The Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes announced their 2016 roster on Monday, with pitcher Grant Holmes and outfielder Yusniel Diaz highlighting the Dodgers' California League affiliate.
The Quakes will open defense of their California League Title on Thursday night, as they host the Lake Elsinore Storm at LoanMart Field.
Holmes, 20, was 6-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 24 starts for Low-A Great Lakes in 2015. The 2014 first-round pick struck out 117 in 103 1/3 innings and allowed only 86 hits. Joining Holmes in the rotation will be right-handers Trevor Oaks, Josh Sborz and Brock Stewart.
Other arms to make their return to Rancho include right-handers Joe Broussard, Kyle Hooper, Karch Kowalczyk, Chris Powell and A.J. Vanegas. Lefty Luis De Paula, another returner from last year's club, is the only lefty in the pen to start the year.
Position players returning to the Quakes that were a part of last year's Championship-winning team include catcher Paul Hoenecke, infielder Tim Locastro and outfielders Joey Curletta, Kyle Garlick and Johan Mieses.
Of the 25 players on the current roster, 14 of them earned a championship ring by playing in Rancho Cucamonga in 2015.
The Quakes will carry a total of three prospects that Baseball America considers to be ranked in the Dodgers Top-30, with Holmes (6), Johan Mieses (12) and Sborz at (17).
Diaz, 19, will be one of the most intriguing players on the Quakes roster after signing a deal worth a reported $15.5 million in the offseason after coming over from Cuba. The right-handed slugger will be making his professional debut after some playing time with the Dodgers this spring.
The Quakes will be managed by Drew Saylor in his first year in the organization. Also joining the Quakes coaching staff is hitting coach Jay Gibbons, pitching coach Kip Wells and fourth coach Rafael Ozuna.
|Pos||Player||2016 age||How acquired||Highest 2015 level|
|P||Tommy Bergjans||24||2015 draft (8th round)||Great Lakes|
|P||Joe Broussard||25||2014 draft (15th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||Luis De Paula||24||international FA, 2012||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||Scott Griggs||25||2012 draft (8th round)||Tulsa|
|P||Grant Holmes||20||2014 draft (1st round)||Great Lakes|
|P||Kyle Hooper||25||2013 draft (25th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||Karch Kowalczyk||25||2014 draft (37th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||Trevor Oaks||23||2014 draft (7th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||Chris Powell||23||2015 draft (39th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||Bobby Rossman||24||2014 draft (22nd round)||Great Lakes|
|P||Josh Sborz||22||2015 draft (2nd round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||Brock Stewart||24||2014 draft (6th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|P||A.J. Vanegas||23||2014 draft (11th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|C||Paul Hoenecke||25||2012 draft (24th round)||Tulsa|
|C||Julian Leon||20||undrafted FA, 2012||Great Lakes|
|IF||Michael Ahmed||24||2013 draft (20th round)||Great Lakes|
|IF||Matt Beaty||23||2015 draft (12th round)||Great Lakes|
|IF||Tim Locastro||23||trade (Tor), 7/2/15||Rancho Cucamonga|
|IF||Erick Mejia||21||trade (Sea), 1/12/16||Tacoma|
|IF||Jordan Tarsovich||25||2015 draft (22nd round)||Great Lakes|
|OF||Joey Curletta||22||2012 draft (6th round)||Tulsa|
|OF||Yusniel Diaz||19||international FA, 2016||Cuba|
|OF||Kyle Garlick||24||2015 draft (28th round)||Rancho Cucamonga|
|OF||Johan Mieses||20||international FA, 2013||Rancho Cucamonga|
|OF||Andrew Toles||24||free Agent, 2016||Rancho Cucamonga|