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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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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Top pick signed; Bruce promoted

The Reds signed No. 1 draft pick Devin Mesaraco. Mesoraco, a catcher from Punxsutawney, Pa., was the 15th pick overall in the draft.

He will report to Sarasota tomorrow. He's expected to play with Gulf Coast League Reds.

"We had a lot of predraft discussions," scouting director Chris Buckley. "But he didn't graduate high school until Friday. So he wasn't eligible to sign until then."

Mesoraco's Punxsutawney High team ended up winning the Pennsylvania state title.

Speaking of top picks, Jay Bruce is getting promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. Bruce was hitting .325 with 11 home runs, 49 RBI and 27 doubles for Single-A Sarasota. Right-hander Johnny Cueto is also going up to Chattanooga.

Dayton right-hander Sean Watson, the starter in the Midwest League All-Star game, is being moved from Dayton to Sarasota. Watson, the No. 2 pick in last year's draft, was 5-2 with 1.88 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings for the Dragons.


at 4:18 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Good news for Jay Bruce and well deserved. Louisville is next in 2008 and if all goes well Cinci in mid '08 or 2009. Same for Richie Gardner maybe sooner.

at 5:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


If Bruce does well in AA for the rest of the season, do you think he'll have a shot in spring training to make the big club in 08?

at 5:31 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I think a lot depends on if Dunn or Griffey is traded. He's about a year younger than Bailey, so I figure he'd be a similar path.

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