Great Lakes Loons 2014 Opening Day roster

Kyle Farmer saw major league action during one game with the Dodgers in the Cactus League this spring. - Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Great Lakes opens their season on Thursday with a road contest in Fort Wayne.

MIDLAND, Mich. -- The Class-A Great Lakes Loons announced their 2014 Opening Day roster on Monday, highlighted by seven players drafted by the Dodgers in 2013.

The roster includes right-hander Jacob Rhame (drafted in sixth round in 2013), shortstop Brandon Trinkwon (seventh), catcher Kyle Farmer (eighth), left-hander Michael Johnson (14th), right-hander Greg Harris Jr. (17th), right-hander James Baune (21st) and infielder Dillon Moyer (38th) as players entering their second professional season.

Victor Arano, who was ranked the 10th-best Dodgers prospect by Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus, is the latest Dodgers teenage pitching prospect to make his way through Great Lakes. Arano was 3-2 with a 4.20 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 49⅓ innings last year in the Arizona Rookie League after getting signed out of Mexico in April.

A pair of Loons saw time in Cactus League games this spring for the Dodgers. Farmer, who converted from college infielder to catcher in the pros, played one one game and picked up a base hit in his only at-bat; outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo, who might be Great Lakes' best hitter, was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in four games during the spring.

Scavuzzo (15th) and first baseman Justin Chigbogu (18th) are the two Loons who were ranked among the top 20 prospects in the organization by Baseball America.

The Loons will be managed by Bill Haselman, the former big league catcher who joins the Dodgers organization after managing the last two years managing Class-A Inland Empire in the Angels system.

Here is the 25-man Great Lakes roster, which includes 13 pitchers:

Pos Player 2014 age* Origin
RHP Victor Arano 19 FA (2013)
RHP James Baune 22 2013 (21st)
RHP Zachary Bird 19 2012 (9th)
RHP James Campbell 22 2012 (12th)
RHP Luis Chirinos 24 FA (2014)
RHP Greg Harris 19 2013 (17th)
LHP Michael Johnson 23 2013 (14th)
RHP Brandon Martinez 23 2009 (7th)
RHP Jonathan Martinez 20 FA (2011)
LHP Jack McGeary 25 FA (2013)
RHP Mark Pope 25 FA (2014)
RHP Jacob Rhame 21 2013 (6th)
RHP Francisco Villa 22 FA (2011)
C Kyle Farmer 23 2013 (8th)
C Webster Rivas 23 FA (2010)
1B Justin Chigbogu 19 2012 (4th)
2B Jesmuel Valentin 20 2012 (sandwich pick)
SS Brandon Trinkwon 22 2013 (7th)
IF Dillon Moyer 22 2013 (38th)
IF Paul Hoenecke 23 2012 (24th)
IF Delvin Morales 23 FA (2009)
OF Jacob Scavuzzo 20 2012 (21st)
OF Alex Santana 20 2011 (2nd)
OF Malcolm Holland 22 2011 (33rd)
OF Joey Curletta 20 2012 (6th)
*Age as of June 30, 2014

Great Lakes opens its season on Thursday night on the road at Fort Wayne. The Loons' home opener is Tuesday night, April 8 against Cedar Rapids.

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