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ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Surprise Saguaros Win the AFL Championship
The Surprise Saguaros, which featured eight Reds prospects, captured its second consecutive AFL title on Saturday.
The Saguaros capped off an AFL season that saw them finish the regular season in first place with a victory in their final game. Entering the ninth inning with a 6-1 lead, the Saguaros held off a ferocious comeback by the Peoria Javelinas and took home the championship, 6-5.
Dayton Dragon pitcher Andrew Moore, who was named to the National League Fall Stars team earlier in the AFL season, pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief with three strikeouts. Louisville Bats outfielder Jacob Hurtubise also saw action in the final game, getting the start and reaching base three times with a single and two walks.
- Bryce Hubbart, LHP (A Daytona)
- Zach Maxwell, RHP (A+ Dayton)
- Andrew Moore, RHP (A+ Dayton)
- Jayvien Sandridge, LHP (AA Chattanooga)
- Carson Spiers, RHP (AA Chattanooga)
- Michael Trautwein (AA Chattanooga)
- Austin Callahan (AA Chattanooga)
- Jacob Hurtubise (AAA Louisville)
- Mike Jacobs (AAA Louisville)
- Josh Hobson (A+ Dayton)
Baseball America Selects Blake Dunn as Reds Minor League Player of the Year
Blake Dunn, star outfielder for the Dayton Dragons over the first two months of the 2023 season, has been selected by Baseball America as the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the Year.
Baseball America is the trade publication for Minor League Baseball and has covered the sport for more than 40 years, pioneering the creation of “top prospect” lists in the 1980’s. The Reds will name their official Minor League Player of the Year, known at the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award, at Redsfest on December 1. Dunn is certain to be one of the leading candidates for that award as well.
Dunn began the 2023 season with the Dragons and appeared in 47 games, logging more than 200 plate appearances, before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on June 6. While with the Dragons, he was named Reds Minor League Player of the Month and Midwest League Player of the Month for April when he batted .386 with five home runs, 11 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.240. Dunn finished his time with the Dragons with eight home runs and 19 stolen bases.
Dunn continued to play at an all-star level at Chattanooga and won the Southern League batting title, hitting .332 with the Lookouts while adding 15 home runs and 35 stolen bases. Combining his stats between Dayton and Chattanooga, Dunn became just the second Reds prospect in modern day Minor League Baseball history (starting in 1963) to compile at least 20 home runs and 50 stolen bases in the same season. Gary Redus reached the same milestone in 1982 and was the only player prior to Dunn to reach the 20 homer/50 steal parameter.
Dunn’s final combined numbers in 2023 included 124 games played with a batting average of .312, 23 home runs, 54 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .425, a slugging percentage of .522, and an OPS of .947. Dunn was also known for his many amazing diving and leaping catches in the outfield.
The selection of Dunn marked the second straight year in which Baseball America selected, as Reds Minor League Player of the Year, a prospect who had started the year with the Dragons and finished with Chattanooga. In 2022, Elly De La Cruz followed the same path to earn the award.
Dunn was the Reds 15th round draft pick in 2021 out of Western Michigan University. He enjoyed a legendary high school career in Michigan, earning 16 varsity letters and setting records in four sports, competing in baseball, football, basketball, and track.
Reds Farm System Ranked #5 in Latest Rankings
On August 15, MLB Pipeline revealed its latest club farm system rankings. Despite the likes of Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain graduating from prospect status, the Reds maintained their preseason position as the fifth-best farm system in baseball thanks to a deep talent pool boosted by last year’s trades and an exceptional First-Year Player Draft this July.
The organization currently boasts five players in the Top 100 rankings—in fact, all five fall inside the Top 75: shortstop Noelvi Marte (24), pitcher and 2023 first round pick Rhett Lowder (44), shortstop Edwin Arroyo (61), infielder Christian Encarnacion-Strand (72) and pitcher Connor Phillips (73). Fellow highly touted prospects Cam Collier, Chase Petty continue to ascend the rankings and attract national attention with their play this season, making it only a matter of time until they crack the Top 100.
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2023 MLB DRAFT
The Reds continued stockpiling their already robust farm system with young talent in the 2023 MLB First-Year Player Draft which wrapped up on Tuesday. Reds beat reporter for MLB.com Mark Sheldon provides complete coverage on the three-day event.
JIM CALLIS TALKS REDS DRAFT
Bally Sports Ohio and Reds broadcaster Jim Day welcomed MLB Pipeline Senior Writer Jim Callis on his podcast to discuss the 2023 MLB Draft. Hear why Jim ranked the Reds’ draft class as the best in baseball and learn more about the national perspective on the Reds and their growing crop of young talent.
Reds draft RHP Rhett Lowder No. 7
Reds draft RHP Floyd No. 38
Reds draft SS Stafura No. 43
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