You have to love the sight of Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco swinging the bat free and easy. More of this, please.

Now I want to see some footage of Mesoraco doing catching drills.

13 Responses

  1. Eddie

    Makes me want to go to a batting cage. Go Reds!

  2. jazzmanbbfan

    I want to be optimistic but with pretty much two full years away from facing live ML pitching, it could be a challenge to get his swing and timing back in order. Then again, the optimist in me says “that’s what Spring Training is for”.

  3. Jason Linden

    The most encouraging thing to me has been the tone of the organizational people talking about Devin vs. how they were talking about Homer. It was pretty clear they didn’t really believe Homer was going to be ready to come back, but with Devin, the tone is very optimistic.

  4. David

    Devin is a hard charging, hard working guy. I am sure he did everything he was asked and then some during his re-hab from surgery. I hope they hold him back, and don’t let him do too much, too soon. Let him build up his game strength and game endurance gradually. I don’t want to see his shoulder, in particular, injured again. Not expecting much, but hope for the best. He’s a great young guy.

  5. reaganspad

    I really do not want to see footage of Meso behind the plate. That will or will not, come.

    I want to see him in RF taking fly balls and learning to hit the cut off man.

    Catching him 3 days a week is a waste…. kind of like catching Joey Votto

    We need him HITTING 5-6 days per week

    • big5ed

      I said this at the end of 2014. Never understood why he wasn’t moved to left field then. Got a good arm; pretty fast for a catcher; too good a bat to play part-time at catcher, when he had an injury history.

      Alas.

  6. JB WV

    IF he can stay healthy and regain his swing…Can make a nice catching duo with Barnhart, sub in LF from time to time, and DH for all the AL games away. Any positive contribution at this point will be more than welcome. And Cossack, comparing the fear factor between Meso and Votto for opposing pitchers is, well, a little vodka-laced.

  7. Vandy

    sadly, you have to consider a player injured until they “prove” they are fully healthy. to do otherwise just sets yourself up for letdowns. same concept applies to Homer Bailey.

    • JB WV

      Agree, but hoping that at still a relatively young age Devo can bounce back. I think the Reds are very sensitive about what his workload will be.

  8. Adam M. Singhoff

    Would be really nice seeing him catching half the games. If he can come close to a 350 obp, it will be a huge benefit to a Reds lineup that desperately needs players on the basepaths.

  9. Gaffer

    Which Devon, the one who had sub 80 OPS for 3 plus years or the one who had one huge stretch for 3 months?

  10. Nick Doran

    Devin looks like he has lost some weight. His swing looked sort of tentative, like he was testing out his shoulder. He wasn’t putting his whole body in the swing. Early days of Spring. No need to go full bore just yet.

    • Michael E

      I thought it looked more like he was focusing on mechanics and the swing. Notice he doesn’t watch the ball after he hits it, he wants the next pitch. I didn’t see anything abnormal for early spring BP.