The Cincinnati Reds kept with tradition at Redsfest by handing out their team awards on Friday night. On the main stage just after 8PM the team announced the winners of their team awards at both the Minor League and Major League levels. TJ Friedl got the nod as the Minor League Hitter of the Year Award.

While TJ Friedl certainly hit well in 2018, maybe he should have also gotten the “Bunter of the Year Award” based on just how good he’s been at that. Friedl’s season was split almost evenly between Daytona and Pensacola. In the first half with the Tortugas he hit .294/.405/.412 with 38 walks and 44 strikeouts in 64 games played.

That got him promoted to Double-A to join the Blue Wahoos. In his 67 games with Pensacola he hit .276/.359/.360 with 28 walks and 56 strikeouts across 296 plate appearances. Overall he posted a .284/.381/.384 line at the plate. While the award is “HITTER” of the year, to ignore his 30 stolen bases would be silly, and I’m sure that they were considered in the voting.

9 Responses

  1. Cguy

    Atta boy, TJ. Dark horse for the Reds cf job in the 2nd half of 2019.

  2. Michael B. Green

    I firmly believe that Friedl is going to serve as a key part of the CIN OF perhaps even in the 2nd half of 2019.

    The Reds’ OF could have 2 4th OF types Rabat are perhaps more: 1) Ervin who can perhaps play all 3 spots; and 2) Friedl who perhaps is best served at CF and LF Moreno than all 3 spots.

    • MK


      To me I am not sure T.J. is athletic enough to play center at big league level. I know Doug doesn’t like us to mention him but he is a little like Peter Edward in what he lacked in athleticism he made up for in hustle. Although he played center Pete’s best position was as a corner outfielder and T.J. is probably the same.

      • Mark Suchanek

        I don’t think he’s an everyday player. He should be valuable as a 4th OF, but probably not till 2020.

      • Shawn

        I’ve never heard anyone complain about his defense. He has plus speed, 70 per Baseball America, And overall defensive grade of 55. Fringe arm brings him down. He will be a very good defender

  3. asinghoff

    Just curious, why do you think stolen bases played any part of it? If that’s something they actually look at, Billy Hamilton probably should have won the award in 2010. Would be incredibly amusing if Hamilton had hitter of the year on his resume.

    • Shawn

      Friedl also hits for average, takes walks and don’t strike out.

  4. Redsvol

    Congrats and well deserved to TJ. I love his effort and hustle. I’d love to see him develop into a key player for the reds. There is always room for a hustle guy who can run the bases on a major league roster. I’d rather see him out there than Ervin who doesn’t have a clue about base running or defense.