Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is in the midst of an outstanding season. Just how good is it? Today, he became the first Cincinnati player with three grand slams in a season since Chris Sabo hit three of them during the 1993 season. In fact, that ties the team record for a season. Frank Robinson, Lee May, Ray Knight, and Eric Davis also accomplished the feat in a Reds uniform. There are still almost two months left of the season, so Mesoraco has a good chance to set a team record!
Mesoraco’s first grand slam of the 2014 season came on May 30th off of Arizona’s Bronson Arroyo in the 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks. His second came in the ninth inning against Cubs pitcher Hector Rondon on June 23rd to push the Reds to a 6-1 lead. Today’s grand slam came in the fifth inning off of Marlins pitcher Brad Hand.
He also had a two runs shot off of Hand in the first inning. In fact, in two of the three games in which Mesoraco hit a grand slam, he also added another home run.
That puts Mesoraco’s numbers on the season at .295 with 20 homers and 61 RBI. To put this in perspective, he had just 16 homers in 175 career games coming into the season. He now has 20 in 79 games. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t drafted in most fantasy leagues!
His six RBI today are already a career high, and he has been the catalyst to the Reds’ 7-2 lead on the Marlins through seven innings.