The Dayton Dragons issued a press release today:
Tucker Barnhart, a member of the 2011 Dayton Dragons, has been selected as the catcher on the Rawlings Minor League Baseball Gold Glove team. Only nine players (one per position) from all levels of the minor leagues were selected.
Barnhart was the only Midwest League player selected. He was also the only player from the Cincinnati Reds organization selected.
Barnhart appeared in 97 games with the Dragons in 2011 including 92 at the catcher position. He tied for the best fielding percentage among all catchers in Minor League Baseball (18 leagues) with a mark of .998, committing just two errors.
Barnhart also led the Midwest League in caught stealing percentage by throwing out 47 percent of attempted base stealers. He finished nine percent higher than the second best catcher in the league and 17 percent higher than the league average.
Please join us in congratulating our guy, Tucker Barnhart. Way to go Tucker!!!
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.