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Double-A Tulsa Drillers 2018 preliminary opening day roster

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Catcher Keibert Ruiz is in Double-A at age 19.
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LOS ANGELES — Highlighting the preliminary opening day roster for the Tulsa Drillers are the Dodgers’ top two catching prospects, with Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith starting their 2018 season in Double-A.

Smith got the call to Tulsa in 2017 but broke his hand in his first game with the Drillers. He was ranked the Dodgers’ No. 9 prospect heading into 2018 by our own David Hood.

The assignment of Ruiz to Double-A is aggressive, but deserved. The switch-hitter played just 38 games at High-A Rancho Cucamonga but combined to hit .316/.361/.452 between Low-A Great Lakes and Rancho in 2017, winning the Branch Rickey Award as the Dodgers’ minor league player of the year.

Ruiz doesn’t turn 20 until July 20.

Among the pitchers they will be catching are Yadier Alvarez and Dennis Santana, who each made seven starts in Tulsa last year, Santana was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in November.

Also on the 40-man roster and in Tulsa is pitcher Dylan Baker, who was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers in January. Henry Owens will join Baker in the Drillers bullpen shortly but will first open the year on Tulsa’s DL.

Mitchell White also made seven starts in Tulsa last season, and the 2016 second-round pick remains in extended spring training building up his innings before joining an affiliate. Outfielder Yusniel Diaz is also starting the year in extended spring training building up his workload.

Jesus Liranzo was originally ticketed for Tulsa after getting acquired from Baltimore on Monday, but the right-hander was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Tulsa preliminary roster

Pos Player B/T 2018 age* How acquired 2017 highest level
Pos Player B/T 2018 age* How acquired 2017 highest level
SP Dennis Santana 22 R/R Int'l FA, 3/12/13 Great Lakes
SP Yadier Alvarez 22 R/R Int'l FA, 7/2/15 Rancho Cucamonga
SP Caleb Ferguson 21 R/L 2014 draft (38th) Rancho Cucamonga
SP Justin De Fratus 30 S/R FA, 2/18/08 Arkansas (Double-A)
SP Devin Smeltzer 22 R/L 2016 (5th) Rancho Cucamonga
RHP Dylan Baker 26 R/R Trade (Mil), 1/2/18 Akron (Double-A)
RHP Corey Copping 24 R/R 2015 draft (31st) Tulsa
LHP Michael Johnson 27 L/L 2013 draft (14th) Tulsa
RHP Josh Sborz 24 R/R 2015 draft (2nd) Tulsa
RHP Shea Spitzbarth 23 R/R FA, 7/20/15 Tulsa
RHP Karch Kowalczyk 27 R/R 2014 draft (37th) Tulsa
RHP Emmanuel De Leon 27 S/R FA, 2018 Dominican winter lg
DL Henry Owens 25 L/L Waivers (AZ) 12/22/17 Pawtucket (Triple-A)
C Will Smith 23 R/R 2016 draft (1st) Tulsa
C Keibert Ruiz 19 S/R Int'l FA, 7/20/14 Rancho Cucamonga
1B/OF Connor Joe 25 R/R Trade (Atl), 9/25/17 Double-A (Atl/Pit)
3B/2B/SS Angelo Mora 25 S/R Rule 5 (Bal), 2017 Lehigh Valley (Triple-A)
3B Wes Darvill 26 L/R FA, 2018 Tennessee (Double-A)
IF Michael Ahmed 26 R/R 2013 draft (20th) Oklahoma City
SS/2B Drew Jackson 24 R/R Trade (Sea), 3/1/17 Tulsa
1B Peter O'Brien 27 R/R Waivers (Tex), 6/18/17 Tulsa
SS/2B Errol Robinson 23 R/R 2016 draft (6th) Tulsa
OF Kyle Garlick 26 R/R 2015 draft (28th) Tulsa
OF D.J. Peters 22 R/R 2016 draft (4th) Tulsa
OF Jacob Scavuzzo 24 R/R 2012 draft (21st) Oklahoma City
OF Luke Raley 23 L/R 2016 draft (7th) Rancho Cucamonga
*age as of June 30, 2108