The Dayton Dragons finished the year with a 60-78 record, finishing in last place in the first half with a 30-38 record as well as finishing last in the second half with a 30-40 record.
The Dragons went 12-13 in April as they scored 96 runs and also allowed 96 runs. They never won more than 2 games in a row in the month and also struggled through a 5 game losing streak to end the first week of the season. Kyle Waldrop and Kyle McMyne took home the Dayton Dragons Players of the Month Awards. Waldrop hit .271 and drove in 10 runs while McMyne posted a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings with 13 strikeouts and 2 walks.
After a mediocre April the Dragons struggled in May as they won just 9 games while losing 20. The first half of the month really did them in as they went 2-14. From the 18th through the end of the month the team went 7-6, ending the season on a 2 game winning streak. The offense scored 103 runs while the pitching and defense allowed 162 runs. Dayton scored fewer than 2 runs ten different times during the month.
In June the Dragons were able to start off strong, going 9-7 over the first half of the month before the All Star break. The four days off didn’t do the team well as they lost 5 straight after the break and 7 of 8 before ending the month with a win to finish at 11-14. The offense scored 126 runs and the pitching staff and defense gave up 145. Ryan Wright was selected to participate in the Midwest League All Star Game. He went 1-3 with an RBI.
As the calendar flipped to July with a record of 32-47, the Dragons needed a good month to turn things around but after a solid start in the first week things weren’t able to be maintained as they went 12-16 on the month to fall to 44-63 on the season. The offense scored 124 runs and the pitching and defense allowed 158 runs. Juan Perez and Carlos Gonzalez were named the players of the month. Perez hit .263 with 9 RBI and 6 steals. Gonzalez had a 2.50 ERA in 8 games with a 3-1 record.
In August and September the Dragons posted a winning record with 16 wins and 15 losses to go along with 3 cancelled games due to rain. Dayton put together three separate 3 game winning streaks in that time and ended the year with a 7-3 win. The offense scored 149 runs and the pitching and defense allowed 143 in the best stretch of the season for the team.
Top Position Prospect
On a team that struggled on the offensive side of the ball, where no player was able to OPS .800, Yorman Rodriguez had the tools that stood out the most. The 19 year old spent his second stint with the team and hit .271/.307/.430 in 277 plate appearances. His plate discipline leaves a lot to be desired and he is very much a high ceiling/low floor type of player, but his ceiling is considerably higher than any other position player on the team, which gives him the nod over several other guys.
Honorable Mention: Ryan Wright and Kyle Waldrop
Top Pitching Prospect
Much like the position side of things, the pitching was not all that good with the two best arms not showing up until late in the season as promotions from Billings. Aside from the two arms from Billings who were only up for a short period of time, the arm that stood out the most was probably Carlos Contreras. He features above-average to plus velocity with his fastball and a good change up while posting strong numbers with a 3.20 ERA in 50.2 innings with just 29 hits allowed, 19 walks and 51 strikeouts. On a team without a stand out starter, Carlos Contreras stood out from the bullpen with good velocity and a solid secondary pitch.
Honorable Mention: James Allen