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Great Lakes Loons 2017 opening day roster

Class-A roster includes 10 players drafted by Dodgers in 2016

Jordan Sheffield will open 2017 with Class-A Great Lakes.
Photo credit: Amanda Ray | Great Lakes Loons

LOS ANGELES — The Great Lakes Loons announced their opening day roster on Monday, three days before the Dodgers’ Class-A affiliate opens Midwest League play.

The roster features 10 players drafted by the Dodgers in 2016, including pitchers Jordan Sheffield (first round supplemental), Dustin May (fourth), Devin Smeltzer (fifth) and A.J. Alexy (11th) and outfielder Cody Thomas (13th).

Switch-hitting catcher Keibert Ruiz begins the year in Great Lakes at just 18 years old, after hitting .354/.393/.503 with 22 extra-base hits in 48 games with rookie-level Ogden in 2016.

Also noticeable, both figuratively and literally, on the Loons roster is 18-year-old third baseman Oneil Cruz, part of the Dodgers’ 2015-2016 international amateur haul. He’s 6’8, and is stateside for the first time after playing last year in the Dominican Summer League.

Great Lakes Loons listed in David Hood’s top 30 Dodgers prospects entering 2017 include Sheffield (15th), Davis (20th) and May (21st). Ruiz was unranked due to lack of video.

The Loons are managed this season by Jeremy Rodriguez, a 27-year-old in his first season in the Dodgers system. His coaching staff includes Fumi Ishibashi, hitting coach Jair Fernandez, and pitching coach Conor McGuinness.

Great Lakes opens their season on Thursday night with a 3:05 p.m. PT game at home against Lansing.

Great Lakes 2017 opening day roster

Pos Player B/T 40-man? 2016 highest level
Pos Player B/T 40-man? 2016 highest level
RHP A.J. Alexy R/R No Rookie
LHP Leonardo Crawford L/L No Low-A
RHP Tony Gonsolin R/R No Low-A
RHP Nolan Long R/R No Low-A
RHP Dustin May R/R No Rookie
RHP Lenix Osuna R/R No Rookie
RHP Vinny Santarsiero R/R No Rookie
RHP Jose Santos R/R No Low-A
RHP Sven Schuller R/R No Rookie
RHP Jordan Sheffiled R/R No Low-A
LHP Devin Smeltzer R/L No Rookie
RHP Willian Soto R/R No Low-A
RHP Christian Stolo R/R No n/a
C Keibert Ruiz S/R No Rookie
C Steve Berman R/R No Low-A
IF Gersel Pitre R/R No Rookie
1B Luis Paz L/R No Rookie
IF Brendon Davis R/R No Low-A
3B Oneil Cruz R/L No Dominican
IF Zach McKinstry L/R No Low-A
OF Saige Jenco L/L No Low-A
OF Darien Tubbs R/L No Low-A
OF Cody Thomas L/R No Rookie
OF Carlos Rincon R/R No Rookie
OF Gage Green L/R No Low-A