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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Reds pick catcher

The Reds pick Devin Mesoraco, a catcher from Punxatawney, Pa.

Read he could go as high as fourth.

He's 6-1, 195 pounds. Also played shortstop. Had "Tommy John" surgery.

From minorleaguebaseball.com: "Mesoraco has answered any questions about his arm following Tommy John surgery a year ago and is on the rise among catching prospects. He's a complete catching package, with hitting ability, power, good hands, a plus arm and outstanding leadership ability."

From baseballamerica.com: "The more players who slide out of the top 10 picks based on signability, the better for Mesoraco, who has asserted himself as a first rounder who was expected to sign quickly for slot money anywhere in the first 30 picks. He could be taken as high as No. 4 to Pittsburgh. One of most attractive assets is the balance of his game."

BA had him No. 14. The Reds picked 15th.

He was the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year. From the Gatorade release: "At the time of his selection, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior catcher was batting .467 with four home runs and 16 RBI, amassing a .632 on-base percentage and a .911 slugging percentage. He is ranked amongst Baseball America’s top 100 high school prospects, confirming his status as one of the top backstops in the nation. . . Mesoraco has maintained a 3.61 GPA in the classroom."


at 3:42 PM Blogger Dan H said...

From early reports and listening to ESPN coverage it appears the Reds made agood pick,especially knowing there catching depth is thin. John, any significance to Shackelford being dropped from the 40 man roster?

at 4:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the Reds are about to acquire the 2nd player from Oakland from the Denorfia trade.

at 5:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we could get Justin Germano back. He's 4-0 with the Padres with a 1.74 ERA. Or perhaps Dustin Moseley who's 4-0 for the Angels with an ERA of 1.93. Both would look pretty good in our rotation or bullpen, no? John, how about a story on some of the disastrous trades we've made to 1) acquire pitching; 2) trade young starters like this for veteran stiffs like Cormier and Ramon Ortiz.

at 6:32 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Really miserable draft choice when this teams needs are entirely on the mound!

at 6:41 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Yeah, they should have taken Ty Howington or Chris Gruler instead. Drafting for need in the baseball draft isn't the way to go. I have no idea how Mesoraco will turn, but to call it "a really miserable choice" is going a little far. If the kid's the next Johnny Bench, would you still be saying they should have taken a pitcher?

at 7:00 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

He's not going to be the next Bench and drafting for need works fine in Baseball, where do you come up with this stuff? An organization with a weak Pitching-development record in their minor league system must draft pitchers. You know, there are only so many Lopezes and Kearns we can give away for "stars" cough cough cough. It was ridiculous for the Reds not to draft a pitcher at #1.

at 7:12 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

A 3.61 GPA is what doesn't matter in Baseball drafts! And a "complete package" would steal bases like Martin of the Dodgers. MessoRedsco blew it again. Unless baseball genius BC is going to smuggle some Cubans into Ohio, where will our young pitching talent come from? Are the Reds really run by The Family Guy? It's getting pretty funny.

If our minor league system was so for good developing pitchers why'd we have to get rid of Felipe Lo Oh, I forgot, if a hitter slumps for a year we trade him for a bum who can't pitch but if a pitcher slumps for 2 years we keep giving him chances and sometimes a big pay raise, and then there's the 15 days on the DL for a three-day tummy ache, and days off for the sniffles or God forbid you've played 20 straight games in one of the least physically demanding sports ever invented.

Please! Wake up will you (BC)?

at 7:24 PM Blogger cincikid said...

Yes, John

Justin is one of the most negative posters on here. Oh' if Justin was the GM for the day!. He will complain about every draft pick, move the Reds will ever make. It wouldn't matter if we had the best record in baseball, the guy is truely not a true fan of the Reds nor the game.

Justin I heard Tampa Bay looking for afew fans. Why don't you go on there website and post your hindsight, incomplete, and utterly ridiculous thoughts and comments over there.

at 7:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lopez is hitting a robust .243 with 3 HRs and was just pulled from a game for not running out a ground ball.

Kearns is hitting a mighty .253 with only 5 HRs.

Wagner just had season-ending surgery.

We traded junk for junk, now get over it.

The Reds picking the best player in the draft is fine with me. It's not like Ross and Valentin are tearing it up. Sometimes I think they're the second coming of Alan Knicely and Brad Gulden.

at 8:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like Justin rode the little yellow bus all the way to his computer - you don't draft for need in baseball because it takes 3 to 5 years to develop a player to get to the bigs and who knows what your needs will be then (duh). Therefore, you draft the best guy available. Obviously the Reds need pitching, but drafting a pitcher in the 1st round hasn't exactly been a recipe for success has it? Note that the Reds' 2 best pitchers were acquired in trades for outfielders (see Harang for Guillen and Arroyo for Wily Mo).

at 10:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somewhere, David Ross is breaking into a cold sweat.

Excellent pick. Love it.

at 10:43 PM Blogger UncleGreg said...

Catcher is a historically thin position, which is why it's the fastest way to the majors and to the draft. That said, does that mean there were more talented players available that we passed on due to drafting for need? John, I see your point about Gruler and Howington (I'm still in physical pain over both), but I think drafting a catcher was thinking along the same lines. And, for every Bench there are 20 of Dave Van Gorder, Dan Bilardello, Vic Correll, Brad Gulden, and Alan Knicely. That said, I'm okay with the pick. You gotta take somebody.
Cary, NC

at 11:13 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Hey Fernandez take a look at some of the pitching depth in the Reds minors compared to the catching depth. Taking Mesarco was a good move. Most every player drafted has no guarantee of making the majors. Just take a look at any organizations minor league system for the past 5 years and see how many make it. Not too many! With that said I feel Krivsky and crew are building for the future. Take a look at both "A" teams Sarasota and Dayton are dominating their leagues. I think it bodes well for the future. Patient and stay the course starting in 2009 this organization will be contending again,finally!

at 12:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, no matter how you slice it - it's a crap shoot. You can moan all you want about how we could've had Derek Jeter instead of picking "can't miss" prospect Chad Mottola but in the end with injuries and the talent progression you roll the dice and pray. Now that said, how bout' some cool groundhog references - we got a kid from Punxatawney after all!!!!

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