Looking at the 2018 Dodgers’ minor-league rosters

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

The preliminary rosters for each of the A-ball or higher affiliates were announced in the last two days, and man, some of these teams look really strong.

AAA: Oklahoma CityAA: TulsaHi-A: Rancho Low-A: G. Lakes
CR. GaleK. RuizC. WongR. Rodriguez
CC. BrockmeyerW. SmithS. BermanG. Hope
1BM. MuncyP. O'BrienI. IsabelN. Yarnall
2BJ. PeterE. RobinsonO. EstevezM. Chiu
SSD. SolanoD. JacksonG. LuxM. Perez
3BR. SegedinM. AhmedC. SantanaB. Montgomery
IFA. BurgW. DarvillR. BannonZ. McKinstry
IFT. LocastroC. JoeH. MarteG. Pitre
IFB. ValeraA. Mora  
LFH. RamosL. RaleyD. CaseyS. Heredia
CFA. VerdugoDJ PetersJ. KendallZ. Reks
RFA. TolesK. GarlickC. ThomasR. Cuadrado
OFT. TaijeronJ. ScavuzzoS. JencoB. Morales
OF  L. LandonC. Rincon
SPW. BuehlerY. AlvarezJ. SheffieldR. Ottesen
SPM. BanuelosD. SantanaT. GonsolinM. Jimenez
SPB. StewartC. FergusonI. AbdullahM. Kaswoski
SPZ. NealJ. SborzD. KremerJ. Vargas
SPG. MoscososD. SmeltzerC. MathewsonE. Uceta
    
CLY. SierraC. CoppingP. CurryA. Scrubb
RP P. VenditteD. BakerA. SopkoD. Jagiello
RPB. SchlitterS. SpitzbarthA. IstlerJ. Carter
RPE. ParedesM. JohnsonI. AndersonZ. Pop
RPJ. BroussardK. KowalczykR. MoseleyA. Zabala
RPA. LiberatoreJ. LiranzoN. LongM. Gamboa
RPB. MoranJ. DeFratusJ. RichmanA. Hamilton
RPD. CorcinoE. De LeonS. AllieD. Hemmerich
RPC.C. Lee  W. Montgomerie
    
60-Day DL
(MLB)
Minors DL Other
T. KoehlerH. OwensY. Diaz (XST)
J. Urias E. Rios (XST)
  M. White (XST)

Players who made my Top 100 have their ranking in parenthesis (except for a couple newcomers).

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The Oklahoma City Dodgers are shaping up to be a strong team once again. Yes, they’re going to lose players to promotion, but they’ll also gain some players from Double-A. Their Opening Day roster looks strong.

Players to watch: Walker Buehler (1), Jake Peter (26), Brock Stewart, Andrew Toles, Alex Verdugo (3)

No. of players in my Top 100: 10

The Dodgers just acquired Breyvic Valera from the Cardinals. The 26-year-old utility player would have placed in my Top 100, if I did the rankings today. The number above reflects that.

The roster is subject to change, because there’s a good chance Stewart is going to get the call to replace Wilmer Font, who is probably going to go on the 10-day disabled list after throwing 95 pitches in the last two days. Also, I’m assuming Henry Owens is on the minor-league disabled list. Either that or he’s at extended spring training, but he isn’t listed on the preliminary OKC roster, and the “Minors DL” section looked lonely.

Of course, as I publish this post, J.P. Hoornstra does his best to torpedo it.

(Pay no attention to the timestamp on the tweet and this post.)

Zach Neal will need to be added to the 40-man roster, so expect Justin Turner to get moved to the 60-day DL. There’s also a chance Josh Fields or Ross Stripling could be optioned to make room for Neal on the 25-man roster, rather than putting Font on the DL. We’ll see what happens.

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The Tulsa Drillers were lacking a bit in star power to begin last season, but by the end, they were in much better shape. They fell one game short of the Texas League championship and look primed to challenge for it again this season.

Players to watch: Yadier Alvarez (5), Drew Jackson (27), DJ Peters (12), Errol Robinson (34), Keibert Ruiz (2), Dennis Santana (9), Will Smith (7)

No. of players in my Top 100: 18

Again, a minor trade — this one for former Orioles’ RHP Jesus Liranzo — would have landed another player in my hypothetical/revised Top 100. The number above reflects that.

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The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have a chance to be sneaky good, especially if a couple of their higher-ceiling prospects go boom. They’ll also get reinforcements from Low-A.

Players to watch: Imani Abdullah (19), Omar Estevez (30), Jeren Kendall (8), Gavin Lux (14), Cristian Santana (16), Jordan Sheffield (17), Connor Wong (18)

No. of players in my Top 100: 19

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The Great Lakes Loons are the team lacking the most star power and present talent, but there are still some quality prospects to watch down there.

Players to watch: Romer Cuadrado (31), Starling Heredia (13), Melvin Jimenez (23), Riley Ottesen (37)

No. of players in my Top 100: 13

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These rosters, as you can see above, are missing three rather significant prospects — Yusniel Diaz (6), Dustin May (11), Edwin Rios (10) and Mitchell White (4). All of them are back at Camelback Ranch, presumably working on strength and conditioning. May and White are working on building stamina, while Diaz and Rios — both of whom looked good in spring training — are getting further instruction.

It should be a fun minor-league season, as the Dodgers’ organization has some of the best teams in town.

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.