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Reds promote 2019 first-round pick to Dayton Dragons

TCU pitcher Nick Lodolo was taken in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday night. Photo courtesy TCU Athletics
TCU pitcher Nick Lodolo was taken in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday night. Photo courtesy TCU Athletics

Nick Lodolo heads to Dayton after six starts with Billings

Nick Lodolo, the left-handed pitcher the Cincinnati Reds drafted in the first round in June, will start for the Dayton Dragons against the Great Lakes Loons at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Field.

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Lodolo, the seventh overall pick and first pitcher drafted, was 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA in six starts with Billings (Mont.) in the Pioneer League. He pitched 11 1/3 innings and struck out 21.

Lodolo will become the 18th first-round pick to play for the Dragons.

The Dragons are 42-57 and 14-15 in the second half. They beat Beloit 9-1 on Monday at Fifth Third Field.