Another story written by the Dragons beat writer that some may find interesting. Torreyes is 5'7" for those who keep reading different dimensions all over the map.
DAYTON — On a given night, at least two or three scouts from other organizations visit Fifth Third Field to study one team or both.
They are free with their opinions, but need to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.
Here’s a sampling of recent observations about Dragons players:
• Catcher Tucker Barnhart (.270, 2 home runs, 32 RBIs, throwing out 46 percent of runners trying to steal): “I can see him in the big leagues. He’s showing his durability, which would have been a question at his size (5 feet 8).”
• Shortstop Billy Hamilton (.255, 75 stolen bases): “He’s got the arm and the speed for center field. ... He’s a big-leaguer if he can ‘steal first base’ enough to hit .260, because that speed plays. ... Loves the game.”
• Second baseman Ronald Torreyes (.390, 2 homers, 22 RBIs): “The Reds list him at 5-10 (laughter). ... His size (about 5-6) shouldn’t be an issue except on line drives over his head that he can’t reach.”
• Third baseman David Vidal (.296, 15 homers, 65 RBIs): “Lot of mustard on that hot dog. He can hit, but I’d like to see him lose some of that.”
• First baseman Don ald Lutz (.270, 16 homers, 45 RBIs): “Profiles better than (teammate Dominic) D’Anna (who leads team in RBIs). ... Really starting to show his power. ... He runs better than you’d think for his size (6-2, 230-pounds).”
• Outfielder Yorman Rodriguez (.264, 7 homers, 40 RBIs, 20 stolen bases): “He’s not getting enough out of his tools.”
Torreyes, Renken honored: Torreyes’ hot July was not lost on Dragons fans, who voted him player of the month, along with pitcher Daniel Renken, who is now at high-A Bakersfield (Calif.)
Torreyes batted .386 with two home runs and 17 RBIs for the month. He finished tied for first in the Midwest League in hits, second in average and tied for second in runs. Renken was 3-0 with a 0.93 earned-run average in five starts.
Gone for good: There are times when minor leaguers drop down a level to help a team in the playoffs, but that’s not going to happen with Renken, who won his first start for Bakersfield on Tuesday.
“He ain’t coming back,” said Dragons manager Delino DeShields. “He’s a distant memory.”
No curveballs: Team president Bob Murphy was a guest Wednesday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” along with part owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson. They discussed the Dragons’ record sellout streak.
Murphy said fill-in host Steve Bunin’s questioning was fair and the experience positive.