Lyon Richardson was the Cincinnati Reds 2nd round pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. That was just over a year ago. He would spend his 1st season in Greeneville. The then 18-year-old had some struggles in his first taste of professional baseball. Things have gone better this season in Dayton for the right-handed pitcher and on Wednesday night he put together his best outing of his career.
Riding a 9-game winning streak, the Dayton Dragons handed the ball to Lyon Richardson looking to make it a double-digit winning streak. And the 19-year-old came up big. Through 5-innings he had allowed just two singles, both on ground balls up the middle. He also walked a batter in the 4th inning. But that was it. That is, until the 6th inning. West Michigan got on the board in that inning, twice, but it wasn’t so much the fault of Richardson, who had to work around two different throwing errors in the inning.
At the end of his day, which came to a close after that 6th inning, he had allowed just two hits, walked one batter, and he racked up seven strikeouts. It was only the second time in his young career that he had completed 6.0 innings. It was only the second time that he had racked up seven strikeouts (never more) in his young career. When you put the two together, along with no earned runs, and you’re looking at the best start of his career.
For the season, Lyon Richardson has a 4.10 ERA through 13 starts. He’s shown good control, walking just 18 batters in 59.1 innings. That’s a 6.9% walk rate. He’s struck out 50 batters on the season. That’s a 19.2% strikeout rate.
Brian Rey puts on a show
The season began for Brian Rey back in Goodyear. When the regular season began he stuck back in extended spring training. But in Mid-May he got the call up to join the Dayton Dragons. And he’s been a difference maker ever since in a Dragons lineup that was really struggling to find any sort of offense. On Wednesday night he, like Richardson, played a key role in the Dayton win.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, Brian Rey just cleared the fence with his 5th home run of the season to put the Dragons up 1-0. In a tie game in the top of the 8th inning with 2 outs and the go-ahead run on second base, he made a nice sliding catch down the line in left field to end the inning and keep the game tied up. It proved pivotal as Dayton took the lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Darlin Guzman out to a hot start in the Dominican Summer League
Last year saw Darlin Guzman get out to an outstanding start to his professional career. The then 17-year-old hit .310/.359/.621 in June of 2018. Things slowed down a bit for the teenager from there, but he finished with a .251/.326/.450 line with 8 doubles, 7 triples, and 4 home runs in 49 games played. The power was big, and for a 17-year-old, it was huge.
This season he’s out to another hot start. The now 18-year-old outfielder went 3-5 with a double on Wednesday afternoon for the DSL Reds. It was his 7th game of the season and he’s now hitting .444/.500/.815. He’s racked up 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 home runs already. The left-handed hitter has also walked twice and struck out just 4 times.