As a part of our 20th Season Celebration, we'll be revealing the names of the "20 Greatest Dragons" beginning February 4, 2019! These 20 Dragons legends have been selected based on a media vote of Dragons TV, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters. Players will be announced in random order every Monday and Friday leading up to the Dragons 20th Opening Night game on Thursday, April 4. Be sure to follow @DragonsBaseball on social media as we unveil our Top 20 Greatest Dragons!
Coming Soon - 2/15
When Bailey fired his first pitch with the Dragons as an 18-year-old on April 15, 2005, he was already one of the most highly-regarded prospects in all of baseball. Bailey was rated as the Reds #1 prospect that season and would hold onto that distinction entering each of the next two years as well. Bailey went 8-4 with a 4.43 ERA with the 2005 Dragons, notching 125 strikeouts in 103.2 innings. His best game came on August 11 against Clinton at Fifth Third Field when he struck out 11 batters in five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. In six of Bailey's 21 starts with the Dragons, he did not allow a run.
Bailey made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2007 and remained with the club through the 2018 season. He is best known for firing a pair of no-hitters (2012, 2013), the first by any Reds pitcher since Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988. Bailey won 42 games for the Reds over a four-year stretch from 2011-14 before batting injuries. He won 67 games during his Reds career, fourth most of any pitcher in the 2000's (behind only Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, and Aaron Harang), and his 1,001 career strikeouts rank 12th in Reds history.
Coming Soon - 3/1
Barnhart was the starting catcher on the 2011 Dragons, a team that set a club record for most wins in a half when they went 48-22 in the second half under manager Delino DeShields. The team also featured star shortstop Billy Hamilton, power-hitting first baseman Donald Lutz, ace starting pitcher Josh Smith, and all-star closer Drew Hayes. Barnhart's year in Dayton earned him recognition as an outstanding defensive catcher. Following the season, he was given Minor League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award, a big honor presented to only one player at each position throughout all the minor leagues. He caught 92 games for the 2011 Dragons; no Dragons player has caught more games since.
Barnhart reached the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2014 and has served as the starting catcher in Cincinnati over each of the last four seasons, emerging as one of the best defensive players at his position in all of baseball. In 2017, he became just the third catcher in Reds history to win a Gold Glove award at the big league level, joining Johnny Bench and Johnny Edwards. Barnhart set the Reds franchise record for highest fielding percentage by a catcher that year at .999, which led the Major Leagues.
As a hitter, Barnhart has continued to improve since he first joined the Reds. In 2017, he hit a career-high .270, and in 2018, he hit 10 home runs with Cincinnati to reach double-digits for the first time as a professional, major league or minor league. Also in 2018, Barnhart was the Reds nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for representing baseball with extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions on and off the field.
Coming Soon - 3/22
Over the course of the Dragons 20-year history, Bolivar has worn a Dragons uniform in more than twice as many games as anyone else. In fact, as the 2019 season begins, he will have been in the Dragons dugout for eight of the team's 20 years. As a player, he was the Dragons shortstop in 2003-04. He returned as the Dragons hitting coach for three seasons from 2014-16. He was named Dragons manager in 2017, a position he continues to hold heading into the 2019 season.
As a player, Bolivar represented the Dragons in the Midwest League All-Star Game in 2004, his second year with the Dayton club. The highlight of his playing days in Dayton came on April 15, 2004, when he blasted a walk-off home run to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field, just the third walk-off homer in franchise history at the time. In 2009, as a member of the Louisville Bats, Bolivar hit a home run at Fifth Third Field in the Reds Futures Game. His playing career continued through the 2010 season. In 2017, Bolivar became the first former Dragons player to serve as the team's manager, and he led the Dayton club into the second round of the Midwest League playoffs.
While playing for the Dragons, Bolivar met his future wife, Kelly, at a Dragons game. They settled in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia and have become members of the local community. The Bolivars now have four children. Following his career as a player, Luis began coaching baseball at Vandalia-Butler High School before taking a coaching position with the Reds. In 2017, Luis, a native of Venezuela, officially became an American citizen in a courthouse ceremony that was attended by every player and coach on that season's Dragons team.
Coming Soon - 3/29
Bruce spent the 2006 season with the Dragons and enjoyed a huge season after being selected in the first round of the previous June's draft. As a 19-year-old, Bruce batted .291 with 16 home runs and 81 runs batted in. He was the "Star of Stars" (MVP) of the Midwest League All-Star Game after hitting a two-run home run in the game.
