Dayton, Ohio – One of the most exciting and unique events ever to occur at a minor league ballpark will take place at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on Saturday, April 4, 2009 when the Cincinnati Reds battle their top minor league prospects in a “futures game” in the stadium where several of the current Reds’ stars once played.
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. The game will provide Dragons fans with a glimpse of the future and a look back at the past on the same day at Fifth Third Field. Many of the players on the “Futures” team will be former Dragons of previous seasons who are now viewed as upcoming major league stars awaiting their opportunity to join former Dragons Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, and Johnny Cueto.
This historic event is believed to be the first of its kind in baseball in which a major league club matches up against its top prospects in a stadium that was once the home park for players of both clubs.
“We are very excited with the opportunity to host this historic Futures Game at Fifth Third Field,” said Bob 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. It is a great chance to see the Reds’ major league stars and their top prospects from all levels of the minor leagues, all on the same field in Dayton.”