Catcher: Devin Mesoraco
This was a tough choice between Mesoraco and Yasmani Grandal. Grandal had the better overall slash line, but I wound up choosing Mesoraco because he did so at the AAA level all season, while Grandal split his time at A+ and AA. Before being called up to the Cincinnati Reds, the catcher hit .289/.371/.484 with 52 walks and 83 strikeouts in 499 plate appearances. He threw out 26% of attempted base stealers for the Bats. Honorable Mention: Yasmani Grandal
First Base: Neftali Soto
Soto did something that no Reds prospect has done in 10 years, top 30 HR’s in a single season. Even more impressive is that he did it in just under 400 at bats between Carolina and Louisville (where he spent the final week of the season). The Puerto Rican native hit a combined .278/.333/.576 with 19 doubles, 31 HR’s and 80 RBI. Honorable Mention: Donald Lutz
Second Base: Henry Rodriguez
If the Reds had Ronald Torreyes play all season, it would have been a closer call here but Rodriguez played a full season and had very comparable rate stats. While splitting his time between Bakersfield and Carolina, Henry Rodriguez hit .320/.372/.469 with 36 doubles and 13 HR’s. He hit .300 at both stops while having 250+ PA’s with each team. Honorable Mention: Ronald Torreyes
Third Base: David Vidal
David Vidal didn’t have the best offensive stats among third baseman in the system, but it also seemed that every time I watched him play this year that he was able to pull off at least one spectacular defensive play. Offensively, he hit .280/.350/.498 for the Dragons with 37 doubles, 20 HR’s and 85 runs and RBI. Honorable Mention: Eric Campbell
Shortstop: Zack Cozart
While Cozart only racked up 350 plate appearances, what he did over them was enough to get the nod at a position where there wasn’t a stand out aside from him. Cozart began slow, but caught fire in May and never looked back before hitting .310/.357/.467 with the Bats to go along with 26 doubles and 7 HR’s before he earned a call up to the Reds. Honorable Mention: Billy Hamilton
Outfield: Denis Phipps
Denis Phipps was arguably the best hitter on the farm this year with a .346/.397/.527 triple slash line to go along with 34 doubles, 7 triples and 12 HR’s. He split his time with Carolina and Louisville. Not only did he hit well, but he also had 13 outfield assists thanks to a great arm.
Outfield: Jeremy Hermida
The 27 year old, like Phipps, was arguably the best hitter in the system this season. Hermida spent his entire season (in the minors) with the Louisville Bats and hit .319/.400/.524 while finishing in the top three in the league in batting average and OPS. He contributed 28 doubles and 17 HR’s for the Bats.
Outfield: Yonder Alonso
Alonso spent 67% of his season playing in the outfield for Louisville. He only racked up 409 plate appearances before getting called up to Cincinnati, but hit .296/.374/.486 for Louisville with 24 doubles and 12 HR’s to go along with 46 walks. Honorable Mention: Dave Sappelt
Starting Pitcher: Josh Smith
Josh Smith led the organization in wins with 14 and strikeouts with 166. His 2.97 ERA led all pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched, as did his 5.03 strikeout to walk ratio. Smith also started the Midwest League All Star game as a representative for the Dayton Dragons. With the Dragons he set the all time franchise record for most strikeouts in a season.
Starting Pitcher: Daniel Corcino
Like Josh Smith, Corcino spent his entire season with the Dayton Dragons. He went 11-7 on the season with the second best ERA among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched with his 3.42 mark. Corcino also topped the previous Dayton Dragons single season strikeout mark with 156 on the season. His 4.59 strikeout to walk ratio ranked second to Smith among starters as well. Honorable Mention: Daniel Renken
Relief Pitcher: Brad Boxberger
It was a tough choice between Drew Hayes and Brad Boxberger, but the two players were both 23 this season and Hayes spent his entire year in Dayton, while Boxberger was in Carolina and Louisville which wound up giving him the nod. Boxberger had 11 saves between the two levels and a 2.03 ERA in 62 innings pitched. In those 62 innings he had 28 walks and 93 strikeouts to go along with a 0.97 WHIP and a .152 average against. Honorable Mention: Drew Hayes