The Cincinnati Reds have announced a Futures Game against prospects in their farm system, scheduled for Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:35 p.m. at Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons (Low A; Midwest League).
The Reds will take the field against a team consisting of their best minor league prospects currently playing at the Triple-A, Double-A, and Single-A levels. Dragons fans will have the opportunity to see today’s Reds players as well as many of the players expected to be key contributors in Cincinnati in years to come—all on the same day.
The game will mark the second Reds Futures Game at Fifth Third Field. The first, played on April 4, 2009, was an immediate sell-out when ticket sales began.
“This game will be an exciting event for our fans at Fifth Third Field,” said Robert Murphy, President of the Dragons. “Many of the top Dragons players from past years will play in this game, either as members of the Reds or with the Futures team. t is a rare opportunity to see the Reds’ major leaguers and their top prospects from all levels of the minor leagues, all on the same field in Dayton. We look forward to welcoming back our former Dragons players who have gone on to become Major Leaguers, and this game also allows our fans to see recent Dragons players who are still climbing through the farm system.”
The Reds defeated the Futures team, 9-6, in 2009 in a game that featured five home runs including shots by Edwin Encarnacion for the big league club and a three-run homer by then-prospect Todd Frazier, playing for the Futures Team, that landed on the roof of the concessions building in left field. Johnny Cueto was the starting pitcher for the Reds. The Futures Team also included Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey, Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco, and Juan Francisco among others.