .269
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 134 557 488 39 2 18 84 1 2 .283
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 135 538 470 33 3 18 68 2 3 .264
A (1 season) A 83 334 306 13 1 9 42 2 3 .261
AA (1 season) AA 56 212 187 11 3 13 31 1 0 .294
Rk (1 season) Rk 40 155 137 4 0 1 8 2 0 .219
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Generated 1/2/2012.
Year Age Tm Lg Lev G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2007 19 Reds GULF Rk 40 137 1 8 15 26 .219 .310 .270 .580 37
2008 20 Dayton MIDW A 83 306 9 42 20 64 .261 .311 .399 .710 122
2009 21 Sarasota FLOR A+ 92 312 8 37 35 76 .228 .311 .381 .692 119
2010 22 3 Teams 3 Lgs AA-A+-AAA 113 397 26 75 43 80 .302 .377 .587 .964 233
2010 22 Lynchburg CARL A+ 43 158 10 31 19 29 .335 .414 .620 1.035 98
2010 22 Carolina SOUL AA 56 187 13 31 18 37 .294 .363 .594 .957 111
2010 22 Louisville IL AAA 14 52 3 13 6 14 .231 .310 .462 .772 24
2011 23 Louisville IL AAA 120 436 15 71 52 83 .289 .371 .484 .855 211
5 Seasons 448 1588 59 233 165 329 .269 .344 .455 .799 722
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 134 488 18 84 58 97 .283 .364 .482 .846 235
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 135 470 18 68 54 105 .264 .346 .462 .807 217
A (1 season) A 83 306 9 42 20 64 .261 .311 .399 .710 122
AA (1 season) AA 56 187 13 31 18 37 .294 .363 .594 .957 111
Rk (1 season) Rk 40 137 1 8 15 26 .219 .310 .270 .580 37
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Generated 1/2/2012.
Year Age Tm G PA AB 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2007 19 CIN-min 40 155 137 4 1 8 15 26 .219 .310 .270 .580 37
2008 20 CIN-min 83 334 306 13 9 42 20 64 .261 .311 .399 .710 122
2009 21 CIN-min 92 357 312 22 8 37 35 76 .228 .311 .381 .692 119
2010 22 CIN-min 113 451 397 25 26 75 43 80 .302 .377 .587 .964 233
2011 23 CIN-min 120 499 436 36 15 71 52 83 .289 .371 .484 .855 211
2011 23 CIN 18 53 50 3 2 6 3 10 .180 .226 .360 .586 18
1 Season 18 53 50 3 2 6 3 10 .180 .226 .360 .586 18
162 Game Avg. 162 477 450 27 18 54 27 90 .180 .226 .360 .586 162
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/2/2012.

Grandal is built like a brick wall, so it’s tough for him to get his 220-pound frame moving.  That is just about the only knock on him, though. Devin Mesoraco is one of the finest hitting prospects in the game, and he does an average job on the other side of the ball at a premium position.


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