LOS ANGELES -- The rookie-level Ogden Raptors on Wednesday announced their opening day roster, which includes 13 players picked by the Dodgers in the 2015 draft, set to begin their professional career in northern Utah.
Included on the Raptors are 2015 fourth-round infielder Willie Calhoun, plus pitchers Tommy Bergjans (eighth round) and(ninth round) and outfielder Logan Landon (10th round), to name a few.
Ogden will also feature four newly-converted pitchers - former catchers John Cannon and, and outfielder Colin Hering, the latter a 2014 draft pick. Clint Freeman, another 2014 draft pick, also converted to pitching, from first base.
Cannon pitched one game for Double-A Tulsa earlier this season, allowing one run on two hits in one inning in his relief appearance.
Outfielder Theo Alexander, a 2012 seventh-round pick who hit .217/.282/.333 in 43 games for Ogden in 2014, is also on the roster but will start on the restricted list. Alexander was suspended 50 games in January for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The earliest Alexander can be activated is August 12.
Brett Hein of the Standard Examiner has more information on the roster, including thoughts from some of the players and coaches.
Ogden will be managed this year by John Shoemaker, who managed the rookie-level Arizona Dodgers in 2014 and has been a Dodgers minor league coach, manager or instructor in some capacity since 1981. Bobby Cuellar and Darryl Brinkley are the pitching coach and hitting coach, respectively, both experienced coaches in their first year in the Dodgers' organization. Angel Sanchez, who started the season on the coaching staff of Class-A Great Lakes, is the fourth coach for the Raptors. Fumi Ishibashi, who was a Dodgers bullpen catcher in 2013, takes Sanchez's place with the Loons.
The Raptors begin Pioneer League play beginning Thursday night, hosting the Orem Owlz (Angels) at Lindquist Field. Here is the opening day roster:
|2015 Ogden Raptors preliminary roster|
|Pitchers (19)||B/T||2015 age*||How acquired||Highest 2014 level|
|Tommy Bergjans||R/R||22||2015 draft (8th rd)||n/a|
|Kevin Brown||R/R||23||2015 draft (9th rd)||n/a|
||2012 draft (29th rd)
||Double-A Tulsa (2015)
|Jose Capellan||R/R||24||international FA (2009)||Class-A Rancho Cucamonga|
|Marcus Crescenti||R/R||22||2015 draft (26th rd)||n/a|
||international FA (2013)
||Class-A Great Lakes (2015)
|Clint Freeman||L/L||24||2014 (8th rd)||AZL Dodgers|
|Victor Gonzalez||L/L||19||international FA (2012)||Class-A Great Lakes (2015)|
|Wes Helsabeck||L/L||22||non-drafted FA, 6/15/15||n/a|
|Colin Hering||L/L||24||2014 draft (10th rd)||Ogden|
|Andrew Istler||R/R||22||2015 draft (23rd rd)||n/a|
|Rob McDonnell||L/L||23||2015 draft (25th rd)||n/a|
|Takumi Numata||R/R||21||international FA (2013)||AZL Dodgers|
|Lenix Osuna||R/R||19||international FA (2012)||AZL Dodgers|
|Jairo Pacheco||L/L||18||international FA (2013)||AZL Dodgers|
|Cameron Palmer||R/R||23||2015 draft (24th rd)||n/a|
|Bernardo Reyes||R/R||19||international FA (2013)||Ogden|
|Dennis Santana||R/R||19||international FA (2013)||DSL Dodgers|
|William Soto||R/R||19||international FA (2012)||AZL Dodgers|
|Ivan Vieitez||L/R||22||2015 draft (27th rd)||n/a|
|Catchers (3)||B/T||2015 age*||How acquired||Highest 2014 level|
|Jake Henson||R/R||21||2015 (21st rd)||n/a|
|Hunter Redman||R/R||22||2014 (8th rd)||Ogden|
|Ryan Scott||R/R||20||2013 draft (30th rd)||Class-A Great Lakes (2015)|
|Infielders (7)||B/T||2015 age*||How acquired||Highest 2014 level|
|Matt Beaty||L/R||22||2015 draft (12th rd)||n/a|
|Willie Calhoun||L/R||20||2015 draft (4th rd)||n/a|
|Yensys Capellan||R/R||21||international FA (2012)||Ogden|
|Nick Dean||R/R||23||2015 draft (32nd rd)
|Scott De Jong||R/R||22||2014 draft (32nd rd)||Class-A Great Lakes (2015)|
|Chris Godinez||R/R||22||2015 (18th rd)||n/a|
|Deion Ulmer||R/R||20||2014 draft (26th rd)||AZL Dodgers|
|Outfielders (5)||B/T||2015 age*||How acquired||Highest 2014 level|
|Deivy Castillo||L/L||19||international FA (2013)||AZL Dodgers|
|Matt Jones||L/R||21||2014 draft (25th rd)||AZL Dodgers|
|Logan Landon||R/R||22||2015 draft (10th rd)||n/a|
|Michael Medina||R/R||18||international FA (2013)||AZL Dodgers|
|Reymundo Torres||R/R||21||international FA (2013)||AZL Dodgers (2013; DNP in 2014)|
|*age as of June 30, 2015|