Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco had one of the best opening weeks of his minor league career with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .320 with three home runs and eight RBIs through eight games.
Mesoraco, who plays for the Class AAA Louisville Bats, hit solo home runs during his first, fourth and sixth games before registering a five-RBI performance during his seventh game Wednesday.
Tuesday, the slugger hit his third home run of the season in walk-off fashion to push the Bats past the Columbus Clippers, 5-4. He smashed the first pitch he saw over the center-field fence for more than 400 feet.
Last Thursday, Mesoraco was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the season-opener. After hitting 1-for-7 during the next two games, he was 1-for-3 with a home run Sunday.
The catcher batted just three times during Tuesday's doubleheader. He was 0-for-2 with a walk during the first game and hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run in the second game.
Wednesday, the 2007 first-round pick went 2-for-5 with five RBIs, driving home two runners in the first inning with a single and three in the ninth inning with a double during a 10-4 victory.
Thursday, he was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Of Mesoraco's eight hits, six are for extra bases, with three home runs and three doubles, both highs on the team. His eight RBIs are also a team best.
The Bats are the hottest team in the International League. They have started the season with an 8-1 record and have won eight-straight games.
Louisville completed a three-game series at Indianapolis — the Pirates' Class AAA affiliate — Friday and will now host the Indians (1-8) today, Sunday and Monday before heading on a seven-game road trip in Columbus and Toledo.
Mesoraco had his first game off this season Friday.
As far as league statistics go, Mesoraco is tied for second in home runs, tied for third in total bases and fourth in RBIs and slugging percentage.