Today is Opening Day for the minor league teams, so we're combining our final team preview with an open thread. Click on the links for either GameDay or the live box score for each game.
Our final preview is of the Reds Class A affiliate since 1999, the Dayton Dragons. This is a truly unique minor league team. They average 8,375 fans a game, which is 116% of the stadium's capacity. They are in the top 10 in all of minor league baseball in yearly attendance, and they have a season ticket waiting list of 9,000 people. Of course, this also happened.
City: Dayton, OH
League Affiliation: Midwest League (Class A
2009 Record: 59-80
Best Hitter Last Year: Carlos Mendez (.308 BA)
Best Pitcher Last Year: Matt Fairel (2.93 ERA)
Most Home Runs Last Year: Cody Puckett (19)
Most Strikeouts Last Year: Matt Fairel (107)
Lineups and more after the jump!
The Dragons play at 5/3 Field. It seats 7,230, plus 29 luxury suites(!) and 3 party decks.
Who knew Dayton could be so beautiful?
2010 Projected Lineup
OF-Andrew Means, Alex Oliveras, Byron Wiley
Bullpen: Donnie Joseph (Closer)
The prospects to watch on this team are Fleury, Rodriguez, Gregorius, Means, Wiley, Pearl, Sulbaran, and Joseph. Needless to say, this team should be better than last year. Offensively they might struggle a bit, but they've got good pitching and should play excellent defense. (Like Reds, like Dragons I suppose)
Enjoy the minor league games tonight, and feel free to discuss below!