Roster predictions for 2015 Dodgers’ minor-league affiliates

After ranking 100 prospects, looking at the best tools and future lineups, I’m now ready to project this year’s Dodger full-season minor-league clubs. This will be a mix of prospects, non-prospects and guys who have some MLB experience.

This was tough. The Dodgers have so much depth in the upper levels of the minors that it was hard to find room for everyone. This is a reflection of the job the new front office did building depth at every level instead of having to rely on guys like Justin Sellers and Lance Cormier.

Low-A Great Lakes Loons

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Photo by: Dustin Nosler

Pitchers (13)
James Baune
Joe Broussard
Jeff Brigham
Luis De Paula
Billy Flamion
Victor Gonzalez
Vaughn Hayward
Grant Holmes
Bernardo Reyes
John Richy
Brock Stewart
J.D. Underwood
A.J. Vanegas

Player Position
Devan Ahart LF
Alex Verdugo CF
Cody Bellinger 1B
Julian Leon C
Justin Chigbogu DH
Michael Ahmed 3B
Ivan Vela SS
Colin Hering RF
Jimmy Allen 2B

Catchers (2)
Julian Leon
Hunter Redman

Infielders (5)
Michael Ahmed
Jimmy Allen
Cody Bellinger
Justin Chigbogu
Ivan Vela
Tyler Wampler

Outfielders (4)
Devan Ahart
Billy Bereszniewicz
Colin Hering
Alex Verdugo

High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

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Pitchers (12)
Victor Araujo
Scott Barlow
Ramon Benjamin
Zachary Bird
Geoff Brown
Freddie Cabrera
Matt Campbell
Jose De Leon
Scott Griggs
Kyle Hooper
Michael Johnson
Jacob Rhame

Player Position
Malcolm Holland LF
Brandon Trinkwon 2B
Joey Curletta RF
Paul Hoenecke 3B
Jacob Scavuzzo CF
Josmar Cordero 1B
Alex Santana DH
Spencer Navin C
Dillon Moyer SS

Catchers (3)
Austin Chubb
Spencer Navin
Webster Rivas

Infielders (5)
Josmar Cordero
Paul Hoenecke
Delvis Morales
Dillon Moyer
Brandon Trinkwon

Outfielders (5)
Joey Curletta
Robbie Garvey
Malcolm Holland
Alex Santana
Jacob Scavuzzo

Double-A Tulsa Drillers

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Photo by: Dustin Nosler

Pitchers (12)
Chris Anderson
Ryan Buchter
Ralston Cash
Lindsey Caughel
Jharel Cotton
Barry Enright
Josh Ravin
Rob Rogers
Matt Shelton
Blake Smith
Michael Thomas
Julio Urias

Player Position
Travis Witherspoon CF
Erisbel Arruebarrena SS
Bobby Coyle LF
Tyler Ogle 1B
Jarek Cunningham 3B
Jon Garcia RF
Kyle Farmer C
Jeremy Hazelbaker DH
Brandon Dixon 2B

Catchers (3)
Kyle Farmer
Ralph Henriquez
Chris O’Brien

Infielders (5)
Erisbel Arruebarrena
Jarek Cunningham
Brandon Dixon
Daniel Mayora
Tyler Ogle

Outfielders (5)
Bobby Coyle
Jon Garcia
Casio Grider
Jeremy Hazelbaker
Travis Witherspoon

Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers

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Photo by: Dustin Nosler

Pitchers (12)
David Aardsma
Mike Adams
Pedro Baez
Mike Bolsinger
Daniel Coulombe
Carlos Frias
Zach Lee
Adam Liberatore
Chris Reed
Sergio Santos
Chin-hui Tsao
Joe Wieland

Player Position
Enrique Hernandez CF
Austin Barnes C
Corey Seager SS
Scott Schebler RF
Darnell Sweeney 2B
Chris Heisey LF
Kyle Jensen DH
O’Koyea Dickson 1B
Buck Britton 3B

Catchers (3)
Austin Barnes
Ali Solis
Shawn Zarraga

Infielders (6)
Lars Anderson
Buck Britton
O’Koyea Dickson
Elliot Johnson
Corey Seager
Darnell Sweeney

Outfielders (4)
Chris Heisey
Enrique Hernandez
Kyle Jensen
Scott Schebler

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The Loons are really top-heavy this year, with the Dodgers’ first two picks in last year’s draft in Holmes and Verdugo, as well as the best catching prospect in the system in Leon. They also have the two best first base prospects in the system in Bellinger and Chigbogu. Theo Alexander would likely be the team’s starting right fielder, but he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for prohibited drugs (marijuana). He should join the Loons after his suspension is over. The pitching staff leaves something to be desired, but there are some live arms with 2014 draftees Brigham, Richy and Vanegas, and some guys making their full-season debuts in Gonzalez and Reyes.

Not nearly as stacked as last year, the Quakes are led by Bird and De Leon. Offensively, they have a lot of guys who, predictably, struggled in the Midwest League last season, like Santana and Scavuzzo, and one who had some success in Curletta. They could get a boost from some player movement around midseason, but this year’s squad looks like it might struggle.

Without Seager, the Drillers look to be a little weak on offense. Their best hitters projects to be guys like Coyle, O’Brien and Ogle, with guys like Farmer, Garcia and Witherspoon (minor-league free agent) are on their last legs as legit prospects. Urias is the showstopper on the bump, with Anderson, Cotton (my MiLB pitcher of the year) and Rogers (out of the bullpen) to back him up. Also, when he gets healthy, Ross Stripling should find his way to Tulsa to see how well he throws coming off Tommy John surgery.

The OKC Dodgers are jam-packed, thanks to the front office and some prospects performing at the next level. Seager is the must-see, obviously, but the offense is deep. Barnes, Jensen, Schebler and Sweeney all could have banner seasons if they stick in Triple-A most of the season. Hernandez’s versatility will be a benefit in Oklahoma City, but it could also get him promoted to Los Angeles sooner rather than later. Noticeably missing from the bench is Darwin Barney. After the Johnson acquisition on Tuesday, who doesn’t need to be on the 40-man roster, I’m guessing Barney is designated for assignment (and then claimed/traded) to clear a space for Hector Olivera, who will also be in OKC before too long. Chad Gaudin will be on the disabled list (somewhere) or released — what a shame. Ben Rowen (Brim’s boy) is recovering from November surgery and could be in extended spring training before heading out to OKC. Freddy Garcia (?!) should be there eventually, too.

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There’s some low-level talent ticketed for Ogden and the Arizona Rookie League, and both squads should see a boost from the draft in June. It isn’t often guys from short-season ball get promotions to full-season teams, but there some guys like Deivy Castillo, Andrew Godbold, Ibandel Isabel, Kevin Guzman and Jairo Pacheco — just to name a handful — who, with good performances, could see Low-A before season’s end.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
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 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.