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Low-A Great Lakes 2018 preliminary opening day roster

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Melvin Jimenez struck out 36 in 28 innings with Great Lakes last season just after turning 18.

LOS ANGELES — Ten Dodgers draft picks from 2017 will open their 2018 season with Class-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League.

Riley Ottesen, Wills Montgomerie and Zach Pop are all part of the Loons’ pitching staff, and were drafted from the fifth through seventh round last June.

Also on the roster are young slugging outfielders Starling Heredia and Carlos Rincon. Heredia is just 19 but has a lot of pop in his bat, even though he struggled in his 26 games with Great Lakes last season, hitting just .212/.291/.323. Heredia was ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 14 prospect by our David Hood.

Rincon turned 20 in October. He hit .198/.270/.404 with 18 home runs in 87 games in his first taste of full season ball last season, but also won the Midwest League home run derby.

Melvin Jimenez had 36 strikeouts and 12 walks in his 28 innings with the Loons last season, and doesn’t turn 19 until this July.

Great Lakes opens its schedule at home on Thursday against Lansing (Blue Jays).

Great Lakes preliminary roster

Pos Player B/T 2018 age* How acquired 2017 highest level
Pos Player B/T 2018 age* How acquired 2017 highest level
RHP James Carter R/R 24 2016 draft (21st) Great Lakes
RHP Max Gamboa R/R 23 2017 draft (18th) AZL
LHP Austin Hamilton L/L 24 FA, 2017 Ogden
LHP Devin Hemmerich R/L 22 2017 draft (26th) Ogden
RHP Dan Jagiello R/R 23 2017 draft (34th) Great Lakes
RHP Melvin Jimenez S/R 18 Int'l FA, 12/23/15 Great Lakes
RHP Marshall Kasowski R/R 23 2017 draft (13th) Great Lakes
RHP Wills Montgomerie R/R 23 2017 draft (6th) Great Lakes
RHP Riley Ottesen R/R 23 2017 draft (5th) Great Lakes
RHP Zach Pop R/R 21 2017 draft (7th) AZL
RHP Andre Scrubb R/R 23 2016 draft (8th) Great Lakes
RHP Edwin Uceta R/R 20 Int'l FA, 7/2/16 Ogden
RHP Jesus Vargas R/R 19 Int'l FA, 12/2/14 Ogden
RHP Aneurys Zabala R/R 21 Trade (Sea), 3/1/17 AZL
C Garrett Hope R/R 24 FA, 2015 Tulsa
C Gersel Pitre R/R 22 Int'l FA, 12/12/13 Great Lakes
C Ramon Rodriguez R/R 19 2016 draft (30th) Great Lakes
2B/3B Marcus Chiu R/R 21 2017 draft (15th) AZL
2B/3B Zach McKinstry L/R 23 2016 draft (33rd) Tulsa
2B/3B Brandon Montgomery R/R 22 2016 draft (26th) Rancho Cucamonga
SS/2B/3B Moises Perez R/R 20 Int'l FA, 7/18/13 Great Lakes
3B/1B Jared Walker L/R 22 2014 draft (5th) Rancho Cucamonga
1B Nick Yarnall L/L 23 2016 draft (35th) Great Lakes
OF Romer Cuadrado R/R 20 Int'l FA, 7/2/14 Ogden
OF Starling Heredia R/R 19 Int'l FA, 7/2/15 Great Lakes
OF Brayan Morales R/L 22 2016 draft (15th) Tulsa
OF Zach Reks L/R 24 2017 draft (10th) Rancho Cucamonga
OF Carlos Rincon R/R 20 Int'l FA, 7/2/15 Great Lakes
*age as of June 30, 2018