We have bandied about a potential LAD 25 man roster, so now I want to take a shot at a possible 25 man roster at OKC and Tulsa. One thing we have learned is that FAZ really wants players who can conceivably be called to LA if needed at AAA. At times there may be a player that has advanced quick enough to move to OKC without a real opportunity to advance to LA during the season. Currently there are 30 on the OKC roster, and that does not count Yimi Garcia, Kyle Farmer, and Andrew Toles. I still believe that Farmer stays with the LA Dodgers at least until JT comes back. It is strongly rumored that Yimi will start the season on the DL so that he can stay in AZ and work to get stronger. That would leave Toles to move to OKC making the roster 31. There are 17 pitchers on the roster, including Dennis Santana (22 in April). I do not think he is ready for AAA as a starter, but he was not added to the roster without reason. Santana has apparently passed both Josh Sborz (24) and Andrew Sopko (23), and with the Santana promotion, both Sborz and Sopko will probably return to Tulsa again where they reside on the roster. After spending the final month of 2016 at Tulsa and spending all of 2017, maybe the sheen on their prospect star is fading just a bit.
OKC DodgersStarters (5)Walker Buehler (R)Brock Stewart (R)Dennis Santana (R)Henry Owens (L)Manny Banuelos (L) That would put Zach Neal in a crowded bullpen as a long man. Relievers (8)Pat Venditte (S)Joe Broussard (R)Edward Paredes (L)Adam Liberatore (L)Yaisel Sierra (R)Zach Neal (R)CC Lee (R)Jordan Jankowski (R) Stetson Allie (R), Dylan Baker (R), Luis Ysla (L) all seem more appropriate at lower levels at this time. Cesar Ramos (L) will undoubtedly get some consideration over Neal, Lee, and Jankowski. One of the four will also be a DFA casualty once Yimi Garcia comes off the DL. All four of Neal, Lee, Jankowski, and Ramos are vulnerable if Spitzbarth, Copping, and Moran are considered for advancement. Catchers (2)Rocky Gale (R)Shawn Zarraga (S) Either Gale or Zarraga will end up a DFA casualty if/when Farmer is optioned to OKC. Infielders (5)Edwin Rios – 1B (L)Jake Peter – 2B (L)Max Muncy – 3B (L)Donovan Solano – SS (R)Tim Locastro – 2B/SS/CF Utility infielder/outfielder (R) There does not appear to be any room for Angelo Mora who is on the OKC roster or Errol Robinson who is on the Tulsa roster. Outfielders (5)Andrew Toles (L)Alex Verdugo (L)Henry Ramos (S)Matt Beaty (L) – Corner Utility infielder/outfielderTravis Taijeron (R) This is a very heavy left hand hitting lineup, but they are all ML ready and deserving of AAA.
Tulsa Drillers:Starters (5)Yadier Alvarez (R)Mitchell White (R)Caleb Ferguson (L)Josh Sborz (R)Andrew Sopko (R) Relievers (8)Corey Copping (R)Brian Moran (L)Shea Spitzbarth (R)Michael Johnson (L)Daniel Corcino (R)Karch Kowalczyk (R)Layne Somsen (R)Dylan Baker (R) It does not appear that there is a spot for Stetson or Ysla, but I do believe that the Dodgers do want to consider them both. They could get some time at Rancho. Catchers (2)Will Smith (R)Keibert Ruiz (S) Garrett Kennedy could be a third catcher and Smith could play 3B or 2B on occasion. But I think it is more likely that he goes back to Rancho to back up Connor Wong. Paul Hoenecke could be spending some time on the DL until things sort out. Infielders (5)Peter O’Brien – 1B – (R)Drew Jackson – 2B – (R)Mike Ahmed – 3B – (R)Errol Robinson – SS – (R)Angelo Mora – Utility infielder – (R) Outfielders (5)Yusniel Diaz – (R)DJ Peters – (R)Jacob Scavuzzo – (R)Kyle Garlick – (R)Luke Raley – (L) Tulsa has the look of a very strong and experienced team, especially with a strong rotation and bullpen. Since FAZ likes experience at AAA, it is likely that they will make judicious use of the DL and extended spring training.Just as OKC is LH hitting dominant, Tulsa is RH hitting dominant. I have not seen where balancing the rosters is a high priority in placing the prospects. So it does not seem likely that prospects will be moved up or down because of RH hitting or LH hitting.