Drew Stubbs – 2007 Dayton Dragons
Drew Stubbs hit the Queen City in a big way this week. The outfielder’s anticipated promotion to the Cincinnati Reds roster was highlighted with his first Major League home run in the 10th inning on Thursday night to defeat the San Francisco Giants 2-1.
Before making it to the big show, Stubbs cut his teeth just down Interstate-75 with the Class A Dayton Dragons. The Reds’ first round draft pick in the 2006 amateur draft, eighth overall, became the 36th Dragons’ alumni to make it to the Major League level.
In 2007, during his only season in Dayton, Stubbs batted .270 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs in 129 games, including an 11-game hit streak to start the year. His performance earned him a spot in the Midwest League All-Star Game. He led the Dragons with 93 runs scored and 23 stolen bases.
That season was also the last time the Dragons ventured into the post season. After winning the Eastern Division during the first half of the season, Dayton lost in the opening round of the playoffs to the South Bend Silver Hawks.
Following his season in the Gem City, Stubbs rocketed through the Reds organization in 2008. He spent most of the season with the Reds’ other Class A affiliate the Sarasota Reds before spending 26 games with the Chattanooga Lookouts in Class AA and ending the season in AAA ball with Louisville Bats.
Earlier this year, Stubbs represented Cincinnati on the U.S. team in the Future Stars Game during the All-Star festivities in St. Louis.