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MESORACO WATCH

August 12, 2011

Baseball is a game of slumps and streaks, and unfortunately for hometown catcher and Cincinnati Reds prospect Devin Mesoraco, the past week has been of the slump variety.

Mesoraco played in six games this week and managed just two hits in 19 at-bats.

Both the hits were home runs, though, including one against the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA-affiliate Indianapolis Indians Friday. The other came in Wednesday's game against the Toledo Mudhens.

But even with his instant offense, Mesoraco's Bats fell short in both games.

Despite his struggles at the plate this week, though, Mesoraco remains on the wish-list for Reds' fans and comes with high regards from baseball analysts familiar with his skills.

Just this week, Steve Engbloom, author of the Red Machine blog about all things related to the Cincinnati Reds, wrote a blog about whether Mesoraco should have been deemed "untouchable" in the trade market this year, as it was reported by ESPN's Buster Olney that he was.

In the blog, Engbloom quoted Nathanial Stoltz, who writes for a Minor League Baseball talent evaluation Web site called FanSided.

Stoltz said Mesoraco has "proven himself quite thoroughly in Triple-A and is just biding his time until he gets called up. There isn't a single better catching prospect in baseball, and you don't give up the best anything in baseball for all but the most prized of commodities."

The time just may be right for Mesoraco's call-up, but the Reds, who were flirting with making a playoff run until the Milwaukee Brewers recently moved ten games ahead in the standings, are very deep at the catching position.

The Reds reportedly held on to their two veteran catchers at the trade deadline because they weren't certain a rookie catcher would be prepared to make the push.

But with the odds of a playoff run slipping away, the Reds may soon be thinking about calling up their star catching prospect, a move that is being awaited by many in Punxsutawney.

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