Photo: Doug GrayThe 2019 Dayton Dragons: Reviewing the Season Doug Gray September 24, 2019 6 Comments The Dayton Dragons finished the season at 58-82 on the season. They finished 7th overall in the Midwest League Eastern Division. In the first half they went 28-42, also finishing in 7th place. In the second half they improved a little bit to 30-40, finishing in 6th place in the division. Impressive team stats The Dayton offense was arguably the worst in the entire league. They scored 533 runs on the season, ranking 15th out of 16 teams and outscoring Burlington by 1 run. Great Lakes led the league with 712 runs. The Dragons were far and away dead last in on-base percentage at .303. They were 15th in the league in OPS at .645. They did finish 2nd in the league in sacrifice hits? It was a rough, rough season for the offense. The pitching staff was a bit better, but they didn’t find themselves in the top half of hardly any stats within the league, either. They finished 12th in ERA at 4.16. Kane County led the league with a 2.82 ERA. They did finish 8th in total strikeouts. Top Hitting Performance Only two players on the team had an OPS over .700 on the season, and neither player had 375 plate appearances on the year. Brian Rey topped the list. He played in 66 games and racked up 259 plate appearances with Dayton. The 21-year-old hit .281/.326/.464 with 16 doubles and 9 home runs in roughly half of a season with the Dragons. Rey tied Pabel Manzanero for the top average on the team. His on-base percentage was 10 points behind Jay Schuyler who led the team. And his slugging percentage was tops on the team. Top Pitching Performance There were more than a few pitchers had found plenty of success this season with Dayton. Guys like Connor Curlis and Adrian Rodriguez threw 70+ innings with ERA’s in the low 3’s. Eduardo Salazar threw 106.1 innings with a 3.81 ERA, working both as a starter and reliever. Connor Bennett had a 2.27 ERA in half of a season before being promoted. But the top pitching performance, at least the one that gets my nod, goes to Matt Pidich. The 24-year-old reliever pitched in 39 games and threw 65.0 innings. His ERA came in at a robust 2.22 as he allowed just 42 hits and walked just 20 batters on the season while striking out 75 of the 263 hitters he faced. Team MVP These awards are always going to be subjective. However, this one felt a little bit easier to pick. Michael Siani played in 121 games on the year for Dayton, and while he didn’t stand out at the plate – hit hit .253/.333/.339 – that was right up there with anyone else who spent the entire season with the team. But Siani also stole 45 bases. His .333 on-base percentage was second best on the team. https://redsminorleagues.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Michael-Siani-Catch.mp4 And then there was the defense. The center fielder was a human highlight reel. There was hardly a week that would go by where he didn’t make multiple game-changing plays. Not only was he able to track down fly balls and line drives that had no reason to be caught, as a center fielder he racked up 18 assists. That’s a number that would make a right fielder stand out like a sore thumb – that he did it from center is mind bogglingly silly. If you would like to see the entire stats for the team you can click here and head on over the team page at Baseball-Reference. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 6 Responses Oldtimer September 24, 2019 Siani seems like good MVP choice. Jeff September 24, 2019 For a team that has such good attendance & as someone who gets to 10-15 games a year, I really hope the Reds can figure out a way to improve the on field product in Dayton. It seems like they can play pretty decent defense but can barely hit the broad side of barn most years. Or the pitching is so bad that they are behind 8-0 by the 3rd inning most games. Siani is the definite MVP, saw him about go through the wall in one game this year. He plays all out. Fun to watch. Cguy September 24, 2019 Certainly glad the Reds are giving Joey Votto all the plate appearances he’s seen this September. Obviously, they’re not quite sure what to expect from him next year. Tony Cloninger September 26, 2019 If he’s not injured then why would he not play. When did this become a issue with fans that players should just take most of the rest of the year off once September rolled around. You’re not going to shut players down who can play and want to play. Unless injury is that bad or their going over an innings limit. Cguy September 26, 2019 Those plate appearances are better served analyzing O’Grady, Van Meter, & even Farmer playing at 1st . A lot of decisions will have to be made this winter & more data on those guys is needed. Redsvol September 24, 2019 Siani appears to be a good sign by the front office. For his age, his season appears to get more than a passing grade. More than one high draft pick has flunked the Dayton test. Doug – I hope you’re right about some of the pitching, because most was downright awful.