Bruce made his much-anticipated Major League debut with the Reds in 2008. Despite not joining the club that season until May 27, Bruce finished the year with 21 home runs, the third highest total ever by a Reds rookie. Bruce went on to represent the Reds in three MLB all-star games and won the National League Silver Slugger Award in both 2012 and 2013. He hit at least 25 home runs for the Reds six times including a high of 34 in 2012. When Bruce was dealt by the Reds in 2016, he ranked seventh in Reds history in career home runs and was one of only six players in franchise history to have at least 1,000 hits and at least 225 home runs with the team.
Bruce has played for the Mets, Indians, and Mariners over the last three seasons. His career home run total of 286 entering the 2019 season ranked 10th among active players, and at age 32, he was younger than eight of the nine players ahead of him on the list.
Coming Soon - 2/8
Cozart first joined the Dragons for the second half of the 2007 season after being drafted by the Reds out of the University of Mississippi. He returned for the entire 2008 season and was selected as the shortstop on the Midwest League's Full-Season All-Star Team. Cozart was selected as the MWL's "Best Defensive Infielder" and was also a strong hitter, batting .280 with 14 home runs.
Cozart reached the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2011 and spent seven years as the club's starting shortstop before moving on to the Angels in 2018. Cozart's enjoyed a huge season with the Reds in 2017 when he was a starter in the Major League All-Star Game and finished the season batting .297 with 24 home runs. He ranked in the top-10 in the National League in both slugging percentage (.548) and OPS (.933). Cozart has been a finalist multiple times for the Gold Glove Award, given to the top fielder at each position.
Coming Soon - 3/18
Cueto spent most of the 2006 season with the Dragons, with a team that amazingly featured three future Major League All-Stars (Cueto, Jay Bruce, and Travis Wood). On May 13, 2006, Cueto threw the only complete game no-hitter in Dragons history, though the game was shortened by rain to five innings. He earned the Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year award for the year as he also spent time with Sarasota after a promotion. With the Dragons, Cueto went 8-1 with a 2.59 ERA. In 2013, he earned a win for the Dragons on an MLB injury rehab assignment, giving him a Dragons career record of 9-1, the best winning percentage (.900) of any pitcher in Dragons history with at least 10 decisions.
Cueto reached the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2008 and began a long, highly-successful, and still-active big league career. He enjoyed two huge seasons with Cincinnati in 2012 and 2014 as he emerged as one of the top starting pitchers of his era. In 2012, Cueto went 19-9 with a 2.79 ERA with the Reds, finishing fourth in the N.L. Cy Young Award voting. Then in 2014, he became the Reds first 20-game winner in 26 years, going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA to finish second in the Cy Young voting. He also made his first appearance that summer in the Major League All-Star Game.
In 2015, Cueto was dealt at the trade deadline to the Kansas City Royals, where he helped his new team win the 2015 World Series. Cueto is the only pitcher in Dragons history to start a World Series game, and his performance in that game was superb. It came in game two of the '15 series with Kansas City, when Cueto fired a complete game victory, allowing just two hits and one run against the Mets. Cueto has started a total of eight post-season games including three with the Reds.
By any standard, Cueto ranks as one of the top starting pitchers developed by the Reds in the last 50 years, if not the very best. Over the last half century, his 125 MLB wins ranks first among all pitchers to come through the Reds farm system, topping Tom Browning (123), Gary Nolan (110), Don Gullett (109), and Mario Soto (100). Going back a little further, Joe Nuxhall, who made his historic debut in 1944 at age 15 before joining the Reds for good in 1952, won 135 games in the big leagues. Jim Maloney, who made his debut with the Reds in 1960, won 134.
Coming Soon - 4/1
Dunn was part of the inaugural Dragons team in 2000, joined in the outfield by his future teammate with the Reds, Austin Kearns. Dunn blasted 16 home runs and drove in 79 runs with the Dragons, helping them to the semi-final round of the Midwest League playoffs.
Dunn made his MLB debut with the Reds less than 11 months after the date of his final game with the Dragons, joining the Reds on July 20, 2001. Despite not joining the Reds until after the midpoint of the 2001 season, Dunn still finished with 19 home runs and was fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting.
Dunn went on to hit 462 home runs in the Major Leagues, which ranks 37th in baseball history. He hit at least 40 home runs in five straight seasons from 2004-08, and then again in 2012. He finished in the top four in home runs in the National League six times and was selected to play in two MLB All-Star Games. He also led the N.L. in walks two times and ranks 42nd all-time in that category. Dunn spent eight years with the Reds, 14 years in the Major Leagues, and concluded his playing career in 2014.
