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May 2, 2015


DAYTON, OHIO—The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:

First baseman Avain Rachal has been placed on the disabled list with an abdominal strain.

First baseman Paul Kronenfeld has been promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.

The Dragons roster remains at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.

A new roster is attached.

Rachal suffered the abdominal strain while running the bases during Friday night’s game at Great Lakes.  He has started 21 of the Dragons 22 games, batting .224 with no home runs and eight runs batted in.

Kronenfeld has not appeared in an official game this season while working in the Reds extended spring training camp in Goodyear, Arizona.  He was signed as a 25th round draft pick by the Reds in 2014.  Kronenfeld opened his professional career as the starting first baseman on the Goodyear Reds in the Arizona League last summer.  He got off to a tough start, going 1 for his first 25, then batting .282 for the remainder of the season to finish at .234-2-21 in 44 games.  He hit .175 in the first half; .292 in the second half.  Kronenfeld began his college career at Georgia Tech and played two seasons there, batting .303 in 38 games as a sophomore in 2012.  He transferred to Catawba College, an NCAA Division II program in Salisbury, North Carolina after the 2012 season and spent two highly-productive seasons there.  In the spring of  2014, he started all 55 games at Catawba, leading the team with a .361 average and adding 21 doubles, six home runs, and 10 stolen bases.

The Dragons continue a three-game series at Great Lakes tonight at 7:05 p.m.  The next home game is Monday at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Wayne.


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