The Cincinnati Reds announced their awards for the 2017 Minor League season on Friday night. Every year the organization hands out four awards at Redsfest on the first night.

Sheldon Chief Bender Player of the Year Award

This season the Reds gave the top honor to their minor leaguers, the Sheldon Chief Bender Player of the Year Award to third baseman Nick Senzel. He split his season between Daytona and Pensacola, combining to hit .321/.391/.514 on the season. That also included 40 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs and 14 steals in 119 games played.

Minor League Hitter of the Year

The Reds handed out the Hitter of the Year Award to outfielder Jose Siri. After a slow start in the first five weeks of the 2017 season, Siri went on an absolute tear the rest of the year. With the Dayton Dragons he hit .293/.341/.530 on the season. He would hit 24 doubles, 11 triples and 24 home runs to go along with 46 stolen bases.

Minor League Pitcher of the Year

There wasn’t much debate as to who would take home this award in 2017. Tyler Mahle put together an incredible season between Pensacola, Louisville and Cincinnati. In the minors he combined for a 2.06 ERA in 144.1 innings with 30 walks and 138 strikeouts. He followed that up with a 2.70 ERA in 20.0 innings over four starts with the big league club.

Minor League Community Outreach Award

Aaron Fossas was given the award for Community Outreach for the work that he did with the Dayton Dragons in 2017. Unfortunately there aren’t stats available for that. But, the right hander didn’t just do good work in the Dayton community. Fossas dominated on the mound for Dayton, too. In 44 relief appearances he posted a 2.43 ERA in 66.2 innings with 16 walks and 49 strikeouts.


13 Responses

  1. Norwood Nate

    Reds non-tendered Crockett. Not sure I get the procedural move here. Why claim him just to non-tender him and let him become a FA? Not a big deal, just don’t see the incentive to make these moves if you’re not going to even have a chance to keep the player in the organization.

    With Adleman moving on, that should put the Reds roster at 38 now. Seems like a Rule 5 may be in the cards, or maybe a pre-cursor for a trade?

    • Colorado Red

      I was wondering the same thing.
      I am thinking they may have seen a 2nd player rule draft or non-tendered they wanted?

    • Stock

      If no one claims him then they can keep him in the organization and not have to keep him on the 40 man roster. If someone does claim him they really lose nothing

      • Norwood Nate

        He becomes a FA if non tendered. They can’t stash him. They can only try to resign him as a minor league FA. Which they could have done before claiming him.

  2. HavaKlu

    For what the Blue jays gave up to get Aledyms Diaz from the Cards, it would seem the Reds missed a cheap opportunity to get another SS prospect.

  3. MikeinSoCal

    Don’t understand how the Giants are the frontrunner to grab Stanton. The Marlins need prospects and the Giants system is weak compared to the Dodgers, Cardinals. If the Dodgers land Stanton and or Ohtani the Reds should go after some Dodger leftovers eg, Chris Taylor, Culberson, Pederson. pitcher Alex Wood. Dodgers have many young players who would be a good fit on Reds. Hamilton and Duval would have to be moved however.

    • Doug Gray

      It’s more about who is willing to take in money than prospects for Stanton.

      • MikeinSoCal

        Right. I think the Marlins are only paying around 40 million of the contract which is but a small dent. But I think the Dodgers and Cards have the money unless they get Ohtani.

  4. MK

    Aaron Fossas is truly a great kid. Great attitude and work ethic. He gets it.

    In addition he is the only Dragon I can think of who came to the team with a Masters Degree,

    His 2017 pitching performance has to be a real surprising bright spot for the organization

    • victor vollhardt

      To MK—Good to hear about “off the field” stats and education background. Thank you for posting. Lets all watch and pull for this young man on his way up the ladder.

  5. Kap

    Had the pleasure of knocking tyler Stephenson out the poker tournament and winning his jersey earlier

  6. Redsnation

    Doug, talked to Garrett yesterday at redsfest. He said they gave him the option to have surgery on his hip. He decided to get stem cell done. He said him and rookie had the same injury with their hip. But he said he feels stronger than ever.