Coming Soon - 3/15
Encarnacion joined the Dragons late in the 2001 season after being acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers earlier that summer. He then spent the entire 2002 season with the Dragons in his first full season in the Cincinnati Reds organization at the age of 19. Encarnacion represented the Dragons in the 2002 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the third baseman on the MWL Full-Season all-star team. He played in 136 of the Dragons 140 games, batting .282 with 17 home runs (tied for fourth most in the league) and 73 runs batted in. He also stole 25 bases.
Encarnacion made his Major League debut with the Reds in 2005 and emerged as the team's starting third baseman the following season when he became the youngest player to start at third on Opening Day for the Reds since Dan Driessen in 1974. By 2008, Encarnacion began to show the kind of home run power that would become his trademark. He hit 26 homers for the Reds that season before being dealt the following year to Toronto in a trade that brought all-star third baseman Scott Rolen to Cincinnati.
Encarnacion belted 42 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2012, starting a still-active streak in which he has hit at least 30 homers in seven straight seasons. He is the only big league player to finish in the top 10 in home runs in his league in each of the last seven years and now ranks third in career home runs among active players with 380, trailing only Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera. He ranks 71st in baseball history in career home runs, second only to Adam Dunn among former Dragons. He has played in three Major League all-star games, tied with Jay Bruce for the second most among former Dragons, trailing only Joey Votto's six all-star appearances. He left the Blue Jays after the 2016 season ranked third on the team's all-time franchise home run list. He spent the last two seasons with Cleveland before being traded to Seattle in December.
Coming Soon - 3/4
Frazier first joined the Dragons late in the 2007 season after being drafted that June out of Rutgers University. He opened the 2008 season with the Dragons before receiving a mid-season promotion. Frazier was drafted as a shortstop and that was his primary position with the Dragons, though he began to make the transition to other positions late in his Dragons tenure, playing first base, third base, and left field on a limited basis. The Todd Frazier who played in Dayton had the same personality that later made him a huge fan favorite in Cincinnati. He was a friendly, talkative, energetic individual who made everyone he encountered feel like he had been their longtime friend. He also had a flair for the dramatic on the field. In just the second home game of the 2008 season, Frazier blasted a "walk-off" home run, one of only 19 ever hit at Fifth Third Field. Frazier hit .321 in 2008 with the Dragons, adding seven home runs and 20 RBI in 30 games.
Frazier made his debut with the Reds in 2011 and emerged as their third baseman in 2012 when he finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. He was a starter on back-to-back Reds playoff teams in 2012 and '13. In 2014, he made his first of two straight trips to the Major League All-Star Game. His most memorable moment with the Reds may have come in 2015, when he won the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, becoming the first Reds player since Dave Parker in 1985 to win the derby outright. Frazier is also one of only three Reds third basemen in franchise history to hit at least 20 home runs and collect at least 20 stolen bases in a season, joining Aaron Boone and Chris Sabo with that distinction.
Frazier finished fourth in the National League in home runs in both 2014-15 before connecting on a career-high 40 homers in 2016 after being traded to the White Sox. Frazier spent part of the 2017 season with the Yankees before signing a big free agent contract with the Mets prior to the 2018 season. To date, he has hit 193 career home runs in the big leagues, the fifth highest total of any former Dragon. Over a four-year period from 2014-17, Frazier averaged 33 home runs per season
Coming Soon - 2/25
Gregorius, a native of the island of Curacao in the Caribbean, was the Dragons everyday shortstop throughout the 2010 season. He continued a long succession of Dragons shortstops to reach the Major Leagues, a seven-year streak that began with Paul Janish in 2005 and continued with Adam Rosales, Chris Valaika, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Miguel Rojas, Gregorius, and Billy Hamilton in 2011. Gregorius was a tall, slender athlete with the Dragons, remembered by close observers for possessing one of the strongest arms of any infielder in Dragons history. He played in 120 games for the 2010 Dragons and as a hitter, he was still developing the strength and power that would later become a trademark in the big leagues. His speed was a primary asset; he legged out 11 triples for the Dragons, just one short of the club record, and he added 16 stolen bases. He batted .273 with five home runs but showed clear potential for the future.
