Cincinnati Reds: 2018 Minor League Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 27: Cincinnati Reds Outfield Jesse Winker (33) slides safely into 2nd with a double during a MLB game between the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds on April 27, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Reds defeated the Twins 15-9. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 27: Cincinnati Reds Outfield Jesse Winker (33) slides safely into 2nd with a double during a MLB game between the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds on April 27, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Reds defeated the Twins 15-9. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 9: Cody Reeed #25 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Cody Reed /

The Cincinnati Reds again struggled at the big league level in 2018, but there were signs that things could be turning around very soon in their minor league system.

As part of our continuing coverage at Call to the Pen of the minor leagues, we will be covering each organization’s top players for 2018. The coverage will go in reverse order of record. Today, we will look at the Cincinnati Reds.

We are going to review the system’s leaders for each organization statistically, then choose one hitter and one pitcher to honor for every team. This will be primarily based on statistical performance, though some “age relative to level” could come into play, so a very impressive season from a 28-year-old in AA will rank below a nearly as impressive season from a 20-year-old at the same level.

After we review each organization’s hitter and pitcher of the year, we will close out October with Call To The Pen’s Minor League team of the year. That will lead into November starting our team top 10 prospect lists. In other words, there will be plenty of minor league content on the way at CTTP, so keep coming back for more each day this offseason!!

Cincinnati Reds minor leagues

The Cincinnati Reds have averaged 93 losses per season over the last five years, all but one of which has been spent in the National League Central division cellar. The high draft picks associated with those poor records are beginning to finally take stock, however, which could lead to brighter days on the horizon.

While injuries slowed the progress of some of the premium guys in the Reds system, there was plenty to like about how players developed throughout the system on the year as a Cincinnati Reds fan, including the work at the major leagues of a number of rookies. The 2019 season could see a similar positive influx of young players as the team begins its upward trajectory.

Before we offer up awards on the season, let’s take a look at the system’s statistical leaders:

Organization Leaders (min. 150 PA, 50 IP)

BA: Brandon Dixon .346
OBP: Fidel Castro .407
SLG: Brandon Dixon .570
OPS: Brandon Dixon .958
R: TJ Friedl 87
H: Gabriel Guerrero 147
2B: Josh VanMeter 35
3B: Jose Siri 11
HR: Ibandel Isabel 35
RBI: Gabriel Guerrero 81
SB: Jeter Downs 37
TB: Gabriel Guerrero 238

W: Scott Moss 15
G: Jimmy Herget 50
GS: Packy Naughton and Daniel Wright 28
IP: Packy Naughton 154
SV: Kevin Quackenbush 25
K: Vladimir Gutierrez 145
ERA: Jose Salvador 1.18
WHIP: Josiah Gray 0.88
K/9: Ryan Hendrix 13.9
K/BB: Kevin Canelon 6.00