Cincinnati Reds: Catcher Devin Mesoraco Off To A Hot Start


After trading Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason, the Cincinnati Reds have given catcher Devin Mesoraco the starting job entering the 2014 season.

Mesoraco was activated from the disabled list about a week ago, and in just six games, he has hit three home runs. He is currently batting .500 with nine RBI.

Many people may have forgotten that entering the 2011 season, Mesoraco was seen as a top prospect at his respective position. He was projected to be one of the dominant catchers in the majors, but his potential diminished quickly because of his old manager, Dusty Baker.

While in the majors, Mesoraco has played alongside Ryan Hanigan and Ramon Hernandez in 2011. Baker had his catchers split playing time, limiting Mesoraco to just 175 games from 2011-2013. However, in 2014, the 25-year-old will play frequently, not sharing time with other catchers.

So far in 2014, Mesoraco has hit a third of his 2013 home run totals in 97 less games. Last year, he batted .238 with 42 RBI and 13 doubles. He is off to a great start and may pass his last year totals within the first couple of months in the 2014 season.

Mesoraco is an extremely undervalued and under-owned player, as he is owned in just 22.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy leagues.

He has the potential to be a top ten catcher in the majors by the end of the year, and should be added in all NL-only Leagues and deeper mixed leagues.

In shallower leagues, Mesoraco should be considered if not added as well. By the end of the year, he could hit around 25 homers and 100 RBI, saying the Reds become playoff contenders.

It is unsurprising if Mesoraco becomes a top catcher like he was predicted to a couple years ago. But, there are still questions on whether or not he finishes the year as strong as he started.

I'm taking Mesoraco over: Yan Gomes, Miguel Montero, Jason Castro, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia

I'm not taking Mesoraco over: Wilin Rosario and Evan Gattis

Charlie DiSturco is a 17-year-old Sports Writer who is trying to make a career in sports. You can see his work on RotoExperts, The Inscriber, and The Jet Press. Follow him on Twitter @DisturcoCharlie

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