Gregorius moved quickly through the Reds farm system and by September of 2012, he was in the Major Leagues in Cincinnati at the young age of 22. With Cozart firmly entrenched as the starting shortstop for a Reds team that won 91 games in 2012, Gregorius was included in a three-team trade that brought starting center fielder Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati. After two seasons with Arizona, Gregorius was traded to the New York Yankees, a team in need of a shortstop after future hall-of-famer Derek Jeter had retired following the 2014 season. Gregorius became a fixture for the Yankees upon his arrival, replacing Jeter in the lineup and emerging as a star.
Gregorius has hit at least 20 home runs over each of his last three seasons with the Yankees including a career-high 27 in 2018. He hit 10 homers in the month of April for the '18 Yankees, becoming just the fourth shortstop in the last 100 years to reach double-digits in home runs through his team's first 27 games. Those efforts earned him the American League Player of the Month honor. He finished the year as the A.L. leader in fielding percentage at shortstop and for the second straight season, finished in the top-20 in the A.L. MVP voting. Still just 29 years old, Gregorius likely has many big years in his future.
Coming Soon - 4/2
Hamilton spent the entire 2011 season with the Dragons and produced a year that will likely never be matched in the history of the Midwest League, or perhaps, any other professional league. Hamilton stole 103 bases for the Dragons that season, the most at the time in the history of the Cincinnati Reds organization. He broke the Dragons club record for stolen bases before the end of May and went on to top the century mark in the final series of the season. Hamilton led the Dragons to an 83-57 record, still the best in team history. The Dragons second half record in 2011 was an amazing 48-22.
Hamilton made his MLB debut with the Reds late in the 2013 season, appearing in 13 games and stealing 13 bases. He became the only player in modern MLB history to record a stolen base in each of his first four games.
Despite changes in the game that have made base stealing more difficult, Hamilton finished the 2017 season with the sixth highest stolen base total in baseball history for the first five years of a career, even though his first season was very brief. Since his MLB debut, Hamilton leads all MLB players in steals with 277. He has also emerged as one of the greatest defensive center fielders of his era and has been a perennial finalist for the Gold Glove award.
Kearns was on the field for the first Dragons game ever played in 2000 and spent the entire season with the club. As a Dragons player, he is best remembered for his amazing streak of eight consecutive games with at least one home run from July 17-24, 2000. During the eight games, Kearns went 18 for 25 (.720) with 10 home runs, 20 runs batted in, 19 runs scored, and 10 walks. Kearns' home run streak ended two short of the all-time Minor League record set in 1928. Kearns was selected as the Midwest League's Co-Prospect of the Year in 2000, sharing the honor with Albert Pujols of Peoria.
Kearns went on to enjoy a 12-year Major League career from 2002-2013. In his first full month in the Major Leagues, he was selected as the National League's Rookie of the Month in May of 2002. Kearns was third in the N.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 2002 with the Reds when he batted .315 with 13 home runs in 107 games, posting a .907 OPS. He established career-highs in home runs (24) and runs batted in (86) with the Reds in 2006. Kearns also played for the Nationals, Indians, Yankees, and Marlins, appearing in 1,125 MLB games. He hit 121 big league home runs.
Coming Soon - 3/30
Lutz was the big hitter on the Dragons team that notched the most victories in a season of any club in franchise history-the 2011 Dragons. That season, the Dragons went 83-57 including a second half record of 48-22 with a roster that also featured Billy Hamilton and Tucker Barnhart. Lutz's 2011 year with the Dragons made him one of only two Dayton players ever to complete a season with a batting average of at least .300 while hitting at least 20 home runs (Austin Kearns is the other). He is also the only player in Dragons history to hit for the cycle in a game (single, double, triple, and home run in the same game).
Lutz played in 63 games for the Reds and became the first player raised in Germany to reach the Major Leagues. He completed his playing career in 2017 before becoming a coach in the Reds organization. In 2018, he served as the bench coach with the Arizona League Reds in Goodyear and will return there in 2019.
Coming Soon - 2/22
Mesoraco joined the Dragons in May of 2008 after being taken in the first round of the previous year's draft by the Reds. Mesoraco had been selected out of Punxsutawney High School in Pennsylvania and was just 19 years old when he arrived at Fifth Third Field. Mesoraco was a solid addition to the Dayton lineup and a key ingredient in the Dragons run to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs that season. Playing against mostly older competition, he fit into the middle of the Dragons batting order, belting nine home runs in his 83 games with the team. Mesoraco entered the final month of the season with a .280 batting average while battling a bothersome thumb injury that caused his final average to fall to .261. Mesoraco was the starting catcher in all four Dragons playoff games and had a hit or walk in each of them.
