This isn’t exactly the prettiest portion of this post, so I’ll get it out of the way first.
Look at how the Reds catchers (including Corky Miller) have produced this season. You almost blush. Might want to turn your head away, but here are the numbers: .203/.297/.286, 5 HR, 32 RBI.
Those 32 RBI are third lowest in the NL. Odd that the Chicago Cubs (where Navarro plays these days) and the San Diego Padres (Grandal’s new home) are below the Reds with 30 RBI. The home runs, batting average and slugging percentage are all at the bottom of the NL in each respective category.
The NL averages for the position: .248/.314/.391, 10 HR, 44 RBI.
So if you simply compare the overall offensive numbers between Mes and Hani, it should be a no-brainer…
Mesoraco: .234/.308/.345, 4 HR, 20 RBI
Hanigan: .193/.293/.276, 2 HR, 14 RBI
And both have primarily hit from the 8th spot in the lineup.
And before you say, well, the 4 homers from Mes and the pair from Hanigan make 6, one of Mesoraco’s home runs cam in a pinch-hitting role. You remember. That game-tying blast off Craig Kimbrel.
Still, the offensive output does favor Mesoraco as his tripe slash is at least approaching league average.
Hanigan does have better plate discipline. He in the only Reds player to have more walks (19) than strikeouts (18). According to Fangraphs, Hanigan swings at pitches outside the zone 23.7% of the time, while Mes will on 29.4% of the occasion.
And Hanigan contact rates are better by almost 10%, but Mesoraco sees far less pitches in the zone. Make of that what you will.
I know, Hanigan’s been hurt, and his contact rate is among the best on the roster, but Mes has made a little better of his time.