Still waiting on those roster cuts that we expected yesterday. Sure, Corky Miller and Carlos Fisher were sent out (I know that comes as a big shock to you), but the Reds still have a ton of decisions to make…and by “a ton,” I mean that there are still 38 guys in big league camp, so 13 of them have to go. We’re expecting all or most of those cuts to be made today, at some point.

While you’re waiting, take a look at this profile of 2007’s first round draft pick Devin Mesoraco:

Mesoraco has fallen down prospect lists, but to the people who have seen him every day this spring, Mesoraco’s strides have been huge.

“This year one of the biggest transitions I’ve seen in this camp and any camp is the improvements he’s made defensively. Mike Stefanski and Pat Kelly get a ton of credit, but Mesoraco gets all the credit because he’s made the adjustments and he works hard,” said Louisville manager Rick Sweet, a former big league catcher.

If you listened to our interview with Devin, you are probably cheering particularly hard for him, because he seems like a great kid.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. I really hope Devin pans out, we need a young catcher in the minors to really step up. But I can’t understand why any team would take a catcher straight from high school, especially in the first round. It’s too hard of a position to gauge Big League potential at such a young age.

  2. On a different note, who voted for Kip Wells to be the Reds fifth starter? There must be a Cubs fan who stumbled across the site and decided to vote…

  3. It looks like the Reds are going to go with Castillo and Miller at AAA…am I the only one that finds that troubling?

  4. @Bill Lack: Probably not, but why do you find that troubling? Both have Major League experience. I think Miller is very good at running his staff. So I like him at Louisville. I think he has a lot to teach young pitchers coming through. Can’t hit worth a lick and lacks the quality arm to through out runners like Hernandez and Hanny. But he’s a very knowledgable game caller. He can help pitchers learn how to pitch.

    Castillo is one of those players that really never grabs my attention either way. He’s lacking just a little bit in just about every disciple as a catcher, but other than perhaps Yarborough, who else did you have in mind?

    • @Bill Lack: Probably not, but why do you find that troubling?Both have Major League experience.I think Miller is very good at running his staff.So I like him at Louisville.I think he has a lot to teach young pitchers coming through. Can’t hit worth a lick and lacks the quality arm to through out runners like Hernandez and Hanny.But he’s a very knowledgable game caller.He can help pitchers learn how to pitch.Castillo is one of those players that really never grabs my attention either way.He’s lacking just a little bit in just about every disciple as a catcher, but other than perhaps Yarborough, who else did you have in mind?

      I guess b/c he’s 33…as for Castillo, he’s versatile, but he’s not good any any position.

      I’d rather see Denove at AAA. It makes no sense to have Denove and Mesoraco at AA and Miller and Castillo at AAA.. at least not to me.

  5. @RiverCity Redleg: I agree. But it happens a lot.

  6. I find it interesting that the organization decided to let Neftali Soto start catching some this year. He will be at Lynchburg along with Devin, I guess he will catch on his off days. That would be a great thing for the organization if Soto can take to catching because he has a very nice bat. The combo of those two could bode well.

    • I find it interesting that the organization decided to let Neftali Soto start catching some this year.He will be at Lynchburg along with Devin, I guess he will catch on his off days.That would be a great thing for the organization if Soto can take to catching because he has a very nice bat.The combo of those two could bode well.

      Do we know that Soto caught in ST? I know that was the early report…but has he actually done much catching?

      • Do we know that Soto caught in ST? I know that was the early report…but has he actually done much catching?

        This is from John Fay’s blog…sounds like Soto hasn’t caught in ST, but will catch on a limited basis and Mesoraco is starting this year at A+ again.

  7. @Bill Lack: Sorry I forgot to link Fay’s blog when I made the statement.

  8. @Bill Lack: Good. That makes sense because I thought you might have had Yarborough and Weems in mind. Keep in mind, I feel you are THE most knowledge baseball man here, so I feel kind feel weird typing all this, but what I find troubling is the lack of catching talent the Reds have in the minors. I’m not sure Denove and Mesoraco are ready for AAA at this point in their development. I think AA is correct for them at this time. Miller is much like Barker last year. He’s there because the Reds don’t have anyone else ready for AAA so I don’t feel either are taking anyone’s place. I think he is the third best catcher in the system and Castillo is the 4th best and both are the only two ready for AAA. Hopefully, neither will be needed next year, but for now I like them there as insurance since the Reds needed their 3rd and 4th catchers last year. Since the Reds tend to use their farm system only for developing talent they don’t often use AAA for the other purpose which is as a cache of reserve players “just in case”. I think the main reason for that is because they haven’t been deep enough to need AAA for that role. Why have reserve players in AAA when half of your major league team is filled with AAA players. That has been the case for the Reds for the past decade. This is the first time I think the Reds are deep enough to use AAA for reserve purposes.

    I don’t think Miller and Castillo (especially Miller) are junk players. I think we can agree Miller is better than Bako and Bako was the Reds’ primary catcher just two years ago. That’s a horrible defense, but I thought I’d just put that out there even though I know it will get eviscerated.

    btw – I used to be careful about spelling. I know how to spell “throw”. But sometimes my fingers have a mind of their own and I’ve become too lazy to reread my posts. 🙄

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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