Monday, April 4, 2011

Great Lakes, Rancho Cucamonga announce Opening Day rosters (updated)

*Updated with Isotopes' roster*
April 5, 1:24 p.m.: *Updated with Lookouts' roster*

The Dodgers' Class-A affiliates announced their 25-man rosters today.

The Great Lakes Loons, the Dodgers' Low-A affiliate out of the Midwest League, ended up with eight players who were drafted in the first 10 rounds in the Dodgers' 2010 draft, including five Baseball America Top 30 prospects. The biggest catch -- 2010 first-rounder Zach Lee.

The Loons also snagged Leon Landry, who I think could end up being one of the biggest steals of the 2010 draft.

The Rancho Cucomonga Quakes, the Dodgers' High-A affiliate out of the California League, ended up with six Baseball America Top 30 prospects. The biggest catch -- 2008 18th-rounder Allen Webster.

Something that jumps out to me about the Quakes' roster is Tony Delmonico. Granted, it is a press release, but he's listed as an infielder. He was drafted as a 2B/SS but was immediately targeted by Logan White to make the move to catcher. He hasn't been great behind the plate physically, but the has smarts to be a catcher. We'll see what happens.

Overall, there's a lot more potential on the Loons' roster, but there are some gems on the Quakes' roster. Without further ado, here are the rosters. The numbers in parenthesis are the players' ranks from my Top 30.

Great Lakes (Low-A)

Catcher (2)
Steve Domecus, Michael Pericht

Infield (6)
Jesse Bosnik, Blake Dean, Casio Grider, Chris Henderson, Bryant Hernandez, Christian Lara

Outfield (4)
Nick Akins (29), Jonathan Garcia (12), Leon Landry (9), Roman Pena

Pitchers (13)
Logan Bawcom, Robert Boothe, Pete Budkevics, Raul Burgos, Ryan Christenson, Derek Cone, Garrett Gould (13), Zach Lee (4), Bret Montgomery, Red Patterson, Timothy Sexton, Brant Stickel, Shawn Tolleson

Rancho Cucamonga (High-A)

Catcher (2)
Gorman Erickson, J.T. Wise (26)

Infield (6)
Joe Becker, Tony Delmonico (30), Travis Denker, Austin Gallagher, Jake Lemmerman (18), Rafael Ynoa

Outfield (4)
Nick Buss, Ramon Jean, Angelo Songco (22), Blake Smith (15)

Pitchers (13)
Steven Ames, Matt Magill (11), Ethan Martin (14), Scott Nestor, Jordan Roberts, Jon Michael Redding, Felix Romero, Steve Smith, Andrew Suiter, Luis Vasquez, Allen Webster (6), Josh Walter, Greg Wilborn (sleeper)

Some guys who missed both teams include James Baldwin, Joc Pederson and Ralston Cash. It appears all will start in Rookie Ball, as none of them are ready for anything above Class-A.

The Lookouts and Isotopes are expected to release their Opening Day rosters later this week. Jerry Sands will start in Chattanooga (he won't be there long), while Trayvon Robinson and Dee Gordon will start in Albuquerque. I'd be surprised if Rubby De La Rosa didn't at least start in Double-A, but we'll see what happens.

Albuquerque (Triple-A)

Catcher (3)
J.D. Closser, Keyter Collado (DL), Damaso Espino

Infield (5)
Juan Castro, Dee Gordon (2), John Lindsey, Russ Mitchell, Justin Sellers

Outfield (4)
Jamie Hoffmann, Trent Oeltjen, Trayvon Robinson (3), Jerry Sands (1)

Pitchers (13)
Roman Colon, Scott Elbert (19), John Ely, Dana Eveland, Jon Huber, Randy Keisler, Jon Link, Carlos Monasterios, Tim Redding, Travis Schlichting, Ramon Troncoso, Merkin Valdez, Oscar Villarreal

Chattanooga (Double-A)

Alex Garabedian, Jessie Mier, Matt Wallach

Pedro Baez, Ivan Ochoa, Wilberto Ortiz, Jaime Pedroza, Corey Smith

Brad Coon, Elian Herrera, Kyle Russell (27), Alfredo Silverio, Scott Van Slyke

Michael Antonini, Rubby De La Rosa (5), Nathan Eovaldi (28), Javy Guerra, Steven Jackson, Josh Lindblom (24), Aaron Miller (8), Justin Miller, Joey Newby, David Pfeiffer, Stuart Pomeranz, Will Savage, Javier Solano (25), Cole St. Clair, Josh Wall, Chris Withrow (10)


  1. How long do you think the Dodgers keep Lee in Great Lakes?> If he dominates low A does he skip Rancho Cucamonga?>

    I'd love to see him pitch.

  2. I think he'd have to dominate to get the bump. The Dodgers are famous for aggressively promoting young pitchers, so it could happen. You also have to think they'll cap his innings, so it really depends how he performs.

    I can't wait to see him in person -- even if it isn't until next year.