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Better know Your Minor League Affiliate: Dayton Dragons PLUS, TODAY ONLY, BONUS MINOR LEAGUE OPEN THREAD!!!

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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.

Tonight's Starters:
Louisville at Toledo, 5:30 p.m.-Sam LeCure
Carolina at Birmingham, 8:05 p.m.-Matt Klinker
Lynchburg vs. Frederick, 6:05 p.m.-Matt Fairel
Dayton vs. Lansing, 7:00 p.m.-Josh Ravin

 

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.


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Dayton Dragons

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 Stadium:

The Dragons play at 5/3 Field.  It seats 7,230, plus 29 luxury suites(!) and 3 party decks.

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Who knew Dayton could be so beautiful?

 

2010 Projected Lineup

C-Mark Fleury
1B-Chris Richburg
2B-Henry Rodriguez
3B-Frank Pfister
SS-DiDi Gregorius
OF-Andrew Means, Alex Oliveras, Byron Wiley

 Rotation:
Josh Ravin
Brian Pearl
Pedro Villareal
J.C. Sulbaran
Jacob Johnson

Bullpen: Donnie Joseph (Closer)
Nick Christiani
Ezequiel Infante
Junior Martinez
Doug Salinas
Justin Walker
Chase Ware

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!