Mesoraco reached the Major Leagues with the Reds in 2011 and is one of 10 Dragons to have played in the MLB All-Star Game. He earned that selection in 2014 when he blasted 25 home runs, usually hitting fourth in the Reds batting order for a team that also included Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Brandon Phillips. Mesoraco joined Johnny Bench as the only catchers in Reds history to hit at least 25 home runs and collect at least 80 RBI in a season. He also tied a club record with home runs in five consecutive games including a grand slam to close out the streak. In fact, during the streak, Mesoraco became the first player in MLB history to hit a solo home run, two-run homer, three-run homer, and grand slam, in order, over four consecutive games, resulting in his bat being sent to the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame in Cooperstown.
Despite numerous unfortunate injuries over the next few years, Mesoraco remained with the Reds into the 2018 season before being dealt to the Mets. Still only 30 years old, he is likely to add to his career achievements.
Coming Soon - 3/8
Peña spent the entire 2001 season with the Dragons and put together a year that still stands as one of the greatest yearlong performances in franchise history. Peña was the best hitter on the top power-hitting team the Dragons have ever put on the field. He finished the season with 26 home runs, a total that still ranks third highest on the Dragons all-time list. He drove in an amazing 113 runs to set a club record that has never been approached. On August 9, 2001, he blasted three home runs in one game (one of three players in Dragons history to do so) and added another base hit to give him 13 total bases in the contest, a feat that is tied with Austin Kearns for the club record. Peña also stole 26 bases that season, a total that ranked in the top five in the Dragons single-season record book for another 10 years.
Most of all, Peña is remembered for his monstrous home runs at Fifth Third Field. Mike Vander Woude, the Dragons broadcaster from 2000-07, recalls one homer in particular.
"He hit a ball that completely cleared the top of the batter's eye in center field, left the ballpark on the fly, bounced off Sears Street, and landed in the back of a truck at Dayton Supply & Tool," says Vander Woude. "He used the biggest bat you would ever see, 36 inches, 35 ounces, and his home runs were not cheap. He was also a good athlete in center field when he played in Dayton."
Peña had a quick climb through the Reds farm system and reached the Major Leagues in the next season after his year in Dayton, 2002. By 2004, he was seeing regular playing time in the outfield for the Reds despite the presence of former Dragons Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns and future hall-of-famer Ken Griffey, Jr. Peña belted a career-high 26 home runs for the Reds in 2004 in just 336 at-bats, posting a .527 slugging percentage. The next season he added another 19 home runs for the Reds before being dealt to the Red Sox in exchange for starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
Peña was traded to the Washington Nationals in 2007 where he reunited with Kearns. He bounced around over the next few seasons before spending five years in Japan as one of the top home run hitters in the Japanese Pacific League. His last season as an active player came in 2017 in Japan at the age of 35.
Coming Soon - 2/18
In 2001, Peters was the top home run hitter on a team of power threats. In the Dragons second season of operation, they blasted 144 home runs as a team, a total that has never been approached in the years to follow. Four members of that 2001 Dragons hit at least 20 home runs and another connected on 16. Peters led the way with 28 as he surpassed Austin Kearns' 27 from the previous year to set a club record. While Wily Mo Pena hit 26 as Peters' teammate in 2001, no player since has hit more than 25. Peters still holds the Dragons club record for most home runs in a season.
Peters, at 6'7", 235 lbs., got off to a quick start in 2001 when he belted home runs in his second and third games of the season. Amazingly, Peters hit home runs in 14 of the first 32 games he started and had 22 by the end of the first half. Many of his home runs were monstrous blasts that fans talked about for days. His biggest home run came on June 10, when he came to bat with the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning against Beloit. Peters quickly ended the game with a grand slam, one of only two bases-loaded walk-off home runs in Dragons history.
"Samone Peters probably hit the ball farther than any player ever to play for the Dragons," says Marc Katz, who covered the team for the Dayton Daily News from 2000-'09. "Donnie Scott (Dragons manager at the time) told Jim Bowden (Cincinnati Reds general manager at the time) that this guy was like Mark McGwire."
Peters continued playing professional baseball through the 2006 season but never reached the Major Leagues. His home run blasts are still remembered by the Fifth Third Field faithful.
