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March 15, 2023 – Midwest League (MWL)Dayton Dragons News Release

Dayton Dragons third baseman Steven Leyton
Dayton Dragons third baseman Steven Leyton
(Dayton Dragons)

On Monday, the Dayton Dragons opened their 2023 spring training game schedule in Goodyear, Arizona against the Lake County Captains, the High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. A total of 17 spring games are scheduled in March and early April, plus several intrasquad games, all in the Phoenix area.

As noted in our shortstop preview, players often start the spring training process a level higher than they end up due to the influx of players coming down from big league camp once the Reds begin making cuts from their major league roster. As players are trimmed from major league camp, they move to the minor league side. The Reds began the spring with 66 players in big league camp. After a round of cuts on Tuesday that included former Dragons Elly De La Cruz and Matt McLain, their roster stands at 48 players. They will finish with 26. With each round of cuts, there is a trickle-down effect on the minor league rosters. The Dragons lineup on Monday included only a couple of players that are likely to open the year in Dayton, and a lot of guys who will start with Single-A Daytona. The lineup for Double-A Chattanooga had several potential 2023 Dragons, including Tyler Callihan, Austin Hendrick, Austin Callahan, and Daniel Vellojin.

There are approximately 178 players currently in Reds minor league camp competing for jobs with the Reds four full-season farm clubs including the Dragons.

The Dragons annual home opening night game at Day Air Ballpark is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th against the Great Lakes Loons at 7:05 p.m. The Dragons will open their 23rd season in the Midwest League with a road series at the Lake County Captains in Eastlake, Ohio beginning Thursday, April 6th at 6:35 p.m.

Dragons single-game tickets and season ticket plans are available now. The season ticket plans feature the Dragons new Business Club and Family Club and are loaded with special benefits. Call the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 or go to for more information.

This is part five of an eight-part series previewing the 2023 Dragons. Players listed here are candidates for positions on the Dragons season-opening roster.

This preview is an unofficial projection of possible roster candidates. Minor League rosters are not established until April 4. Spring training variables including performance, injuries, trades, and additional…

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