Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 10/23/14
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If one were to pick which minor league team of the Reds had the best 2011, it would have to be the Single-A affiliate Dayton Dragons. Under manager Delino DeShields (and I love that he's their manager and I don't know why), they finished 83-57, good enough to finish first and win their third division title, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. They could also boast having some of the most promising prospects in the Reds organization, including as mentioned in the previous posts, the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the Year in Billy Hamilton, as well as the Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year Josh Smith. Let's not forget Tucker Barnhart who won the Minor League Gold Glove for catching, and Daniel Corcino, or Johnny Cueto 2.0. If that weren't enough, there was also 1B Donald Lutz, SP Kyle Lotzkar, and 2B Ronald Torreyes who hit .356 but was recently sent to Chicago as part of the Sean Marshall trade. They probably could have given the Astros ...
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