Devin Mesoraco

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Devin Mesoraco
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Devin Mesoraco catching in Philadelphia on 2012-08-20
Cincinnati Reds – No. 39
Catcher
Born: (1988-06-19) June 19, 1988 (age 26)
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2011 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through June 26, 2014)
Batting average .246
Home runs 30
Runs batted in 102
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Devin Douglas Mesoraco (born June 19, 1988) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early life[edit]

Mesoraco was born on June 19, 1988, in DuBois, Pennsylvania, the son of Laura and Doug Mesoraco.[1] He resides in Lakeland, Florida.

High school[edit]

Mesoraco attended Punxsutawney Area High School in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where he was a catcher for the Chucks baseball team. He set school records in walks, runs, hits, doubles, home runs and stolen bases.[2] He was named the 2007 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year. In that same year, he helped the Chucks win the PIAA Class AAA State Championship played at Peoples Natural Gas Field, home of the Altoona Curve.

Professional baseball[edit]

Mesoraco playing for the Louisville Bats

Mesoraco was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds with the 15th overall pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Mesoraco is widely known by Reds fans as "The Groundhog" from Punxsutawney. He is only the third catcher taken by the Reds with their first pick.[citation needed] He played 40 games for the rookie class Gulf Coast League Reds, hitting .219 in 137 at-bats.

He spent 2008 with the single-A Dayton Dragons. Mesoraco hit .261 with nine homers and 42 RBI in 306 at-bats. He hit a grand slam on July 10 and had a two-homer game on July 21. He also had a four-hit game on August 15.

Mesoraco was invited to big league camp in 2009. However, 2009 was a low point in his career statistically. He hit .228 with eight homers and 37 RBI in 312 at-bats for the single-A advanced Sarasota Reds.

Mesoraco started 2010 with the single-A advanced Lynchburg Hillcats. He hit .355 in 43 games before being promoted to double-A Carolina. He hit .294 in 56 games for the Mudcats, and was again promoted, this time to the triple-A Louisville Bats. He was 12-for-52 in 14 games for the Bats. Mesoraco finished the season with a combined 25 doubles, 26 home runs, and 75 RBI. He earned a trip to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .242 with two homers and 11 RBI.[citation needed]

Many thought Mesoraco would be added to the 40-man roster following the 2010 season, but the Reds re-signed Ramon Hernandez, and Mesoraco was left off.[citation needed]

Prior to the 2012 season, Mesoraco was ranked as the top prospect in the Reds organization according to Baseball America.[3] That same year, he was also ranked by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com as the 14th best prospect in Baseball.[4]

He was added to the 40-man roster, played in the 2011 Major League Baseball Futures Game, and called up as a September call-up for the Reds in 2011.[5]

On July 30, 2012, Mesoraco was ejected from a game against the San Diego Padres for arguing with umpire Chad Fairchild. Mesoraco then proceeded to bump the umpire.[6] He would return to the lineup the next night but left during the game due to dizziness from being overheated. He was placed on the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion the next day.[7] Mesoraco also received a three-game suspension,[8] which was reduced to two games upon appeal.[9]

Landing on the disabled list twice in the early part of the 2014 season, through June 4 Mesoraco was batting .294[10] but had yet to amass a sufficient number of at-bats to be listed among Major League Baseball's leaders in the category.[11] Mesoraco was named to play for the NL in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in front of Buster Posey .

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mesoraco's mother pivotal in his journey to bigs". MLB.com. May 11, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Devin Mesoraco Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". MiLB.com. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Prospects: Rankings: Organization Top 10 Prospects: 2012 Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects". BaseballAmerica.com. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  4. ^ Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | Top Prospects: Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds – Video | MLB.com: Multimedia. Mlb.mlb.com (2012-01-19). Retrieved on 2012-04-16.
  5. ^ Mesoraco set for September callup by Reds | reds.com: News. Cincinnati.reds.mlb.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-16.
  6. ^ Devin Mesoraco bumps ump ESPN.com. Retrieved July 31, 2012
  7. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120801&content_id=35947972&vkey=news_cin&c_id=cin
  8. ^ Snyder, Matt. Devin Mesoraco suspended three games for making contact with umpire; files appeal cbssports.com. Retrieved August 2, 2012
  9. ^ Sheldon, Mark (August 21, 2012). "Mesoraco's suspension reduced to two games". MLB.com. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Devin Mesoraco 39 C". MLB.com. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ [1]

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