The Gulf Coast League wrapped up its regular season play on Monday, August 28th. Unfortunately, the GCL Reds not only missed out on the postseason, but also finished dead last in the Southern Division.
GCL Twins: 37-19
GCL Orioles: 32-24
GCL Red Sox: 30-26
GCL Pirates: 26-30
GCL Reds: 15-41
The end of the season brought about an end to top prospect Devin Mesoraco's first taste of professional baseball. Mesoraco didn't exactly set the world on fire, finishing up at .219/.310/.270/.580, but given that he's straight out of high school and facing professional pitching for the first time it isn't surprising. Given an offseason to re-energize and better prepare for his first full season, the results in 2008 should be much better.
The Official Minor League Baseball website put together a draft profile about Mesoraco, which includes a scouting report on his skill set and a scouting video. Mesoraco profiles well across the board and the video captures his strong arm and impressive athleticism.
The Sarasota Herald Tribune put together an interview with Devin Mesoraco and a slide show on his first season that is worth a look. I'll be excited to see how Mesoraco develops next year, as his impressive athleticism makes me hopeful that he can become the Cincinnati version of Dodger catcher Russell Martin.