Baker impressed with Mesoraco's first starts

Baker impressed with Mesoraco's first starts

CHICAGO -- Reds rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco's first two big league starts on Monday and Tuesday were considered a success by his manager, Dusty Baker.

"I'd probably give him a 95 or 96 on a scale of 100," Baker said.

Mesoraco caught Dontrelle Willis on Monday and Mike Leake on Tuesday. Although neither pitcher earned a victory, both pitched well. Leake took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning during his outing.

Mesoraco also fired a bullet in the bottom of the 10th to complete an inning-ending 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded.

"He's called a good game," Baker said. "Naturally, he has a few things to learn, but he has come a long way in a short period of time since I first saw him a couple of years ago. He pays attention. He's conscientious. He's getting better throwing. When I first saw him, he had a sore arm. He threw the ball well. He received it well."