OKC Dodgers Release 2019 Preliminary Roster
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the OKC Dodgers' preliminary roster to begin the 2019 season.The preliminary roster is not an official roster and is subject to change before the team's first game Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark against the San Antonio Missions.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the OKC Dodgers' preliminary roster to begin the 2019 season.
The preliminary roster is not an official roster and is subject to change before the team's first game Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark against the San Antonio Missions.
Among the 25 players on the preliminary roster, eight are members of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 40-man roster, including three who appeared for the Dodgers in 2018. A total of 13 players have Major League experience, with 11 appearing in the Majors at some point last season. Over half of the roster - 13 players - logged time with OKC in 2018, and all but three have played at the Triple-A level at some point in their careers.
Six players on the preliminary roster are ranked by Baseball America among the top 30 prospects in the Dodgers organization, including three of the top eight and four of the top 11: catcher
Santana and Gonsolin will likely anchor the starting rotation. The 22-year-old Santana began last season at Double-A Tulsa and was promoted to OKC in late May. During his Triple-A debut May 19, he threw six scoreless innings and racked up 11 strikeouts against Nashville. Just 13 days later, he made his Major League debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but prior to a scheduled start June 7, he strained his rotator cuff and missed the remainder of the season.
Gonsolin had a breakout campaign in 2018 split between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa and was named the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He made a total of 26 starts, going 10-2 with a 2.60 ERA and led the Dodgers farm system in wins, ERA and strikeouts (155).
The bullpen will be a veteran-heavy unit. All nine relievers have extensive Triple-A experience, and six have Major League experience. Returners include right-handers
In addition to Grimm, five other relievers played in the Major Leagues as recently as last season: right-handers Chargois (Los Angeles), Kevin Quakenbush (Cincinnati) and
Two familiar names will handle the catching duties: Smith and
Ríos and Beaty will cover the corner infield spots, as both return to OKC. Each player dealt with injuries in 2018, with neither making his season debut until late May. Although he only played in 88 games, the slugging Ríos hit 10 homers, finished second on the team with 55 RBI and had the top slugging percentage (.482) among those who appeared in at least 50 games. Beaty was unfortunately limited to just 31 games during the regular season, but during his last full season in 2017, he was named Texas League MVP while playing for Tulsa. Both players were added to the Los Angeles Dodgers' 40-man roster during the offseason.
The lone returning outfielder is
The Oklahoma City Dodgers open play Thursday to begin a five-game home series against San Antonio at 7:05 p.m. Special pregame festivities involving area first responders will begin just after 6:30 p.m. Opening Night will feature postgame fireworks presented by LifeShare, and it will be a $2 Thursday, with Pepsi products, bottled water and select beer on sale for $2. Additionally, all Coop Ale Works drafts will be just $3. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit okcdodgers.com or call (405) 218-2182.