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Cincinnati is set to inaugurate the novel event by fielding its top prospects against the Rangers. Major League Baseball recently revealed plans to introduce a new addition to Spring Training this season.

Dubbed “Spring Breakout,” this four-day affair aims to spotlight MLB’s emerging talents and budding prospects. Scheduled from March 14-17, 2024, the event will run parallel to Spring Training in both the Cactus League in Arizona and the Grapefruit League in Florida.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, in a Wednesday announcement, expressed, “Spring Breakout will offer a fresh platform to showcase the future stars of the game as they progress toward the Major Leagues.” He added, “Our fans will have distinctive opportunities to engage with our finest prospects, obtain autographs, and witness the next generation of Major Leaguers up close. We are excited that Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and all our Clubs are collaborating more closely than ever to foster the sport and illuminate our future All-Stars.”

Comprising 16 games across four days, the event will assemble teams comprising each organization’s top 25 prospects and best young players. The games will run for seven innings, with 12 games forming part of a doubleheader alongside regular Major League Spring Training games.

The Reds will commence the series on Thursday, March 14, visiting Surprise, Arizona, for a clash against the reigning World Series Champion Texas Rangers. This game will be featured as part of a doubleheader, with the Spring Breakout game slated to begin at 6:05 PM ET.

Additionally, Cincinnati will host another Spring Breakout encounter on Saturday, March 16, facing off against the Cleveland Guardians at Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona. This game will constitute the latter part of a doubleheader, with the Reds hosting the Seattle Mariners in a traditional Spring Training game earlier in the day.

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