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Updating the All-Time Reds List: Devin Mesoraco

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In which a mythical creature is sighted, allegedly.

Here's where I make the same joke as I did about Homer Bailey
Here's where I make the same joke as I did about Homer Bailey
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Here is, in chronological order, the oWAR (offensive wins above replacement) for Devin Mesoraco, starting in 2011: -0.1, -0.0, 0.2, 4.6, -0.2, -0.4.

Which one of those strikes you as an outlier?

Of particular and current concern is how Mesoraco can recover from shoulder and hip surgeries undergone in 2016, on the heels of his 2015 hip surgery.

Previously thought of as a power-hitting catcher, we need to reset definitions.  Mesoraco's last home run in competition came on September 23, 2014.  With two hip surgeries under his belt, he may not even qualify as a catcher anymore.

Wait and see is the only option, as there's little point in trying to predict or project what comes next for a player who owns both what is arguably the best hitting season as a catcher in Reds history, as well as just 15 hits in the last two years.

Mesoraco has played in 328 games for the Reds, hitting .237/.308/.410 (96 OPS+) with 41 HR and 145 RBI.  He slips down the list from #203 to #209 after his injury-shortened 2016 campaign.