The New York Mets may have had a steal when they acquired Devin Mesoraco for the struggling Matt Harvey. After receiving little to no contributions from their catchers, the Mets hope Mesoraco can return to his all-star form.
The Cincinnati Reds drafted Mesoraco out of high school in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Draft. After five years in the minor leagues, he earned the top spot on the Reds prospect list. In 2011 he was called up, but struggled in only 50 at-bats where he recorded recorded five hits.
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The following year he earned a spot on the Reds roster as a backup to Ryan Hanigan. Mesoraco only hit .212 with five home runs and only made one error in 53 games. 2012 started a trend for Mesoraco as he missed time due to a concussion he suffered. In 2013, he earned more playing time and saw his production increase. He hit .238 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs.
Mesoraco’s All-Star Season:
2014 was a breakout year for Mesoraco and one of the only years he remained healthy. After starting the season injured, he rebounded to become an all-star for the only time in his career. He finished the year with 25 home runs and 80 RBI along with leading all major league catchers in home runs and slugging percentage.
He signed a four year, $28 million deal in the offseason but never lived up to the money. Over the 2015-16 season, he only played in 39 games due to hip and shoulder injuries. Last season the Reds felt confident in Tucker Barnhart as the team’s everyday catcher and relegated Mesoraco to the bench. He played in 56 games and had a .213 average but said he felt healthy for the first time in a while.
After playing in 18 games and hitting .210 the Reds decided to eat the rest of his contract and send him to the Mets for Matt Harvey with the Mets eating the rest of his contract. Both players were not close to meeting expectation and seems to outstay their welcome with their respective teams.
The Mets desperately needed catcher help and the Reds are going nowhere and decided to take a shot in the dark with the former Dark Knight. Mesoraco is certainly an upgrade to Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton and will likely see a bulk of the playing time until Kevin Plawecki returns.