Baker has high hopes for Mesoraco

Baker has high hopes for Mesoraco

Baker has high hopes for Mesoraco
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn't ready to declare rookie Devin Mesoraco his No. 1 catcher as of Tuesday morning.

"I don't know. He's one of two," Baker said. "Eventually, he's going to be No. 1."

There's a good chance that the Reds will employ a tandem system with Mesoraco and veteran Ryan Hanigan. The tandem approach worked well the past three years with Hanigan and Ramon Hernandez.

"There are certain guys that might work better with Hanigan than Mesoraco right now," Baker said.

Mesoraco, 23, batted .180 in 18 games for Cincinnati last season as a September callup, after batting .289 with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs in 120 games for Triple-A Louisville. He's been praised for his efforts behind the plate and working with the pitchers.

The Reds' No. 1 prospect, Mesoraco has high expectations, the belief being he could become a special player for the team.

"He has a lot to learn in a short period of time. You hope he can be Buster Posey," Baker said. "There aren't a whole lot of Buster Poseys, but he also has Hanigan as a tandem here. If things don't work, how long do you stick with Mesoraco? You hope he's ready. You don't really know until you give him a chance."