The Oklahoma City Dodgers set their 25-man active roster ahead of Thursday’s season opener against the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics affiliate) on Thursday night. It’s the first of an eight-game road trip for the OKC Dodgers.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate is beginning the year with 14 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and three outfielders on the active roster. First baseman Josmar Cordero and catcher Vinny DiFazio open the season on the disabled list.
Of the 25 players on the current Oklahoma City roster, 10 played in the Majors last season; with seven joining the Dodgers. OKC returns 14 players who spent some time with the club last season.
Their starting rotation is comprised of Zach Lee, Jharel Cotton, Carlos Frias and Julio Urias. Jeremy Kehrt was initially included, though he was later sent to Double-A Tulsa.
A notable omission is Jose De Leon, whom Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said last week he didn’t anticipate immediately joining an affiliate, much less Oklahoma City. De Leon threw 77 innings in 2014, and 114.1 innings last season.
Lee at one point was in contention to be named the Dodgers’ fifth starter, though he eventually lost out to Mike Bolsinger, and never truly entered the picture when Bolsinger went down with an oblique strain.
In 19 starts for OKC last season, Lee was 11-6 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and averaged 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Meanwhile, Urias, the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, is slated for his first full season in Triple-A.
The southpaw threw a combined 80.1 innings last season across four affiliates. Urias’ final two starts of 2015 came with Oklahoma City, as he went 0-1 with an 18.69 ERA and 3.92 WHIP over 4.1 innings.
As for position players, O’Koyea Dickson returns for his second season in OKC. He batted .262/.305/.433 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs over 117 games in 2015. Infielders Micah Johnson and Rob Segedin are among those on the Oklahoma City roster.
Luis Avilan, Cotton, Frias, Johnson, Lee, Adam Liberatore and Ian Thomas are the only players beginning the year with OKC and on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. Avilan lost out to Louis Coleman for the final spot in the bullpen.
After guiding High-A Rancho Cucamonga to a California League championship last season, Bill Haselman takes the reins as manager in Triple-A. Complete 25-man Oklahoma City roster: