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Monday, March 28, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: DEVIN MESORACO C CINCINNATI REDS

One of the more debatable players entering into 2016 fantasy baseball was Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco.  After a big breakout performance in 2014 that turned Mesoraco into an overnight sensation when he cracked 25 home runs in just 384 at-bats, expectations went through the roof for 2015 fantasy baseball.  As a result, Mesoraco found himself being selected as high as the fifth round in standard mixers as visions of 30 home runs danced in his prospective owners' heads.  Well as often happens in cases like this, disappointment was theme as Mesoraco came down with a hip problem in spring training that only grew worse once the season got underway.  After trying to hold on as even a pinch hitter, Mesoraco finally succumbed to hip surgery which made his 2015 campaign one monster bust.  It was easy to forget about Mesoraco and not trust him if you were one of his burned owners and that made his stock sink very badly as 2016 fantasy baseball drafting season got underway.  Still if you looked through the muck that was 2015, it was easy to see that Mesoraco represented a very key buy low opportunity as a rare catcher who can handle the bat and hit for power.  Having been given a clean bill of health by the teams doctors entering spring training, Mesoraco looked like a terrific value play.  Well if his spring training numbers are any indication, Mesoraco is making good on his bounce back potential as he has hit .500 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI in just 12 at-bats.  While the Reds have been careful with him this spring, Mesoraco looks fit and ready to reclaim his standing as a top five fantasy baseball catcher.  Upward we go. 

 

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