Question of the day: So what kind of expectations do you guys have for Devin Mesoraco? We selected him first in last year's draft, as a catcher out of Punxsutawney High School in Pennsylvania. He vaulted into the first round, and most people think he was drafted too high (out of our need for organizational depth at catcher.) He's said to be incredibly athletic, though he struggled in the Gulf Coast League last season with two bum thumbs. I expect a modest season for Devin in Dayton this year, OPSing about .750 with 8 or 9 homers in 300 ABs. He might not really flourish until next season.
Triple-A: Jay Bruce was 4 for 5 with 2 runs and Andy Phillips homered as Louisville beat Norfolk 8-4. Paul Janish was 2 for 4, Matt Maloney allowed just 2 runs in seven innings (but only struck out 2) and Bill Bray got touched up, allowing 2 runs and getting just 1 out. (He allowed his first three batters to get on, and Todd Coffey promptly let 2 of them score.) Bruce's batting average is up to .320. UP NEXT: Finale at Norfolk, 12:15 today.
Double-A: Daryl Thompson took one on the chin, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings as Chattanooga lost to Tennessee 15-7. Thompson struck out 2 and allowed 5 hits, 2 walks and a homer, but he was still in line for the win when he left the game. He also doubled. Chris Valaika, who was promoted from Sarasota, did not play. UP NEXT: Game 4 vs. Tennessee, 7:15 tonight.
Low A: In what was expected to be Devin Mesoraco's 2008 debut, the Dragons rained out, and the game will not be made up. Sorry. Go home. UP NEXT: New series vs. Great Lakes, 7 tonight. Matt Klinker (2-1, 2.49) throws for the Drags.