Will Devin Mesoraco Ever Get His Chance?

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Mesoraco hits a two run home run during the eleventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Offense

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.

A little.

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  • Joe Sedlock

    So less than a week later these arguments seem outdated. Finally given consistent playing time, Mes found a groove. A .387/.424/.677 14 day stretch is just the type of offense that should put this Mes or Hanigan debate to bed. Yes, Hanigan is an excellent defender, better than Mes ever will be. Mes will win you games with his bat. Alas the love affair Dusty has with Hani will force Mes back into a part time role and we’ll play half our games with 7 MLB hitters in our lineup. In my opinion, Hanigan can teach Mes from the bench, let him mentor. Give him every 4th start. We have a power hitting, run producing player wasting on our bench. Our starting pitching isn’t a weakness. We need runs. Let the kid hit.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      This could actually be what the organization and even Dusty has been waiting to see from Mes. With Hanigan needing more time to heal, Mesoraco needs to keep the pedal to the floor.