OKC Dodgers announce preliminary opening day roster
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:
Manager: Travis Barbary
Pitching coach: Bill Simas
Hitting coach: Scott Coolbaugh
Coach: Jeremy Rodriguez
#-on 40-man roster
*-on injured list