Dragons catcher Tyler Stephenson tags out Nathan Lukes at the plate in the eighth inning of Tuesday nights game against Lake County at Fifth Third Field. NICK FALZARANO/CONTRIBUTED
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Dayton Dragons: Reds No. 1 pick Tyler Stephenson looking to put lost year behind him

If the 2017 goals of Tyler Stephenson sound simple, well they pretty much are. 

After injuries plagued him throughout last season, the Cincinnati Reds' 2015 No. 1 draft is back in Dayton looking for a reset. 

He wants to be a reliable presence on the field this summer – learning his trade and the team’s pitching staff. 

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Georgia native was limited to 39 games for the Dragons last season and hit just .216 as he had to overcome a concussion and wrist surgery. 

He is still the No. 10 prospect (and No. 1 catcher) in the organization according to Baseball America, but a catcher taken in last year's draft (Chris Okey) is above him now in advanced Single-A Daytona after sharing the Dragons roster with him last season. 

Joining the Dragons this year is Cassidy Brown, a Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, native who was taken in the 12th round of the draft last year. 

Brown hit .322 in 43 games in rookie ball at Billings. 

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