Will Devin Mesoraco Ever Get His Chance?

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Hanigan makes a bare handed catch of a ball as MLB umpire Jim Reynolds looks on in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Defense

This is where Hanigan is clearly the better option. Don’t think there’s a question here, but just so you can see, I’ll have a few digits for you.

Caught stealing: Hanigan – 52% (10 SB, 11 CS), Mesoraco – 22% (25 SB, 7 CS)
Passed balls: Hanigan – 2, Mesoraco – 3
Wild Pitches: Hanigan – 17, Mesoraco – 15
Errors, throwing: Hanigan – 1, Mesoraco – 5
DRS (defensive runs saved): Hanigan – 1, Mesoraco – (-3)

Do we need more evidence here? I don’t believe so, but just so we’re clear on this, Ryan Hanigan is the best option from a defensive standpoint. The Reds do value defense in the middle of the field. That’s why Hanigan gets the nod.

Reds fans have been saying for the past couple of seasons (at least) that Hanigan doesn’t receive the defensive accolades he should. Was mentioned on here last season. That post from former staff writer Matt Gahris still gets a fair share of reads.

What should we take away from Mesoraco’s defense? Only that it needs to improve. It’s not that he’s terrible defensively, but we don’t see the prowess from him that Hanigan displays.

Maybe Hanigan has spoiled us.

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Topics: Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Ryan Hanigan

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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    So less than a week later these arguments seem outdated.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.