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Reds honor De La Nuez as top amateur scout

West Coast Cross Checker Rex De La Nuez on Tuesday received the Barton Scout of the Year Award, presented at the Reds Player Development Complex by Larry Barton Jr., Jeff Barton’s wife Karen and their daughters Makenna and Avery. The award will be presented annually to a Reds amateur scout who exemplifies the spirit of three generations of scouting excellence in the Barton family (Larry Sr., Larry Jr., Jeff). De La Nuez so far has signed six players who reached the Major Leagues, including Jon Moscot, Zach Vincej, Brad Boxberger, Chris Valaika, Josh Ravin and Josh Roenicke. Pictured from left to right, Karen Barton, Larry Barton Jr., vice president of amateur scouting Chris Buckley and Rex De La Nuez. (Photo Courtesy of The Cincinnati Reds)