5 things to know about today’s Reds Futures Game

The Cincinnati Reds will be in Dayton on Saturday to take on the organization’s top minor leaguers in the Futures Game at Fifth Third Field at 1:35 p.m.

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. to give fans a chance to watch Reds batting practice.

Here are five things to know about the Futures Game:

Return engagement

This will be the second time the Reds Future Game is held in Dayton. The first, in 2009, was the first of its kind in MLB and received national media attention.

The Reds defeated the Futures team 9-6. Three of the runs for the youngsters came on a mammoth home run by prospect Todd Frazier that landed on the roof of the concessions building in left field.

Other future Reds who played in the game were Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey, Zack Cozart, Devin Mesoraco and Juan Francisco.

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First four

The Futures roster will include four first-round draft picks, including third baseman Nick Senzel, whom the Reds selected second overall out of the University of Tennessee last June.

The other first-round picks are catcher Tyler Stephenson (11th, 2015), shortstop Alex Blandino (29th, 2014) and outfielder Phillip Ervin (27th, 2013).

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Top 10

The Futures roster is loaded with the top 10 position prospects in the Reds organization.

In addition to Senzel, the team’s No. 1 overall prospect, fans will get a glimpse of outfielder Taylor Trammell (No. 5), outfielder Jesse Winker (No. 6), outfielder Aristides Aquino (No. 7), Stephenson (No. 10), catcher Chris Okey (No. 14), outfielder T.J. Friedl (No. 15), second baseman Shed Long (No. 16), Ervin (No. 18) and shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 22).

Familiar face

The starting pitcher for the Reds will be rookie Amir Garrett, who starred for the Dragons from 2013-15, when he won 17 games with a 3.45 ERA.

A 22nd-round draft pick in 2011, Garrett is 3-1 with a 4.22 ERA this spring. He's struck out 14 and walked six and is scheduled to be a member of the rotation.

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Dragon reunion

There will be 19 former Dragons on the 28-man Futures roster.

Six of the players on the Futures team are expected to remain in Dayton to play for the Dragons this season. They include catchers Cassidy Brown and Stephenson, infielder Brantley Bell, outfielders Jose Siri, Trammell and Friedl.

The Reds roster features 17 former Dragons, including Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton, Tucker Barnhardt, Michael Lorenzen, Wandy Peralta, Robert Stephenson, Cozart and Garrett.

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