Coming Soon - 3/25
When selecting the greatest individual seasons in Dragons history, the years compiled by Siri in 2017 and Austin Kearns in 2000 are at the top of the list. Siri spent the entire 2017 season with the Dragons and led the club into the second round of the Midwest League playoffs. His name was all over the MWL leaderboard. He finished first in the league in slugging percentage, runs, total bases, hits, extra base hits, and stolen bases. He finished second in the MWL in home runs and triples. He finished fourth in runs batted in and fifth in batting average. He hit .293 with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, a .530 slugging percentage, and 46 steals. He became the first Midwest League player since 1982 to hit at least 20 home runs while stealing at least 40 bases (and the only player in Dragons history to reach those milestones). To top it off, Siri, a center fielder, was also selected by Baseball America's poll of league managers as the "Best Defensive Outfielder" in the league.
Beyond all of Siri's production, he was also responsible for one of the most exciting and dramatic achievements in the Midwest League's long history. Starting in June, continuing through July, and carrying into August, Siri had at least one hit in every game. The drama built as Siri approached the 40-year-old league record for longest hitting streak, set at 35 in 1977 by Tony Toups of the Waterloo Indians. Siri broke the record in thrilling style on July 31, 2017, drilling an 0-2 pitch into left field with his final swing of the day. He went on to extend the record to 39 straight games and became one of the all-time fan favorites at Fifth Third Field.
Coming Soon - 2/11
Turner spent the 2007 season with the Dragons as the starting second baseman on one of the greatest Dayton teams in franchise history. The 2007 Dragons opened the season by winning their first nine games and their record stood at 24-5 after 29 games. They went on to win the Eastern Division First Half title. Turner's .311 batting average in 2007 still ranks as the second highest single-season average in Dragons history among players who qualified for the batting title (minimum 378 plate appearances). Turner was also selected to the Midwest League's full-season all-star team (one player per position), one of only 20 players in Dragons history to earn that distinction. Following the 2008 season, Turner was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in a deal that brought catcher Ramon Hernandez to Cincinnati.
Turner made his Major League debut with the Orioles in 2009 and moved on to the New York Mets organization midway through the 2010 season. He established himself as a full-time big league player in 2011, but his career reached a new level when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014 as he batted .340 in 109 games as a third baseman. By 2016, Turner had emerged as a star, belting 27 home runs with the Dodgers to finish ninth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting. In 2017, he played in the MLB All-Star Game and was named the MVP of the NL Championship Series as the Dodgers beat the Cubs to go on the World Series. Turner has played in 12 World Series games and has seven post-season home runs. He has finished in the top-15 in the NL MVP voting in each of the last three seasons. He has played in 937 big league games and posted a batting average of .292 over his 10-year career. He hit .312 for the Dodgers in 2018 and was a key contributor to the team's second straight appearance in the World Series.
Coming Soon - 4/3
Votto played in 171 games over the 2003 and '04 seasons with the Dragons. In 2004, he batted .302 with 14 home runs in 111 games.
Votto made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2007 and has put together one of the greatest careers in franchise history. He won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2010 and made his first of six appearances (so far) in the MLB All-Star Game that same year. Entering the 2019 season, Votto's .427 career on-base percentage ranked 10th in Major League history, and eight of the nine players ahead of him are in the hall-of-fame.
Votto is fifth in Reds history in career home runs, fifth in doubles, ninth in hits, and seventh in games played. He is one of only three players in Reds history to produce a career batting average with Cincinnati of at least .300 with at least 250 home runs.
Coming Soon - 3/11
Winker was the star of the 2013 Dragons and the youngest hitter on the team's Opening Night roster. In his first full season of professional baseball after being drafted in the supplemental first round the previous June out of Olympia High School in the Orlando, Florida area, Winker wasted no time becoming acclimated to Midwest League pitching. He won the Dragons Batter of the Month award in each of his first two months with the team. Winker was a starting left fielder in the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game played in Dayton and won the Home Run Derby prior to the game. He finished the year batting .281 with 16 home runs and 76 runs batted in, leading the team in homers, slugging percentage, and runs scored. His efforts earned the Reds Minor League Hitter of the Year award.
Winker made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2017 at the age of 23. In 2018, he was a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year award before a shoulder injury ended his season in late July. He led the Major Leagues in hitting in July, and he hit .420 over the last 27 games he played in starting June 20. Over his two seasons with Cincinnati, Winker has batted a combined .299 with 14 home runs in 136 games, posting a career OPS of an outstanding .857. Winker's future as a big league player holds exceptional potential.