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03-30-2008, 01:13 AM
Dragons manager expects team to light up scoreboard
Dayton should have speed at the top of the lineup, followed by power to spare.

By Kyle Nagel

Staff Writer

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Donnie Scott, the Dayton Dragons manager, had a few minutes before a Friday, March 28, spring training game to discuss the forming version of his newest Dragons team.

"Where should I start?" Scott said.

First with Scott, who will open his fifth season with the Dragons when the team travels to face the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday to begin the organization's ninth year in Dayton. Their first home game will be April 7 against Fort Wayne, and it becomes clear during a conversation with Scott that fans can expect to see some runs from his team.

"We've got our spark plugs," Scott said.

That begins with Brandon Menchaca, who finished second in the Pioneer League in triples last season and is slated to lead off and play left field. Justin Reed, who received last year's Reds outstanding hitter award in the Florida Instructional League, will follow in center field.

Then comes the lumber. Todd Frazier, the Reds' first-round pick in last year's draft, is the power-hitting shortstop ranked the No. 7 prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America. He'll be followed by Brandon Waring, another slugging infielder. Between them, Frazier (Rutgers) and Waring (Wofford College) hit 49 college home runs last season and ranked fourth and second, respectively, in the NCAA rankings.

But the home-run possibilities aren't finished. Mike McKennon (hitting fifth) and Denis Phipps (sixth) are also long-ball threats deeper into the order who threaten to wear out the smoke that pours from the Dragons scoreboard logo after home runs.

"There are four guys that can go deep at any time," Scott said. "The dragon on the scoreboard is going to be breathing hard."

With the stats surrounding the heart of the Dragons batting order, it's easy for Scott to feel optimistic about his offense. His pitching staff will include, among others, Andrew Bowman, Colorado's Gatorade High School player of the year in 2004, Scott Carroll, who was Missouri State's starting quarterback while also pitching for the baseball team, and Lakota West High School graduate Matt Klinker.

With what Scott expects from his team, his spring training days were a little brighter.

"We're solid," Scott said, "let's put it that way."

Dragons at a glance

Season: Ninth

Manager: Donnie Scott, who returns for a second consecutive year after serving as the team's skipper from 2001-03

Opener: The Dragons start the season on the road in Midland, Mich., on Thursday for a four-game series against the Great Lakes Loons.

Home opener: Monday, April 7, against Fort Wayne. The Dragons' first weekend home games come April 18-20 against the Clinton Lumber-Kings.


03-30-2008, 09:54 AM
Looks like the Dragons may give up a lot of runs, too.

03-30-2008, 01:32 PM
They didn't mention Lotzkar. Should we expect him in extended ST?

03-30-2008, 02:30 PM
At least Frazier's performing better than our other recent 1st Round Draft picks.

I'm hoping he keeps hitting the cover off the ball in 2008. Maybe it'll get contagious throughout the entire organization.

03-30-2008, 03:34 PM
They didn't mention Lotzkar. Should we expect him in extended ST?

Yeah, he is starting down there. Probably not a bad idea to keep his innings low. He is going to be 18 all season.

03-31-2008, 05:27 PM
unfortunately the Reds are giving such good at bats that I have time on opening day to look this stuff up. man is it frustrating watching this junk.

Dragons opening day roster anounced.


New Fever
03-31-2008, 06:26 PM
Devin Mesaraco, Kyle Lotzkar, Neftali Soto, Juan Duran, and the 2008 first round pick won't play in a game until the middle of June. That is 5 of the Reds Top 10 prospects for next year not playing until the middle of June. That is kind of crzay.

04-01-2008, 01:00 AM
Dragons have first workout in Dayton
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By Marc Katz

Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

DAYTON Lugging bags full of bats, gloves, balls and other equipment, players on the ninth edition of the Dayton Dragons arrived at Fifth Third Field on Monday, March 31, for their first, brief, workout.

"It's nice to get here and get your spot set up," said Jake Long, one of the team's catchers who also played in a few games for the Dragons last season. "This is where we're going to be the next few months."

Long was the first of the Dragons in the clubhouse, followed closely by first baseman Mike McKennon, who spent the last two seasons in Billings, Mont., with the Reds' rookie team.

McKennon improved dramatically, hitting just .234 with three homers and 28 RBIs his first season, then .286 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs in 73 games last season.

"It took a little adjustment," said McKennon, who played at the University of Texas-San Antonio. "My first year, I also had three different injuries, and a concussion. This is real exciting to be here. All you hear is great things about this place."

Dragons manager Donnie Scott told his players Monday was an optional practice day. It was overcast and a tarp covered the damp Fifth Third Field infield, but all the players showed up.

Nine played at least part of the season with the Dragons last year, including shortstop Todd Frazier, outfielders Keltavious Jones and Denis Phipps, third baseman Brandon Waring, catchers Anthony Esquer and Long and pitchers Jamie Arneson, Philippe Valiquette and Terrell Young.

Starting lineup

Scott has penciled in an opening-day lineup for Thursday at Midland, Mich., home of the Great Lakes Loons. Game time is 7:05 p.m. on 1410 WING-AM.

The infield will feature Jason Bour catching, McKennon at first, Kevyn Feiner at second, Frazier at short and Waring at third. His outfield is expected to be Brandon Menchaca in left, Justin Reed in center and Phipps in right.

Right-hander Scott Carroll will be the opening-day pitcher, followed in the rotation by Arneson, Matt Klinker, Andrew Bowman and Curtis Partch.

The home opener is April 7 against Fort Wayne.

"This is a tryout camp for about two weeks," Scott said.

After that, players can play themselves into more or less playing time.

Dragons roster

Probable starters: P Scott Carroll; C Anthony Esquer; 1B Mike McKennon; 2B Kevyn Feiner; 3B Brandon Waring; SS Todd Frazier; LF Brandon Menchaca; CF Justin Reed; RF Denis Phipps


Starting pitchers: Matt Klinker, Andrew Bowman, Curtis Partch and Jamie Arneson

Relievers: Philippe Valiquette, Terrell Young, Luis Montano, Joseph Krebs, Jeff Jeffords, Jeremy Horst, and Enerio Del Rosario

Catchers: Jake Long, Jason Bour

Infielders: Brett Bartles, and Angel Cabrera

Outfielder: Keltavious Jones

Manager: Donnie Scott

Pitching coach: Doug Bair

Hitting coach: Darren Bragg


04-01-2008, 07:54 AM
Probable starters: P Scott Carroll; C Anthony Esquer; 1B Mike McKennon; 2B Kevyn Feiner; 3B Brandon Waring; SS Todd Frazier; LF Brandon Menchaca; CF Justin Reed; RF Denis Phipps

Thats a left side of the infield that could grow together all the way till MLB