Bryan Price has shot down any speculation that he will use a platoon at catcher in 2014.
"I don't want to get into the setting 'Mesoraco is going to catch these three guys or four guys and Brayan is going catch these one or two,'" Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Because I think there are going to be certain times when a matchup is going to be in our favor having Brayan back there as an offensive weapon."
The difference offensive was certainly striking last year, when Mesoraco batted a career-high .239 and Pena hit .297.
Price said he would likely switch Bruce and Ludwick in the lineup when a left-handed starter is on the hill.
Price also reiterated he hasn't given much thought to batting Votto second.
Mesoraco didn't get a ton of playing time the past few seasons, which led pitchers to prefer throwing to Ryan Hanigan. Now that Mesoraco is stepping in as the starter, he'll need to be on the same page with his pitchers.
Manager Bryan Price said it's not all on Mesoraco to make things work. "This isn’t a one-way situation," Price said. "The pitchers have to be as committed to building the relationship as the catcher does."
Price went on to indicate that the team is fully behind Mesoraco as the starting catcher. "It's his time," Price said.
Mesoraco hit .238/.287/.362 in 323 at-bats last year.
With Ryan Hanigan traded to Tampa Bay,
"I believe that I'm an everyday catcher in the big leagues I don't think I've quite played as good as I can," he said. "I think playing every day, getting all the reps, getting that at-bats, that's only going to help. We'll go from there. We'll go from there and I believe we're going in the right direction."
Mesoraco, who was considered a top prospect when he first reached the majors in 2011, showed how he's capable of performing in an everyday role during a 22-game stretch that Ryan Hanigan missed with a wrist injury from early July to early August. Playing in 21 of those games, Mesoraco hit .286 with four homers and an .820 OPS in 70 at-bats.
"It was right after the All-Star break that Hani went down, and I'm not going to say it had to do with playing every day, but I think my comfort level at that time, I felt [more] comfortable, it was like it was my job, my team, I could go out there and be the player I feel like I can," Mesoraco said.
Mesoraco now has nine home runs on the season as he finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored. He's batting .248 on the year for Cincinnati.
The 25-year-old backstop had just two hits in his previous nine appearances before the three-hit game Wednesday. He's not been a consistent hitter this year for the Reds.
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