The Dayton Dragons finished with a record of 64-75 on the season, which was good for the 11th best record in the 16-team Midwest League. In the first half of the season they finished 28-41, which placed them in 6th place in their division. During the second half of the season they would finish 37-33 and in third place of their division.
The Dragons began their season on the road against West Michigan and South Bend for six games. They would lose the first two, win the next two and then lose the final two games before coming home with a 2-4 record. They won the first game to move to 3-4 on the season but then lost the next five games to fall to 3-9 and set up the month where they would finish 8-17. Standout Players from April: Jesse Winker (.284/.383/.469), Brent Peterson (.295/.340/.364), Sal Romano (22ip, 1.64 ERA, 15K), Jesus Adames (15ip, 1.80 ERA, 11K), Alejandro Chacin (16ip, 2.25 ERA, 17K), Drew Cisco (33ip, 3.00 ERA, 30K), Wes Mugarian (17.2ip, 3.06 ERA, 18K).
May began well with an 11-7 win but turned around rather quickly as the Dragons lost three in a row. They would then win three in a row before losing six of the next seven games to fall to 5-9 on the month. The Dragons then went on a big run where they would win nine of eleven games and would finish the month with a winning record of 15-14 to push their season total to 23-31. Standout Players from May: Jesse Winker (.323/.435/.552 with 24 RBI), Joe Terry (.316/.355/.474), Junior Arias (.322/.347/.478), Jeff Gelalich (.293/.374/.354), Sean Lucas (13ip, 1.38 ERA, 16K), Robert Stephenson (36.2ip, 1.96 ERA, 46K), Alejandro Chacin (13.1ip, 2.03 ERA, 15K), Ben Klimesh (15.2ip, 2.87 ERA, 19K), Wandy Peralta (17.1ip, 3.12 ERA, 16K) and Drew Cisco (28.2ip, 3.45 ERA, 25K) .
For as good of a run the Dragons went on toward the end of May they saw the other side of that to begin June as they lost 12 of 17 games to begin June before winning five of seven from the 22nd-28th of the month. They would finish out the month at 10-16 and push their season record to 33-47 while having two losing months out of the first three of the season. Standout Players from June: Zach Vincej (.405/.500/.586), Junior Arias (.326/.373/.589 with 6 homers), Seth Mejias-Brean (.305/.371/.453), Daniel Pigott (.300/.338/.433), Ben Klimesh (14ip, 1.29 ERA, 16K), Mike Saunders (11ip, 2.45 ERA, 6K), Sean Lucas (12.1ip, 2.92 ERA, 9K) and Ismael Guillon (19.2ip, 3.20 ERA, 17K).
The month of July would finish with a good record, but the team didn’t go on any big runs and only had one losing streak of 2 games on the month while having a winning streak of three games and another one of four games. They just avoided losing streaks and losing series, which they only did once on the month in a 3-game series to Lansing. The Dragons would finish the month at 16-12, their second winning month of the year and the best record of the season in month to that point. They would finish the month with an overall record of 49-59. Standout Players from July: Seth Mejias-Brean (.392/.475/.676 with 6 homers and 25 RBI), Joe Hudson (.290/.397/.435), Beau Amaral (.321/.368/.385), Robert Stephenson (10.1ip, 0.00 ERA, 11K), Michael Lorenzen (8.1ip, 0.00 ERA, 7K), Wandy Peralta (20.1ip, 1.33 ERA, 20K), Alejandro Chacin (12ip, 1.50 ERA, 12K), Drew Cisco (22ip, 2.45 ERA, 12K) and Joel Bender (18.2ip, 3.38 ERA, 12K).
August and September
August began with two straight losses before the Dragons would trade wins and losses from the 3rd-8th before winning five of seven games. For the rest of the stretch they were back and forth with their wins and losses to finish out with a record of 15-16 to push their season record to 64-75. Standout Players from August/September: Phil Ervin (36 at bats, .361/.465/.500), Jesse Winker (58 at bats .310/.412/.466), Seth Mejias-Brean (.333/.407/.465), Daniel Pigott (.303/.355/.444), Ismael Guillon (33.2ip, 1.34 ERA, 27K), Joel Bender (18ip, 2.00 ERA, 14K), Alejandro Chacin (12ip, 2.25 ERA, 18K) and Jesus Adames (12ip, 2.25 ERA, 11K).
While the Dragons had quite a few options of good to even outstanding performances on the season, one guy was with the team while performing at a high level over the full season and that gets Seth Mejias-Brean the nod over several other players. Mejias-Brean hit .305/.381/.453 with 35 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homers, 70 runs and 79 RBI. He was also very good defensively at both third base and first base. Other Candidates: Jesse Winker (.281/.379/.463 with 16 HR), Drew Cisco (130.2ip, 3.86 ERA), Robert Stephenson (77ip, 2.57 ERA, 96K) and Alejandro Chacin (65ip, 2.91 ERA, 72K).
Any player who threw 50 innings (starter), 20 innings (reliever) or had 150 at bats (position player) qualifies. One pitcher and one position player: Jesse Winker and Robert Stephenson. If a player previously made a top prospect for another team, they aren’t eligible.
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Among the League Leaders
|Beau Amaral||At bats||515||5|