Dodgers Name Loons Roster for 2019

Season begins Thursday in Ohio, home opener is Saturday

By Matt DeVries / Great Lakes Loons | April 1, 2019 1:56 PM

MIDLAND, Mich. - In conjunction with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Great Lakes Loons are pleased to announce the team's preliminary roster for the 2019 season. The Opening Day roster will be finalized prior to Thursday's game against the Lake County Captains in Eastlake, Ohio.

PITCHERS (13): Jasiel Alvino, Jeronimo Castro, Jose Chacin, Austin Drury, Josiah Gray, Justin Hagenman, Joel Inoa, Andre Jackson, Stephen Kolek, Alfredo Tavarez, Nathan Witt, Guillermo Zuniga

CATCHERS (2): Hunter Feduccia, Trea Todd

INFIELDERS (5): Jacob Amaya, Luke Heyer, Dillon Paulson, Leonel Valera, Miguel Vargas

OUTFIELDERS (5): Drew Avans, Romer Cuadrado, Niko Hulsizer, James Outman, Daniel Robinson

Notes regarding the 2019 roster:

+ 11 players spent a portion of the 2018 season with Great Lakes

+ 11 players were drafted by the Dodgers in the 2018 First-Year MLB Draft

+ 10 players make their offseason homes outside the United States (4 Dominican Republic, 4 Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba)

+ Right-handed pitcher Nathan Witt (Clarkston, Michigan State) and outfielder Daniel Robinson (Detroit, Central Michigan) are both Michigan natives and attended in-state colleges.

+ Robinson, the former Chippewa, hit .332/.423/.463 with 36 RBI in 57 games for Rookie-level Ogden last year.

+ James Outman (11), Dillon Paulson (10), Niko Hulsizer (9) led Rookie-level Ogden in home runs last season; Outman's 11 home runs ranked fourth in the Pioneer League; Paulson's 61 RBI led the Pioneer League.

+ Hulsizer, who attend Morehead State, was the 2017 College Home Run Derby Champion; finished second in the NCAA in 2017 with 27 home runs; hit 44 career home runs in college.

+ Jacob Amaya, who played 27 games for the Loons in 2018, hit .311 for the season in 59 games between Ogden and Great Lakes.

+ Josiah Gray joined the Dodgers on December 10 as one of three Cincinnati Reds players involved in the Yasiel Puig traded; was previously the No. 13 prospect in the Red system according to Baseball America.

John Shoemaker returns as Loons manager for the 2019 season. "Shoe" guided the Loons through the 2011-12 seasons, as well as in 2018, and is entering his 43rd season in the Dodgers organization and 26th season as a minor league manager. Drafted by the Dodgers in the 35th round of the 1977 draft, the 62-year-old has been with the club ever since; as a player (1977-80), manager, coach and coordinator. Shoemaker was appointed the Dodgers' "Captain" of Player Development in 2015 and currently sits on 199 career wins as Loons manager.

One-time Loons reliever Luis Meza has made the transition to coaching with the Dodgers and will serve as the team's pitching coach for the 2019 season. Meza pitched for the Loons in 2013 and spent the previous three years as a pitching coach in the Dodgers summer leagues.

Justin Viele joins the Loons for the first time in his third year as a coach in the Dodgers organization. Viele previously served as the hitting coach with High-A Rancho Cucamonga (18') and Rookie-level Ogden ('17). The 28-year-old was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 and had a two-year playing career.

The lone newcomer to the Dodgers organization on the Loons coaching staff is Jason Bourgeois. After being drafted in the second round by the Texas Rangers in 2000, the 37-year-old made his Major League-debut in 2008 and enjoyed an eight-year career with the White Sox, Brewers, Astros, Royals and Rays.

Brad Tunney will be joined by Blake Froling in the radio booth this season. All 140 Loons games can be heard on ESPN 100.9-FM,, and on your mobile device using the TuneIn App. Along with the radio broadcast, all 70 Loons home games and select road games are streamed digitally via MiLB.TV.

The Great Lakes Loons have been the Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team's inception in 2007. Dow Diamond serves as the team's home and also houses the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, and ESPN 100.9-FM. For tickets or information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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