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April 2, 2024 – Midwest League (MWL)
Dayton Dragons News Release

Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Dragons, in conjunction with the Cincinnati Reds, announced a prospect-filled Dragons projected opening night roster today that includes the Reds last two top draft picks. The Dragons will open their 24th season in the Midwest League at Day Air Ballpark on Friday, April 5th against the Lansing Lugnuts at 7:05 p.m.

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The Dragons projected opening night roster is headed by Rhett Lowder, the Reds first round draft pick (seventh overall pick) in 2023 out of Wake Forest University, who will make his professional debut in 2024. Lowder enjoyed one of the finest seasons in college baseball history in 2023 at Wake Forest, earning First Team All-American honors and his second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year Award.

The Dragons roster also includes third baseman Cam Collier, the Reds first round draft pick (18th overall pick) in 2022. Collier, just 19 years old, played for Single-A Daytona in 2023. This is only the third time in Dragons history that the Dayton roster will feature the Reds two most recent number one draft picks (this also occurred in 2000 and 2014).

The Dragons roster is also loaded with many other high-level prospects within the Reds organization. In fact, five of the top-10 Reds prospects on the Baseball America Reds top-30 list will start the season in Dayton. The Dragons will also feature center fielder/second baseman Carlos Jorge (Reds #6 prospect); third baseman Sal Stewart (Reds #7 prospect), and middle infielder Leonardo Balcazar (Reds #8 prospect).

Additionally, shortstop Victor Acosta is ranked #19 by Baseball America, and outfielder Hector Rodriguez is ranked #20, giving the Dragons seven players ranked among the Reds top-20 by Baseball America. Outfielder Ethan O’Donnell and Jay Allen II do not appear on the Baseball America Reds top-30 list, but they are both on the MLB Pipeline Reds top-30 list, with O’Donnell at #23 and Allen at #25, giving the Dragons nine players within the Reds top-25 on the MLB Pipeline list.

The Dayton roster includes 15 players who spent all or part of the 2023 season with the Dragons, including fan-favorite first baseman Ruben Ibarra, who finished tied for the team lead in both home runs (18) and RBI (63) last season. Ibarra is eight home runs short of the all-time Dragons…

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