From the Dragons press release:
“We probably have more players still to come back than we normally would have at this point in the spring, but for the most part, your (Dayton’s) roster is set. There will be a few changes still to be made, but not many.” said Terry Reynolds, Reds Director of Player Development.
Among the players that Reynolds expects to be in the starting lineup for the Dragons on opening night is infielder Todd Frazier, the Reds supplemental first round draft pick last June. He also named third baseman Brandon Waring, who hit a combined 47 home runs last year between college baseball and his first professional season, as a possible member of the Dragons infield.
If Frazier and Waring do come to Dayton, the Dragons would have two of the top four home run hitters in all of NCAA Division I college baseball from last spring in their lineup.
“You should be pretty strong with those two,” said Reynolds. “Those are two players that we like a lot. Most of the Dayton players will be players from our Billings club last year.”
Both Frazier and Waring saw very brief action with the Dragons last summer.
Frazier played in six games with the Dragons and batted .318 with two home runs. Before coming to Dayton, he played in 41 games at Billings in the Pioneer League, batting .319 with five home runs. He was named the #1 prospect in the Pioneer League by Baseball America based on a poll of league managers.
Frazier completed his college career last spring at Rutgers University, hitting 22 home runs in 2007, the fourth highest total in the nation.
Assuming they can duplicate their power from ’07, there should be some balls flying out of 5th 3rd Field in Dayton this summer.