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LOUISVILLE â Punxsutawney Area High School graduate Devin Mesoraco received the call every Little League baseball player dreams of Wednesday afternoon: Heâs been called up to the Major Leagues.
According to family sources, Mesoraco was in Louisville preparing for the Cincinnati Redsâ AAA-affiliate Batsâ game Wednesday when he received news that he wouldnât be playing Wednesday night, and heâd be officially called up for Cincinnatiâs 12:30 p.m. contest against the Philadelphia Phillies today in Cincinnati.
There was some speculation that Mesoraco might play in todayâs game, after being given Wednesday night off, but those reports could not be confirmed.
Mesoraco was not on the teamâs 40-man roster throughout the season, but the Reds are expected to make a roster move to make room for him when he is called up.
Mesoraco, 23, was named Cincinnatiâs Minor League Player of the Year in 2010, after hitting .302 with 26 home runs between Cincinnatiâs AA-affiliate Carolina Mudcats and the Bats, and after hitting .289 in 120 games for Louisville this season, with 36 doubles and 15 home runs, many in Cincinnati are looking forward to seeing what their future catcher is made of.
In a report by MLB.comâs Mark Sheldon, Redsâ general manager Walt Jocketty, who declined to confirm Tuesday if Mesoraco would be among the Sept. 1 call-ups, said Wednesday after word leaked that Mesoraco would be called up, âObviously, heâs a guy weâre going to protect. Itâs a chance for him to get some exposure and get used to seeing what itâs like in the big leagues. Weâll see what he can learn this last month of the season.â
Cincinnati may have seen Mesoraco sooner had it not been for the depth its big league club had at catcher this season with veterans Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan already on the roster, but Mesoraco had a good attitude about it all along.
He said in an interview with The Spirit in July, âI couldnât be any happier with the organization and the way things are going so far. Iâll get my time, and Iâm just working hard to be ready for whenever my number is called.â
Mr. Mesoraco, that time is now.