Friday, September 7, 2012

MINOR details: 2012 recap edition - Class-A Dayton Dragons

All of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season except for Bakersfield (starting the playoffs on Saturday) so it's time to start recapping each team's season. Statistical leaders were chosen among those who played significant time. It's not limited to a certain number of ABs or IPs, really. I just picked who I thought played enough to warrant being mentioned as a stats leader. Melky Cabrera will not be included.

We continue with Class-A Dayton.

Dayton Dragons
The Dragons finished 60-78, last place in the Midwest League Eastern, and 22.5 games behind first-place Lansing. It was a 30-40 first half where the Dragons were last and 17.5 games back of Lansing. It wasn't much different in the second half as the Dragons finished 30-38, in last place, and 11.0 games back of Bowling Green.

It was a tough year for manager Delino DeShields and the Dragons. After going to the playoffs last season, they just couldn't put it together this season in what was a first-to-worst kind of year. Their roster consisted of a few of the Reds top prospects including, but not limited to Yorman Rodriguez, Ryan Wright, Sean Buckley, and Robert Stephenson towards the end of the year.

The statistical leaders among the Dragons were as follows:

AVG: Ryan Wright (.285)
HR: Sean Buckley (14)
RBI: Buckley (68)
R: Juan Perez (64)
SB: Junior Arias (28)

W: James Allen (8)
ERA: SP - Radhames Quezada (3.35) RP - Michael Dennhardt (2.27)
SV: Carlos Contreras (16)
SO: Stalin Gerson (100)

An exciting moment for Dayton was when the Reds 2011 1st-round draft pick made his Class-A debut for Dayton on July 27th. He threw five innings of one-hit baseball, while striking out six to get the win.

Go Dragons!

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