Alex Guerrero's bat isn't nearly the question mark his defense is. Photo by: Dustin Nosler

Roster predictions for Dodgers’ minor-league affiliates

Zach Lee ST 2014

Zach Lee, future Isotope. (By: Dustin Nosler)

Predicting minor-league rosters is a crap shoot — especially at the lower levels. I’ve done my best to see which players could at least begin the 2014 at which level.

There’s a lot more talent on some of these teams than there has been in years past (thank you Logan White, Bob Engle and Co.). Each level has players to watch on the mound and in the batter’s box. These rosters likely won’t resemble my predictions (or the actual roster) come the end of the season, but if you’re within viewing range of any of these teams, expect to see at least some of the players listed below at these respective levels.

Low-A Great Lakes Loons


Jacob Scavuzzo (By: Dustin Nosler)

Victor Arano
Victor Araujo
Scott Barlow
James Baune
Jordan Hershiser
Kyle Hooper
Michael Johnson
Jonathan Martinez
Jacob Rhame
Rob Rogers
Thomas Taylor
Francisco Villa

Player Position
Brandon Trinkwon 2B
Jesmuel Valentin SS
Joey Curletta RF
Justin Chigbogu 1B
Alex Santana 3B
Kyle Farmer C
Jacob Scavuzzo CF
Jesus Valdez DH
Pat Stover LF

Austin Cowen
Kyle Farmer
Eric Smith

Zach Babitt
Justin Chigbogu
Alex Santana
Brandon Trinkwon
Jesus Valdez
Jesmuel Valentin

Joey Curletta
Jacob Scavuzzo
Pat Stover
Henry Yates

High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes


Adam Law (By: Dustin Nosler)

Chris Anderson
Crayton Bare
Geoff Brown
Zachary Bird
Ralston Cash
Lindsey Caughel
Jharel Cotton
Scott Griggs
Luis Meza
Blake Smith
Julio Urias
Tom Windle

Player Position
James Baldwin CF
Adam Law 3B
Corey Seager SS
Tyler Ogle 1B
Aaron Miller DH
Jeremy Rathjen RF
Jan Vazquez C
Scott Wingo 2B
Malcolm Holland LF

Jose Capellan
Tyler Ogle
Jan Vazquez

Paul Hoenecke
Adam Law
James McDonald
Corey Seager
Kevin Taylor
Scott Wingo

James Baldwin
Malcolm Holland
Aaron Miller
Jeremy Rathjen

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts


Erisbel Arruebarrena (By: Dustin Nosler)

Daniel Coulombe
Eric Eadington
Carlos Frias
Garrett Gould
Joel Lima
Jarret Martin
Jon Michael Redding
Chris Reed
Raydel Sanchez
Andres Santiago
Craig Stem
Duke von Schamann

Player Position
Darnell Sweeney 2B
Noel Cuevas CF
Scott Schebler LF
O’Koyea Dickson 1B
Bobby Coyle DH
Jon Garcia RF
Pratt Maynard C
Erisbel Arruebarrena SS
Brandon Dixon 3B

Pratt Maynard
Griff Erickson

Erisbel Arruebarrena
O’Koyea Dickson
Brandon Dixon
Chris Jacobs
Angelo Songco
Darnell Sweeney

Bobby Coyle
Noel Cuevas
Jon Garcia
Casio Grider
Scott Schebler

Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes


Jose Dominguez (By: Dustin Nosler)

Pedro Baez
Sam Demel
Jose Dominguez
Stephen Fife
Yimi Garcia
Zach Lee
Matt Magill
Daniel Moskos
Hector Nelo
Red Patterson
Michael Thomas
Chris Withrow

Player Position
Chili Buss RF
Joc Pederson CF
Tim Federowicz C
Clint Robinson 1B
Brian Cavazos-Galvez DH
Alex Guerrero 2B
Trayvon Robinson LF
Osvaldo Martinez 3B
Miguel Rojas SS

J.C. Boscan
Tim Federowicz

Alex Guerrero
Brendan Harris
Osvaldo Martinez
Clint Robinson
Miguel Rojas
J.T. Wise

Mike Baxter
Chili Buss
Brian Cavazos-Galvez
Joc Pederson
Trayvon Robinson


The Loons have a lot of low-level talent, even if some of the pitchers don’t end up there quite yet. Scavuzzo and Arano (if he makes it) are the ones to really watch.

The Quakes are infinitely more talented than last season, as they’ll boast four of my Top 11 prospects to begin the season (Seager, Urias, Anderson, Windle).

The Lookouts should have the Dodgers’ most recent international signee and some interesting pitchers. I assume Arruebarrena will get promoted to Triple-A shortly after Guerrero is recalled to the Dodgers.

The Isotopes stand to have more talent than in most years. I know Chris Jackson doesn’t think Lee will go to Albuquerque, I don’t see a point to bringing him back to Chattanooga. Plus, pitching in the pitcher’s hell that is the Pacific Coast League could help Lee refine his approach and try to get more grounders — something that could help him going forward.


Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


Whatever happened to Jeremy Hazelbaker? I didn't see any news of him being released or traded...wasn't he the last link to Rafael Furcal since he was traded for Alex Castellanos who was traded for Rafi...

M-P moderator

I'm already bored with the freeway series

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

sounds like it'll be Clayton for Friday.

Not a bad #4 starter if you ask me

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Especially going against Frisco's No. 4 starter...


@Purple Drank  maybe he can work on his twtw. There's something to be said to pitch to the score

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Dustin Nosler  this makes me wish Harold Reynolds was a major league manager

too bad he'll never be one b/c he's a terrible person IRL

Puce Deuce
Puce Deuce

@Dustin Nosler  Harold logic-Puig's baserunning is killing the Dodgers but Miggy's D in left field would be fine.


this is kinda cool

"When the Dodgers signed second baseman Alex Guerrero (NR), I was skeptical of the Cuban free agent's ability to hit major league pitching. His workout videos showed a long swing without much leverage. After seeing him in Arizona last week, I'm more positive on his long-term prospects. Guerrero has good bat speed and above-average pop, but he can pull off the ball and sell out for power. He hit .300 in spring training and looked good in the half-dozen at-bats I saw, though. He certainly has more to offer offensively than Dee Gordon. If Guerrero plays regularly this season, then he should hit at least .265 with 15-plus home runs."


Signing Kottaras would be really cool.


Why would you ever pitch AAAA filler in an exhib game when you have a top prospect?


@Purple Drank  @Catfishin  I wonder if he is really sick or if people started giving away tickets to hobos when they heard it was Fife pitching.


@Catfishin  plz no crawford leading off against a lefty. ideally just sit crawford+ethier gainst lefties  when kemp comes back. 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Catfishin  Why would you ever keep Drew Butera in a real game when you have a not-as-bad backup option?


Awesome. I heard it was Fife. This is da bes.


@Catfishin @Purple Drank  depth argument makes sense, up until you realize there are waaaay better alternatives on the free agent backup C market at this very moment (preferable to both Butera and FedEx)