On Wednesday afternoon the Midwest League and Minor League Baseball announced that Dayton Dragons pitcher Jared Lyons had been named the league’s Pitcher of the Month for May.

The month of May got out to a strong start for Jared Lyons. On the 4th he faced off against West Michigan and threw 5.0 shutout innings against the Whitecaps with two walks and seven strikeouts. He followed that up with a 6-inning, 1-hit performance against Lake County. He picked up six more strikeouts that night against the Captains.

A week later he returned to the mound to face off against Great Lakes and they scored the first earned run against him on the month as he fired off six more innings of baseball while striking out five and walking two. Lyons capped off the month with a 10 strikeout performance on the 26th against Quad Cities. The River Bandits had three hits and scored two runs in the game. That bumped up his ERA for the month to 1.17.

Over his 23.0 innings in four starts he allowed just 12 hits and three earned runs. Lyons walked just seven batters, gave up two home runs, and he struck out 28 of the 84 batters he faced during the month. Opposing hitters managed a .156 batting average, a .226 on-base percentage, and just a .247 slugging percentage.

It was a strong rebound from a tough April where he had an ERA of 5.28 in 15.1 innings over his four starts. Lyons struggled with his control during the first month of the season, walking 13 batters to go along with 18 strikeouts.

Jared Lyons is the first Cincinnati Reds prospect to be named player of the month for their league this year. He’s only the fifth Dayton pitcher to be given the award. The Dragons went 10 years before their first one (Minor League Baseball began the award in 2005). That went to Tyler Mahle in July of 2015. The most recent winner before Lyons was Julian Aguiar who also won the award for May in 2023. May could be the Dragons month because in 2022 it was Joe Boyle who won the award.

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6 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Lyons as well as Rivera at Dayton, Abel at AA and Spiers at AAA each seem like college guys with average stuff and strong pitchability. These guys are valuable to have for 5th starter/long reliever rolls, or even as add-ons in trades to help the ML club.

  2. Mauired

    He seems to be really paying off as a 14th rounder. What kind of stuff does he have?

    • Tom Nichols

      One of the best 12/6 curveballs in the organization. Vertical break is off the charts. Fastball is 92-94.

      • Tom Nichols

        He is out, however, with a shoulder injury.

      • Randy in Chatt

        Thanks for your reports Tom. Always appreciated.

  3. Mauired

    I have to give Reds front office credit. In the last 5 years or so they have a lot of late draft picks surprisingly making majors.

    Ashcraft, Hurtubise, Friedl, Dunn, Lyons, and Aguiar all late picks or undrafted.