Devin Douglas Mesoraco was born on June 19, 1988 in DuBois, Pennsylvania.
Mesoraco was a standout catcher for the Punxsutawney Area High School Chucks in Punxsutawney, PA. He set a number of school records including the career marks for walks, home runs, runs, hits, and stolen bases as well as single season totals for walks and runs (MiLB.com). His outstanding play in 2007 earned him Pennsylvania's Gatorade Player of the Year Award. In addition to his individual success, Mesoraco also led the Chucks to the class AAA state championship in 2007. Other notable residents of Punxsutawney include former Detroit Pistons and Dream Team coach Chuck Daly, former big league catcher John Mizerock, and that damned groundhog.
The Reds selected Mesoraco with the 15th overall pick in the 2007 first-year player draft. His minor league career got off to a rough start as he struggled with the Gulf Coast League Reds in rookie ball in 2007. Mesoraco also put up mediocre seasons in A-ball with Dayton in 2008 and in advanced A-ball with Sarasota in 2009. He caught fire with Lynchburg in advanced A in 2010 before the Reds moved him up to AA Carolina. Mesoraco continued to hit with Carolina and found himself in AAA Louisville by the end of the year. He had a big season with Louisville in 2011 before joining the major league team out of spring training in 2012.