Just some stray bits of Reds info that have been piling up on my desk:
The Reds announced their major and minor league awards for the 2010 season at Redsfest. To no one’s surprise, the Ernie Lombardi Award (for team MVP) went to NL MVP Joey Votto. Bronson Arroyo won the Johnny Vander Meer Award as the team’s best pitcher. Scott Rolen won the Joe Nuxhall “Good Guy” Award.
On the Minor League side, friend of Redleg Nation, Devin Mesoraco, won the team’s Chief Bender Award as the Minor League Player of the Year. Reliever Donnie Joseph won the Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award and Jeremy Horst won the Minor League Community Service Award.
Congratulations to all from Redleg Nation.
If you didn’t catch the Bob Costas “interview” Studio 42 show with Bench, Perez, and Morgan you missed a real treat. I put interview in ” ” because I think Costas only asked 3-5 questions in the entire hour. Poor Tony Perez could barely get a word in edgewise between Bench and Morgan. The camaraderie was very apparent. I really wish that Pete had been there also, but it might have made the show more tense. If you didn’t see it, try to catch it if they show it again.
The new high A squad, the Bakersfield Blaze, will be led by Ken Griffey Sr. His pitching coach will be Rigo Beltran, who was pitching coach for this team in Lynchburg last year, hitting coach will be Tony Jaramillo, who held the same position with the Dayton Dragons last year.
The Dayton Dragons have a new manager in Delino DeShields. He managed the Billings Mustangs in 2010. Tony Fossas returns for his 3rd season as Dragon’s pitching coach and Alex Pelaez will serve as hitting coach (he was hitting coach in Billings last year).
As a partial season ticket holder in Dayton, I’m hoping that DeShields brings some fundamentals and fire that have been missing from their squads for the last two years.
The Billings staff has also been announced. Pat Kelly, who managed the Reds Lynchburg Hillcats last year, takes over the Mustangs. Bob Forsch returns for his third year as pitching coach and Eli Marrero will be spending his first season with the Mustangs.
Milb.com announced their “organizational All Stars” for the Reds minor league system. C: Devin Mesoraco (Lynchburg, Carolina, Louisville); 1B: Nefi Soto (Lynchburg); 2B: Henry Rodriguez (Dayton); SS: Billy Hamilton (Billings); 3B: Juan Francisco (Louisville); OF: Dave Sappelt (Lynchburg, Carolina, Louisville); OF: Yorman Rodriguez (Billings); OF: Wladimir Balentien (Louisville); Utility/DH: Luis Terrero (Carolina, Louisville) LH Starting pitcher: Tom Cochran (Carolina, Louisville); RH Starting pitcher: Jordan Hotchkiss (Lynchburg, Carolina) Bullpen: Donnie Joseph (Dayton, Lynchburg, Carolina)
This Thursday is the Major League Rule 5 Draft. With the depth of this organization, I’ll be very surprised if we don’t lose a player or two. Off the top of my head, Danny Dorn and Redleg Nation Spotlight Player Matt Klinker are two that I think might be taken. Who do you think?