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Devin Douglas Mesoraco

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Devin Mesoraco was a first-round draft pick in the 2007 amateur draft.

Mesoraco hit .429/.629/.857 as a high school senior to help Punxsutawney to a Pennsylvania Class 3A title. USA Today named him as the catcher on their All-USA high school baseball team. He rose rapidly in projections for the 2007 amateur draft, leading to dispute over whether he was finally being discovered or whether he was the subject of speculation driving up his value. Mesoraco was picked by the Cincinnati Reds with the 15th pick of the draft and signed by scout Jeff Brookens. Assigned to the GCL Reds, he debuted on June 26, going 1 for 4 with a double.

On August 1, 2012, Devin was suspended for three games by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with umpire Chad Fairchild during a game on July 30th. At the same time, the Reds placed him on the disabled list for a concussion, the result of a home plate collision with the San Diego Padres' Cameron Maybin in the 2nd inning of that same game; he remained in the game but was then ejected by Fairchild in the 3rd for arguing balls and strikes, leading to the incident. He then had to leave the next day's game in the 6th with what was at first called heat exhaustion, but were in facts symptoms of the previous day's concussion.

Sources: USA Today from 6/28/07, MILB.com

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