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Cincinnati Reds announce 2019 Organizational Awards

 

Mike Siani

 

FORMER DRAGONS EARN 2019 REDS ORGANIZATIONAL AWARDS

SIANI EARNS REDS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

 

Dayton, Ohio—The Cincinnati Reds have announced their 2019 Minor League Player awards, and all four players who were honored are former Dayton Dragons.

 

Aristides Aquino—Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award (Reds Minor League Player of the Year)

Packy Naughton—Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year

Jose Garcia—Reds Minor League Hitter of the Year

Michael Siani—Reds Minor League Community Service Award

 

Siani, who spent the entire 2019 season with the Dragons, was selected among all minor league players in the Reds organization for his community service efforts.  Siani participated in numerous charitable events and visits and also received the 2019 Dayton Dragons Community Service Award as well as the Reds organizational honor.  Since the Reds initiated their Minor League Community Service Award in 2011, eight of the nine annual winners have been Dayton Dragons players.

 

Aquino, who spent the 2015 season with the Dragons, becomes a two-time winner of the highest honor given to a Reds minor league player.  He also won the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award in 2016.  In 2019, Aquino played with Triple-A Louisville and blasted 28 home runs in 78 games, batting .299.  He spent the final two months of the season in the Major Leagues with the Reds and added another 19 homers to give him 47 for the year in 134 games.  Aquino was the National League Player of the Month in August when set numerous all-time MLB records for most home runs within a specific number of games to start a big league career.  Aquino hit eight home runs in his first 12 career games and 14 in his first 28 games, both MLB records.

 

Naughton spent the 2018 season with the Dragons.  In 2019, he split the year between Daytona and Chattanooga, posting a 3.38 earned run average that led the Reds organization.

 

Garcia also spent the 2018 season with the Dragons.  He played at Daytona in 2019 and batted .280 with 37 doubles, eight home runs, and 15 stolen bases.

 

Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award winners:

 

2000  Austin Kearns, Dayton

2001  Adam Dunn, Chattanooga/Louisville

2002  Brandon Larson, Louisville

2003  Stephen Smitherman, Chattanooga/Louisville

2004  Richie Gardner, Potomac/Chattanooga

2005  Chris Denorfia, Chattanooga/Louisville

2006  Homer Bailey, Sarasota/Chattanooga

2007  Jay Bruce, Sarasota/Chattanooga/Louisville

2008  Chris Valaika, Sarasota/Chattanooga

2009  Chris Heisey, Carolina/Louisville

2010  Devin Mesoraco, Lynchburg/Carolina/Louisville

2011  Billy Hamilton, Dayton

2012  Billy Hamilton, Bakersfield/Pensacola

2013  Seth Mejias-Brean, Dayton

2014  Ben Lively, Bakersfield/Pensacola

2015  Tyler Mahle, Dayton

2016  Aristides Aquino, Daytona

2017  Nick Senzel, Daytona/Pensacola

2018  Ibandel Isabel, Daytona

2019  Aristides Aquino, Louisville

 

Reds Minor League Community Service Award winners:

 

2011  Drew Hayes, Dayton

2012  El’ Hajj Muhammad, Dayton

2013  Brent Peterson, Dayton

2014  Jon Matthews, Dayton

2015  Avain Rachal, Dayton

2016  Barrett Astin, Pensacola

2017  Aaron Fossas, Dayton

2018  Leandro Santana, Dayton

2019  Michael Siani, Dayton

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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