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Dodgers Pioneer League affiliate starts 2017 season on Monday night

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The rookie-level Ogden Raptors, the Dodgers’ short-season affiliate in the Pioneer League, starts its season on Monday night, beginning a 76-game schedule.

Ogden has a new manager in Mark Kertenian, a longtime college coach at Cal State Northridge, Nevada, and Florida International, who joined the Dodgers organization in December.

“Having players drafted and signed, and having them return and talk to me about their experiences, it was becoming evident ... that the Dodgers and how they’re developing their farm system and staffs was the best,” Kertenian told Brett Hein of the Standard Examiner in Ogden. “It’s a very holistic and amazing approach to development, so I pursued the Dodgers heavily.”

Several 2017 draft picks will eventually find their way to Ogden, but none are on the opening day roster.

Among the most intriguing Raptors is Matt Jones, the former first baseman and outfielder drafted by the Dodgers in 2014 who switched to pitching this offseason, back to where he started in college at Nebraska.

Bobby Cuellar returns as the pitching coach, and a new hitting coach is 26-year-old Justin Viele, a minor league infielder who played 2013-14 in the Orioles system. Pedro Guerrero also returns as a hitting coach, and Tom Kunis is another coach on the staff.

The Raptors open their schedule on the road Monday night at the Orem Owlz (Angels) in a 6:05 p.m. PT start.

Ogden opening day roster

Pos Player B/T 2017 age* 40-man? 2016 highest level
Pos Player B/T 2017 age* 40-man? 2016 highest level
RHP James Carter R/R 23 No Rookie (Arizona)
LHP Francis Cespedes L/L 22 No Rookie (Arizona)
RHP Conor Costello R/R 24 No Ogden
RHP Logan Crouse R/R 20 No Rookie (Arizona)
RHP Matt Ditman R/R 24 No Class-A (Lexington)
RHP Carlos Felix R/R 21 No Rancho Cucamonga (2017)
LHP Austin French R/L 23 No Great Lakes (2017)
RHP Zach Hartman R/R 25 No Class-A (Inland Empire)
RHP Matt Jones L/R 23 No Class-A Great Lakes
RHP Gregorio Miguel R/R 19 No Great Lakes (2017)
RHP Jeremiah Muhammad R/R 22 No Rookie (Missoula)
LHP Jairo Pacheco L/L 20 No Ogden
RHP Jeff Paschke R/R 22 No Rookie (Arizona)
RHP Adalberto Peña R/R 22 No Ogden
RHP Osiris Ramirez R/R 21 No Ogden
RHP Edwin Uceta R/R 19 No Dominican Summer Lg
RHP Kam Uter R/R 21 No Great Lakes (2017)
C Luis Paz L/R 21 No Great Lakes (2017)
C Hendrik Clementina R/R 20 No Rookie (Arizona)
C Garrett Hope R/R 23 No Rancho Cucamonga (2017)
1B Nick Yarnall L/L 22 No Class-A Great Lakes
2B Samuel Ortiz S/R 20 No Class-A Rancho
3B Brock Carpenter R/R 22 No Ogden
3B/SS Cristian Santana R/R 20 No Rookie (Arizona)
IF Moises Perez R/R 19 No Class-A Great Lakes
IF Kevin Lachance R/R 22 No DNP
OF Romer Cuadrado R/R 19 No Rookie (Arizona)
OF Michael Medina R/R 20 No Ogden
OF Daniel Padilla R/R 20 No Dominican Summer Lg
Muhammad and Uter are technically with Ogden on rehab assignments. *2017 age is as of June 30, 2017