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Mesoraco makes Reds’ roster as backup catcher; some say best since Johnny Bench


Reds top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco ( photo)

When the Cincinnati Reds drafted catching sensation Devin Mesoraco as the 15th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, he has been the organization’s top prospect at that position.

There has been some pressure on Mesoraco as he has been dubbed as the “next” Johnny Bench.

There is no doubt that he is the most ballyhooed catching prospect since Bench’s debut in 1967. Bench retired in 1983 and there has only been one All-Star catcher for the Reds and that was Bo Diaz in 1987.

Since 1983, the Reds have had some solid catchers in Benito Santiago, Joe Oliver, Jason LaRue and current starter Ryan Hanigan. But none of these players had the talents of the Hall of Famer Bench. Mesoraco is a good hitter like Bench and MLB scouts feel that his defensive skills will come along to be in line with Bench.

The 23-year-old from Pennsylvania the past two years have hit 41 homers and knocked home 146 runs. Which made the Reds decision to let Ramon Hernandez go into free agency after the 2011 season.

Mesoraco only hit .180 in his September call-up with 2 homers and 6 RBI’s, but the team saw enough of him in the minors to know as he gets used to the pitchers in the majors, he’ll eventually hit.

The Reds say they just want the 2012 Rookie of the Year candidate to focus on defense, handle the pitching staff and things will fall into place.

Newark native Holland fires four-hit shutout against Blue Jays


Derek Holland (file photo)

Newark, Ohio native Derek Holland in a recent start, allowed only four hits as he shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 for his fourth straight win and fourth shutout for the Texas Rangers.

Holland is a graduate of Wallace Community College and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round of the MLB draft in 2006.

Holland, a left-hander, with a 10-4 record, reached double digits in wins for the first time in the major leagues. Doc Medich, in 1981, was the last Rangers pitcher with four shutouts.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Texas Rangers news

Jim Thome joins the 600 club in home runs


Jim Thome (file photo)

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome became the eighth Major League Baseball player to hit 600 home runs when he reached the coveted milestone on Wednesday night by hitting two at Detroit’s Comerica Park against the Tigers.

He belted a 2-run homer in the sixth inning for career #599.

He came back in the seventh and clubbed a 2-1 pitch from the Tigers Daniel Schlereth for a 3-run homer. Thome was met at home plate by his teammates and family members.

The Twins beat the Tigers 9-6.


762 – Barry Bonds

755 – Hank Aaron

714 – Babe Ruth

660 – Willie Mays

630 – Ken Griffey Jr.

626 – Alex Rodriguez

609 – Sammy Sosa

600 – Jim Thome

Thome began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. He has also played for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers before winding up with the Twins.

The lef-handed hitting slugger was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.


Info compiled from MLB, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news

Indians sign top picks Lindor, Howard before deadline


(courtesy of clipart from OCAL)

The August 15 deadline to sign players selected in the 2011 MLB draft who have college eligibility remaining has come and gone and the Cleveland Indians have signed their top two picks.

The Tribe have signed shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-hander Dillon Howard.

Lindor, the first-round pick, who had committed to play for the Florida State Seminoles, was the eighth overall pick in the recent draft. The 17-year-old batted .528 (28-53) with six homers, 13 RBI’s and 20 steals in 21 attempts. A switch-hitter, moved to the United States from Puerto Rico when he was 12. He currently is from Clermont, Florida.

The second-round pick, Howard, who is 19, was pick with the 67th overall pick. Howard had a record of 9-1 with an 0.31 ERA in 12 starts for Searcy, Arkansas High School. The 6’4, 210-pounder received a signing bonus of $1.85 million from the Indians.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians news

Dublin Jerome product King drafted by Detroit Tigers

Jason King (courtesy of Kansas State athletics)

Jason King, a product of Dublin Jerome High School, had a nice season playing for the Kansas State University Wildcats.

King batted .326 with 10 home runs and 50 runs batted in, helping to lead K-State to the NCAA Tournament. He was quite a base stealer as well, grabbing 16 in 18 attempts.

The junior third baseman’s reward was getting drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round of the MLB Draft.


Info courtesy of the Detroit Tigers & Major League Baseball





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