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Dragons Conclude Spring Schedule Friday In Sarasota

March 27, 2008 - Midwest League (MWL1)
Dayton Dragons News Release

Sarasota, Fla.-The Dayton Dragons will play their final spring training game of the season on Friday at the Cincinnati Reds Minor League Complex when they host the Hickory Crawdads. The Dragons will conduct a workout in Sarasota on Saturday before heading north to start the Midwest League season.

The Dragons open the regular season schedule on Thursday, April 3rd in Midland, Michigan against the Great Lakes Loons. The will play a four game series in Midland before opening their home season at Fifth Third Field on Monday, April 7th against the Fort Wayne Wizards at 7:00 p.m.

Dragons pitching coach Doug Bair announced on Thursday that Scott Carroll, a 23-year-old right-hander from Liberty, Missouri, is the likely Dragons starting pitcher for the season opener on April 3rd.

Carroll is a product of Missouri State University (formerly known as Southwest Missouri State), where he was also the quarterback on the football team. Carroll was selected by the Reds in the third round of the 2007 draft. He was assigned to Billings after signing and threw just 15 innings in his professional debut season, posting a record of 0-1 with a 2.93 earned run average.

Carroll originally enrolled at Purdue University on a football scholarship after earning 1st Team All-State honors his senior year of high school, when he threw for 20 touchdowns. He left Purdue after two years and was the starting quarterback at Missouri State in 2005. He decided to concentrate on baseball after the 2005 season and did not play football. He went 10-9 as a pitcher at Missouri State over the '06 and '07 seasons.

Among other pitchers contending for spots in the Dragons starting rotation are left-handers Jamie Arneson and Andrew Bowman and right-handers Matt Klinker and Curtis Partch.

Klinker is a native of West Chester who played at Lakota West High School before starring at Furman University.

Partch tossed five solid innings for the Dragons in an exhibition game Thursday afternoon against Delmarva, allowing just three hits and one run in five innings while walking one and striking out four.

Notes: The Dragons' 25 man opening day roster will likely be finalized on Friday. The Reds released two players on Thursday that had been working out with the Dayton team this spring, outfielder Michael Jones and infielder Kyle Maunus. Both players played at Billings last season.

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