Last week Major League Baseball asked all 30 teams to find a site within 100 miles of their home ballpark to act as a second practice facility once the regular season began so they could use it for a site for the taxi squad of players, which could be as large as 34 players. The taxi squad players will not be working out and practicing with the big league “active roster”. The Cincinnati Reds announced today that their practice facility will be in Mason, Ohio at Prascot Laboratories where they have two fields – Prasco Park and Legacy Field. From the Cincinnati Reds:

In addition to using Great American Ball Park, the team is finalizing plans to use a state of the art facility located on the corporate campus of Prasco Laboratories in Mason. That facility is home to two fields, Prasco Park and Legacy Field.

The facility serves as the home complex of the Cincinnati Spikes, a non-profit, select, traveling baseball team, and includes a weight room, training room, cafeteria, meeting rooms and multiple clubhouses. Prasco is lighted and can be used to train at night. In addition, Legacy Field is a fully synthetic field.

During preseason workouts, the team anticipates utilizing both facilities. Once the regular season begins, the facility in Mason would be the team’s designated Alternate Training Site, which will house the players not on the active roster.

“We are very excited about the possibility of training at Prasco,” Williams said of the state-of-the-art facility just north of Cincinnati. “The facilities are first rate and have been a home to many of our region’s best young players. From the moment MLB gave teams the ability to decide where to conduct preseason training, we were committed to finding a facility in close proximity to our home stadium. It will be exciting for the players to prepare here in our home market for this unique season. We are very grateful to the Arington family for working with us to make this a reality.”

This does come as a bit of a surprise, at least to me. With all of the technology in baseball, it seemed likely that teams would try to find a close minor league ballpark that already had tech set up for them to utilize to help analyze and develop players further. Dayton’s Day Air Ballpark where the Low-A Dayton Dragons play seemed like a great fit as a Reds affiliated ballpark that has Trackman and Field F/X (tracks the movement of all the fielders and runners during play) set up. The downside there could be that it’s just one field – something that with the selection of the site in Mason, could have been a determining factor.

Of course, teams also have the ability to utilize more portable solutions to track some of these things. Rapsodo’s can be placed on the field since the teams won’t be playing actual games, or teams could set up the portable Trackman radar if they would like to. They probably won’t be setting up the Field F/X, though, which requires a more involved camera system and set up.

With spring training 2.0 being held at two locations, it’s worth noting that both of these will be closed to the public. You can not attend either, so do not try to.

17 Responses

  1. Tom Mitsoff

    Interesting — I’ve never heard of the facility in Mason. I was thinking that Florence would make a great deal of sense because of the very close proximity. Mason isn’t too far away, though.

    • RojoBenjy

      It’s a legit facility. They have hosted the Big East baseball tournament 2 years running, and have hosted smaller conference tournaments for years.

  2. CallowayPost

    I wonder how many ST 2.0 games they are gonna televise. Clearly, the fans who have stuck around despite all of their anger are foaming at the mouth at this point.

    • Doug Gray

      There’s not likely to be any actual games, so I’ll go ahead and put a “zero” on the board.

      • CallowayPost

        Not even to get the broadcast crew to the park? I figure they need some time to get back in the swing of things. I mean, with 60 players in one park, how are they supposed to get a chance to get in game mode without games?

      • Doug Gray

        They’ll probably do something like live BP like situations. But there’s going to be two different sites for the 60 players. They aren’t all going to be at one site every day.

  3. Seadog

    This facility is incredible. I have spent many summer days there with youth baseball. The main field is as nice as any college stadium around here. There also is a secondary “turf” field. This complex host the Christian College World Series every year It is a shame spectators will not be allowed. That would be fun

    • TBD

      Seadog
      Thanks for the info. That’s great to hear about the facility.

    • RojoBenjy

      Late to the comments but Seadog has nailed it regarding this facility. See my other comment above.

  4. Old-school

    Presumably Hunter Greene , Nick Lo dolo, Tyler Stephenson, Jonathan India and Jose Garcia will be spending the summer in Mason?

    • CP

      I hope you are correct about all of those guys…

  5. Pat

    I was hoping that all 30 teams would play in one of their minor league parks. Much better than seeing those empty MLB parks. Can you imagine the reds playing in Dayton?

    • Jefferson J Reed

      It seems to me that would be positive for the current image of Dayton. Of course Mason is a fast growing suburb near the interstate. It just shows how old I am since I remember Mason as little more than a crossroads with a stoplight and a gas station on the corner.

  6. Old-school

    Prasco has 2 fields. It’s an odd dynamic – a 2 field private baseball complex in a suburban industrial park. The main field field serves many purposes and is nice. . It hosts a well run small school Christian national college tournament. It also hosts high level travel team games and some high school games in wet weather in the spring. But, mostly it’s private and protected . The second field can be a bit like the astroturf of the 80’s. Seen youth games there with balls bouncing over outfielder heads.

  7. CP

    It will be interesting to see who all gets included on this taxi squad. Will service time be a consideration for being on the taxi squad? Apologies if this has already been covered by someone but I didn’t know. I just really hope contract manipulation and concerns over those kind of things keeps the best possible prospects off this squad.