Minors: Devin Mesoraco profile, Top 11 

June, 16, 2011
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Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco's 2010 campaign illustrates why it sometimes pays to be patient with prospects, especially high draft picks. The 15th overall selection in the 2007 draft out of a Pennsylvania high school spent the first three seasons of his pro career failing to post even a .400 slugging percentage. However, things changed quickly last year.

Mesoraco, who turns 23 this weekend, posted a breakout season across three levels last year, putting up a .322 AVG/.377 OBP/.587 SLG stat line, and has carried over that offensive surge to 2011. He's hitting .329 with a .406 on-base percentage, 21 doubles and eight homers in 57 games at Triple-A Louisville. His .552 slugging percentage is good for second in the International League.

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