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OKC Dodgers announce preliminary opening day roster

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Oklahoma City's Will Smith (6) strikes out in the second inning during Game 1 of the American Conference Championship in the Pacific Coast League playoffs between the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Memphis Redbirds at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Will Smith (6) strikes out in the second inning during Game 1 of the American Conference Championship in the Pacific Coast League playoffs between the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Memphis Redbirds at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

With opening day two days away, the Oklahoma City Dodgers have set their preliminary roster.

Three players who spent time with Los Angeles and 13 players who played for OKC last season return. And six players are ranked by Baseball America among the organization’s top 30 prospects, including catcher Will Smith (No. 5), pitcher Dennis Santana (No. 7) and pitcher Tony Gonsolin (No. 8).

Infielder Edwin Rios (No. 11), pitcher Josh Sborz (No. 22) and infielder Matt Beaty (No. 23) round out the list.

Santana and Gonsolin are expected to anchor the rotation, along with Daniel Corcino and Ben Holmes. Santana, 22, opened last season in Double-A Tulsa, pitched in OKC in late May and then was promoted to L.A.. But he suffered a strained rotator cuff and missed the remainder of the season.

Gonsolin was named the organization’s Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year following a breakout season split between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa he made 26 starts and went 10-2 with a 2.60 ERA.

Smith and Rocky Gale will handle the catching duties. Gale was a Triple-A All-Star with OKC last season. Rios and Beaty will handle the corner infield spots. Kyle Garlick, who led the team with 17 home runs last season, is the lone returning outfielder.

Also, the Dodgers will have World Series experience on the roster. Reliever Justin Grimm was a member of the 2016 Cubs that won the championship. Outfielder Paulo Orlando was a member of the 2015 Royals, who won the World Series.

Here is the preliminary roster entering Thurday’s opener against San Antonio:

Pitchers

Stetson Allie

Joe Broussard

JT Chargois#

Daniel Corcino

Tony Gonsolin

Justin Grimm

Donnie Hart#

Ben Holmes

Kevin Quackenbush

Dennis Santana#

Josh Sborz#

Jaime Schultz#

Josh Smoker

Catchers

Rocky Gale#

Ben Moore*

Will Smith

Infielders

Matt Beaty#

Daniel Castro

Angelo Mora

Jake Peter

Edwin Rios#

Errol Robinson

Outfielders

Ezequel Carrera

Blake Gailen*

Paulo Orlando

Cameron Perkins

Manager: Travis Barbary

Pitching coach: Bill Simas

Hitting coach: Scott Coolbaugh

Coach: Jeremy Rodriguez

#-on 40-man roster

*-on injured list

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Oklahoma City's Will Smith (6) strikes out in the second inning during Game 1 of the American Conference Championship in the Pacific Coast League playoffs between the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Memphis Redbirds at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City's Will Smith (6) strikes out in the second inning during Game 1 of the American Conference Championship in the Pacific Coast League playoffs between the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Memphis Redbirds at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. Photo by...

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Jacob Unruh

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