As the Los Angeles Dodgers play the third game of their 2015 season on Wednesday in a rubber match with the San Diego Padres, their Minor League affiliates have yet to play their first game of the new season.
Over the course of the last few days, the affiliates held their respective media days and on Wednesday, Triple-A Oklahoma City announced their preliminary 2015 roster ahead of Thursday’s season opener against Round Rock.
With the preliminary roster not including players expected to be moved to the disabled list, the OKC Dodgers currently are carrying 26 players — 14 pitchers, five infielders, four outfielders and three catchers.
Recognizable names who were in camp with the Dodgers and remain on the 40-man roster that now are in Triple-A are Austin Barnes, Carlos Frias, Kiké Hernandez and David Huff, among others. Hernandez got off to a slow start in his first spring with the Dodgers before turning the corner at the plate.
One of the 23-year-old utility man’s best highlights was a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of the Freeway Series finale. He was then one of three players optioned to Triple-A after the game.
The breakdown is as follows:
Pitchers: David Aardsma, Scott Baker, Mike Bolsinger, Ryan Butcher, Jorge De Leon, Carlos Frias, Freddy Garcia, David Huff, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Josh Ravin, Sergio Santos, Joe Wieland
Infielders: Buck Britton, O’Koyea Dickson, Kiké Hernandez, Elliot Johnson, Darnell Sweeney
Outfielders: Matt Carson, Chris Heisey, Kyle Jensen, Scott Schebler
Catchers: Austin Barnes, Ralph Henriquez, Shawn Zarraga
Twelve of the players on the Triple-A roster saw time in the Majors last season. Boslinger, Huff, Frias and Liberatore figure to be in line for time with the Dodgers should their pitching staff again fall victim to injury.
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