Thursday, January 19, 2012

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Dayton

If one were to pick which minor league team of the Reds had the best 2011, it would have to be the Single-A affiliate Dayton Dragons. Under manager Delino DeShields (and I love that he's their manager and I don't know why), they finished 83-57, good enough to finish first and win their third division title, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

They could also boast having some of the most promising prospects in the Reds organization, including as mentioned in the previous posts, the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the Year in Billy Hamilton, as well as the Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year Josh Smith. Let's not forget Tucker Barnhart who won the Minor League Gold Glove for catching, and Daniel Corcino, or Johnny Cueto 2.0. If that weren't enough, there was also 1B Donald Lutz, SP Kyle Lotzkar, and 2B Ronald Torreyes who hit .356 but was recently sent to Chicago as part of the Sean Marshall trade. They probably could have given the Astros a game. However, it will be a new ballgame as they will probably have to do without most or all of those men in 2012.

Dragons' fans can also brag about being the best as "the Dragons set the all-time professional sports sellout record during the 2011 season when they sold out their 815th consecutive game on July 9th", per the team website. They have sold out every single home game since they came into existence 12 years ago. Wow.

On this Thursday, hide your fair maidens in the highest room in the tallest tower of your castle because here come the Dayton Dragons...

-For a full review of 2011, the year of the Dayton Dragons, check out this team release covering about everything you would want to know from last year.

-If you know a few older dudes in the Dayton area who love baseball as well as singing, dancing and general public embarrassment, the Dragons are looking to cast the "Retirement Village People" for the upcoming season.

-The Dragons will get a taste of the big leagues when they take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Miller Park, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers, on April 27th.

-Dayton put out there own version of offseason catchup with this release on January 10th.

-Match your schedule to the Dayton 2012 schedule here, and then get your season tickets here if you can because the way they sell out, it may be your only shot at seeing them play.

-As far as Torreyes, one writer thinks that Theo Epstein may have picked the Reds' pocket on that one.

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