It’s not as prestigious as the Heisman Trophy or the Cy Young Award, but it’s an honor Kris Negron isn’t about to throw away.
You have to be in the big leagues to get it.
The Vanden High grad was named Most Outstanding Player in the Ohio Cup – the annual interleague series between Negron’s Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians – after batting .538 (7 for 13) with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and five RBIs.
That pushed Negron’s season average to .302 and gave him three home runs in 43 at-bats – matching his total in 219 at-bats with Triple-A Louisville in the International League.
“He’s a guy that seized the opportunity,” Reds manager Bryan Price told MLB.com. “He hasn’t become a callous Triple-A player, and I think, unfortunately, that’s what happens. I don’t think it’s uncommon. I do think it’s human instinct: sometimes you wonder what you’ve got to do to get yourself out of Triple-A.”
He’s doing enough with the Reds to make a splash and be featured in an MLB.com feature titled “Negron seizing Majors opportunity with Reds” by Manny Randhawa.
“You just never give up,” Negron told Randhawa. “I’ve been wanting to get up here and play my entire life, and you’re not going to have a bad attitude or not give it my all. So I just told myself: ‘You know what, I’m just going to play as hard as I can and leave it up to whoever’s hands it’s in.'”