Reds minor league catcher Devin Mesoraco was in the running for Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.

Baseball America has posted a discussion about how they reached their decisions. They say that Mesoraco was in the top ten and merited some serious discussion for their final three. Baseball America says that Mesoraco had the most surprising season of any prospect in 2010.

We’ve discussed Mesoraco’s 2010 transformation before at Redleg Nation, and Baseball America has taken note, too, as has expert minor league analyst John Sickels. Mesoraco even appeared on a Redleg Nation Radio broadcast. Across three different leagues (and levels) in 2010, Mesoraco has batted .302 with 26 homers, 75 RBI, and a 964 OPS. His previous highs were .261, nine homers, 42 RBI, and a 710 OPS. Mesoraco’s caught stealing percentage is also at a career high of 41%, besting his previous high of 30%

Rays’ pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was named the Minor League Player of the Year for 2010. The Reds’ Jay Bruce was the winner in 2007.