While the Los Angeles Dodgers are into their second week of the 2019 season, the organization’s Minor League affiliates now have their chance to take the field. With that, Triple-A Oklahoma City announced their preliminary 2019 Opening Day roster that includes Tony Gonsolin and Will Smith.
In addition to several of the Dodgers’ top prospects being with OKC, their roster includes eight members of the 40-man roster; three of whom spent time with the club last year. Moreover, a total of 13 Oklahoma City players have MLB experience, with 11 reaching the Majors last season.
Gonsolin and Dennis Santana headline the Oklahoma City starting rotation. Gonsolin was named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Santana is coming off an injury-shortened season that saw him make his MLB debut.
He was under consideration for the final bullpen spot on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, which went to Brock Stewart. Despite Gonsolin and Santana anchoring the rotation, Clayton Kershaw is starting Opening Day for Oklahoma City as he’s on a rehab assignment.
The OKC bullpen is comprised of nine relievers with Triple-A experience (and six who have pitched in the Majors). It features returnees Stetson Allie, Joe Broussard, J.T. Chargois and Josh Sborz.
Pitchers (13): Stetson Allie, Joe Broussard, J.T. Chargois, Daniel Corcino, Tony Gonsolin, Justin Grimm, Donnie Hart, Ben Holmes, Kevin Quackenbush, Dennis Santana, Josh Sborz, Jaime Schultz, Josh Smoker
Catchers (3): Rocky Gale, Ben Moore, Will Smith
Infielders (6): Matt Beaty, Daniel Castro, Angelo Mora, Jake Peter, Edwin Rios, Errol Robinson
Outfielders (5): Ezequiel Carrera, Blake Gailen, Kyle Garlick, Paulo Orlando, Cameron Perkins