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

 

Reds top catching prospect Devin Mesoraco (megasportsnews.com 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.

Reds utilityman Cairo honored with Heart and Hustle Award

 

Miguel Cairo (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cincinnati Reds utilityman Miguel Cairo is very valuable to have on a team. He can play third, second, first and is a solid pinch-hitter. His work ethic, game preparation and discipline as a hitter are the selling points to younger players.

Last week, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association selected Cairo as the Reds’ Heart and Hustle Award winner.

Cairo says that he hopes all of the Reds young players not only watch the way he goes about his business, but are also watching veterans Ramon Hernandez, Edgar Renteria and Scott Rolen.

Each of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams has a Heart and Hustle Award winner. A national winner will be selected in November.

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

Reds get pick-me-up from one of their youngest players, Mike Leake

 

Mike Leake (Arizona State photo)

The Cincinnati Reds sent Mike Leake to Triple-A Louisville two weeks ago to focus on his control eventhough he was winning games and had a 3-2 record.

They figured on leaving him down in the minors for awhile, but injuries to Homer Bailey and a demotion to Edinson Volquez made it imperative that he be brought back rapidly.

Leake found himself pitching in Atlanta Friday night and he gave his team a much-needed lift.

Leake pitched six innings to give the Reds depleted starting rotation a boost, as they beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 for their second win in the past 10 games.

Leake, now 4-2 on the season, gave the Reds its first win by a starting pitcher since May 16. The talented right-hander allowed one run on seven hits and three walks.

The Reds took control of the game early off Atlanta starter Tommy Hanson who drops to 5-4 on the year.

Ramon Hernandez blasted a two-run homer in the ninth for the Reds off Braves closer Craig Kimbrell.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

 

 

Reds sweep St. Louis to up lead in NL Central to 1 1/2 games

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds putting on a drive to control the NL Central like they did at the same time in 2010, just completed the improbable for them or any team in the National League, a three-game sweep of their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on Sunday.

The Reds won 9-7, but entered the ninth inning with a seven-run lead and gave the ball to Aroldis Chapman to close it out but he allowed four walks and walked in a run before leaving for Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero to officially close the door.

Cordero hit Albert Pujols with an 0-2 fastball which got away from him. Cardinals backup catcher Gerald Laird, former teammate of Cordero’s with the Texas Rangers, took exception and yelled at him for the rest of the inning. Cordero yelled back and gave an animated gesture towards the St. Louis dugout.

After hitting Pujols, Cordero proceded to retire cleanup hitter Matt Holliday and annual Reds nemesis Lance Berkman and the drama was over.

The Reds swept the Cardinals for the first time since 2007 and pushed their lead in the NL Central to 1.5 games. Cincinnati won the game by beating a pitcher that won his last 10 decisions against them since 2006, Chris Carpenter.

Reds starter Travis Wood allowed back-to-back homers to Berkman and Yadier Molina in the second inning, and then shut down the Cardinals the next four innings.

The Reds hitters took control to come-from behind again with Ramon Hernandez hitting his third home run in two days to get things rolling.

 

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news, Radio & TV news

Reds pitching, starting lineup becoming constant in latest wins; beat St. Louis, 7-3

 

Brandon Phillips drove in 3 runs with HR, sacrifice fly (megasportsnews.com photo)

It has taken Reds manager Dusty Baker 38 games to get his top eight players on the field everyday and his top five starting pitchers to fall into their regular spots.

The pitching staff has been solid for the past three weeks with the return of Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto from spring training injuries. since those two have returned, the Reds are 8-2.

Saturday afternoon, the Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals to take a half-game lead in the National League Central Division.

Johnny Cueto was dominant once again on the mound. He pitched 7.2 innings, the longest outing by any Cincinnati starter in 2011. Cueto, now 2-0, allowed three hits and retired 13 Cardinals in a row in one stretch. He has not allowed an earned run in two outings against Chicago and St. Louis.

Hitting stars include Brandon Phillips, who drove home three runs with a home run, single and sacrifice fly. Ramon Hernandez hit the first two pitches he saw from Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan (5-1) for solo homers.

The Reds at one point led in the game 5-0.

 

compiled from Cincinnati Reds news

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