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Wily Mo Pena named ’20 Greatest Dayton Dragons’ player


Wily Mo Pena with Dragons

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons recently announced the next name on their list of “20 Greatest Dragons.” The player recognition is part of the organization’s 20th Season Celebration.  Players selected on the list of 20 are being announced in random order.


Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:


Wily Mo Peña


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.


Peña is the 10th former Dragons announced among the 20 Greatest Dragons.  Austin Kearns, Zack Cozart, Justin Turner, Homer Bailey, Samone Peters, Devin Mesoraco, Didi Gregorius, Tucker Barnhart, and Todd Frazier were previously announced.


The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters.  Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.

Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:




Dragons roster transaction for June 5, 2019

June 5, 2019


The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:


Right-handed pitcher Jared Solomon has been transferred to Dayton from Daytona.  He will start tonight’s game at West Michigan.


Right-handed pitcher Carlos Machorro has been transferred from Dayton to Daytona.




Dragon’s Manzanero named to Midwest League All-Star Game


Dayton, Ohio—Dayton Dragons catcher Pabel Manzanero (pah-BELL mahn-zuh-NAIR-oh) has been selected to play in the 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game on June 18, hosted by the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana.

Pabel Manzanero


Manzanero has been with the Dragons throughout the 2019 season, primarily serving as the team’s #4 hitter in the lineup.  He has started 45 games including 28 at the catcher position, 12 at first base, and five as the designated hitter.  Manzanero is batting .279 with a team-leading six home runs and 21 runs batted in.


A complete listing of every Dragons player ever selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game (2000-2018) is available on page 92 of the Dragons 2019 Media guide at this link:


Dragons at West Michigan Game Notes for Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Dragons GameDay

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Game # 59

Fifth Third Ballpark l Comstock Park, Mich. l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE

Dayton Dragons (19-39) at West Michigan Whitecaps (20-38)

RH Jared Solomon (0-3, 3.86) vs. RH Robbie Welhaf (2-0, 0.68)

Today’s Game: The Dayton Dragons (affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) meet the West Michigan Whitecaps (affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) in the second game of a three-game series.

Streaks:  The Dragons have won two straight games and three of their last four after losing eight of the previous nine.

Last Game:  Tuesday:  Dayton 3, West Michigan 2.  Starting pitcher Ricky Salinas and relievers Alexis Diaz and Eddie Demurias combined to scatter eight hits and allow only one earned run.  The Dragons scored all of their runs in the first two innings, getting an RBI single from Pabel Manzanero in the first and a two-run single by Michael Siani in the second.  Siani led the 10-hit attack with two hits and a walk.  Brian Rey had two doubles and a run scored.  The Dragons stole four bases in the game.  They had not stolen four bases in an entire series since they stole seven vs. Great Lakes April 25-28.  The game was the first win for the Dragons in 2019 in a game in which they scored three runs or less (they were 0-24 in those games prior to Tuesday).


Team Notes

  • A win tonight would give the Dragons their first three-game winning streak of 2019.  They have won two straight games three times.
  • The Dragons 2.78 ERA over the last eight days ranks second in the Midwest League behind Kane County’s 2.02.  The Dragons have issued just 18 walks over this time period, the fewest in the league.
  • While the Dragons rank last in the league in team ERA for the year at 4.81, they rank fourth in the league in team ERA since May 11 (23 games) at 3.84.

Individual Notes

  • Morgan Lofstrom over his last eight games is batting .500 (12 for 24), 1 HR, 7 RBI.
  • Pabel Manzanero is batting .344 (21 for 61) over his last 16 games. 
  • Michael Siani is batting .323 (10 for 31) with a .645 slugging percentage (2 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B) over his last nine games.
  • Reliever Matt Pidich over his last five games:  10 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 9 SO.
  • Reliever Alexis Diaz over his last three games:  8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 SO.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers (Game times are Dayton time) (All games on WONE 980 AM and

Thursday, June 6 (7:05 p.m.):  Dayton RH Jhon De Jesus (1-5, 5.88) at West Michigan RH Wilkel Hernandez (4-5, 4.43)


Friday, June 7 (7:00 p.m.):  Fort Wayne TBA at Dayton RH Lyon Richardson (0-4, 4.84)

Saturday, June 8 (7:08 p.m.):  Fort Wayne TBA at Dayton RH James Marinan (2-6, 5.13)

Sunday, June 9 (2:08 p.m.):  Fort Wayne TBA at Dayton RH Ricky Salinas (2-3, 4.95)




Salinas sharp as Dragons edge out 3-2 win at West Michigan on Monday

June 4, 2019


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Dayton (R-H-E): 3-10-1

West Michigan (R-H-E): 2-8-1


Win: Ricky Salinas (2-3)

Loss: Adam Wolf (2-7)

Save: Eddy Demurias (1)

HRDayton: None

HRWest Michigan:  None


Comstock Park, Mich.—Dayton starting pitcher Ricky Salinas combined with two relievers to scatter eight hits as the Dragons defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 3-2 on Tuesday night.  The win was the second straight for the Dragons and their third in the last four games.


Ricky Salinas (2-3) was outstanding over his six innings of work to earn the win.  He allowed just one unearned run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.  Relievers Alexis Diaz and Eddie Demurias handled the final three innings to close out the Dragons victory.

Ricky Salinas was brilliant for 6 innings


The Dragons got off to a quick start with one run in the top of the first inning and two more in the second.  In the first, Miles Gordon singled with one out, stole second, and eventually scored on a two-out single through the middle by Pabel Manzanero to make it 1-0. In the second, Brian Rey doubled down the left field line with two outs and Randy Ventura’s infield single moved Rey to third.  Ventura stole second, and Michael Siani’s single to center brought in both Rey and Ventura to make it 3-0.


West Michigan got on the board in the sixth, taking advantage of a throwing error by Salinas on a bunt play to score an unearned run and pull to within two runs at 3-1.


Diaz replaced Salinas to start the seventh.  He retired the Whitecaps in order in the inning, notching two strikeouts.  But in the eighth, West Michigan collected a pair of hits and had two runners on base with two outs when Avery Tuck hit a high pop-up to shallow right field.  Ventura, the Dragons second baseman, appeared to have an easy play, but he lost the ball in the twilight sky and it fell for a hit, bringing in one run to make it 3-2.  With runners at second and third, Diaz struck out the next hitter to end the inning and preserve the lead.


Demurias entered the game to pitch the ninth inning and retired the first two batters before issuing a walk to put the tying run on base. But he got the Whitecaps top prospect, Parker Meadows, to pop out to short left field to end the game.  Demurias notched his first save of the season.


The Dragons finished the night with 10 hits.  Siani led the way with two hits, a walk, and two runs batted in.  Rey had two doubles.


Prior to the game, Dragons manager Luis Bolivar expressed his desire to see the team steal more bases with the additions of speedy runners Gordon and Ventura.  The Dragons stole four bases on Tuesday night, including two by Ventura and one each by Gordon and Siani.  They have 45 steals in 58 games on the year.


Notes:  On Monday, the Dragons received first baseman Bren Spillane from extended spring training and assigned outfielder Reniel Ozuna to the Billings roster.  Spillane played in 32 games for the Dragons earlier this season before being sent to Goodyear, Arizona, batting .150 with four home runs.


Up Next:  The Dragons (19-39) battle the Whitecaps (20-38) in the second game of the series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.  Jared Solomon (0-3, 3.86) will be activated before the game and will start for the Dragons.  Robbie Welhaf (2-0, 0.68) will start for West Michigan.


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