Here was Law’s breakdown of Mesoraco:
“Mesoraco followed up his breakout 2010 season — after doing nothing in his first two years in pro ball — with an impressive year in Triple-A in which he showed patience, some power and enough defensive ability to profile as an All-Star backstop in the big leagues.
At the plate, Mesoraco is strong and balanced, rotating his hips very well (despite a very faint hip drift) for future plus power that would produce 15-20 bombs right now in the big leagues. His approach is sound, surprisingly so for a player who faced a low level of competition in high school in Punxsutawney, Pa. Behind the plate, he receives fine and has improved his game-calling; his arm strength is above-average but it’s mitigated by a slow release, one factor behind a drop in his caught stealing percentage from 2009-10 to 2011.
He is a rookie of the year contender in 2011 if he gets the playing time and should produce 25-homer seasons down the road at a position where any kind of offense is welcome.”
As for the rest of the top 100 prospects, the Reds had only two other players listed with RHP Daniel Corcino coming in at 54 and SS Billy Hamilton at 64.
What are your thoughts on the Reds farm system? Are there any players in Louisville that you feel should have cracked Law’s top 100? Let us know!