Two of the Dodgers’ best prospects — their first two draft picks in 2019 — found a home in the Tulsa Drillers infield, with Michael Busch and Kody Hoese starting the season in Double-A.
The second baseman Busch was rated in the back end of top-100 prospect lists this preseason by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, ESPN, and topping out at No. 74 by Keith Law at The Athletic. Busch and the third baseman Hoese were non-roster invitees in Dodgers camp this spring.
Busch and Hoese’s highest level in 2019 was Great Lakes, which was then a low-Class-A affiliate, though both spent time in 2020 at the Dodgers alternate training site at USC.
Pitchers Gerardo Carillo and Andre Jackson are the only Tulsa players on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
Other non-roster invitees on the Tulsa roster include pitchers Michael Grove, Ryan Pepiot, Nolan Long, Robinson Ortiz, Nick Robertson, and Gus Varland, catcher Hunter Feduccia, infielders Jacob Amaya, Devin Mann, and Ryan Noda, and outfielder James Outman.
Drillers are back at ONEOK Field.— Tulsa Drillers (@TulsaDrillers) May 3, 2021
Nature is healing. pic.twitter.com/6cjdVGQqkC
The Drillers open their season at home Tuesday night at ONEOK Field, hosting Amarillo. The formerly-named Texas League is now called Double-A Central.
Scott Hennessey returns as Tulsa’s manager, as do hitting coach Brett Pill and pitching coach Dave Borkowski.
The active roster includes 28 players, plus four others on the injured and developmental lists. Yadier Alvarez begins the year on the injured list with Double-A.
Double-A Tulsa opening day roster
|RHP||Yadier Alvarez^||25||Int'l FA (2015)|
|LHP||Michael Boyle^||27||2015 draft (13th rd)|
|LHP||Justin Bruihl||24||undrafted FA (2017)|
|RHP||Gerardo Carrillo||22||Int'l FA (2016)|
|RHP||Max Gamboa||25||2017 draft (18th rd)|
|RHP||Michael Grove||24||2018 draft (2nd rd)|
|RHP||Justin Hagenman||24||2018 draft (23rd rd)|
|RHP||Andre Jackson||25||2017 draft (12th rd)|
|RHP||Nolan Long*||27||2015 draft (16th rd)|
|LHP||Darien Nuñez||28||Int'l FA (2018)|
|RHP||Aaron Ochsenbein||25||2019 draft (6th rd)|
|RHP||Ryan Pepiot||23||2019 draft (3rd rd)|
|RHP||Nick Robertson||22||2019 draft (7th rd)|
|LHP||John Rooney||24||2018 draft (3rd rd)|
|RHP||Gus Varland||24||trade (OAK), 2021|
|LHP||Bryan Warzek||24||2018 draft (6th rd)|
|RHP||Mark Washington||25||2017 draft (25th rd)|
|RHP||Zach Welleman||25||2017 draft (19th rd)|
|RHP||Guillermo Zuniga||22||Int'l FA (2016)|
|C||Stevie Berman||26||2016 draft (31st rd)|
|C||Hunter Feduccia||23||2018 draft (12th rd)|
|C||Juan Zabala*||21||Int'l FA (2015)|
|1B/OF||Ryan Noda||25||trade (TOR), 2021|
|2B||Michael Busch||23||2019 draft (1st rd)|
|3B||Kode Hoese||23||2019 draft (1st rd)|
|SS||Jacob Amaya||22||2017 draft (11th rd)|
|IF||Devin Mann||24||2018 draft (5th rd)|
|2B||Clayton Daniel||26||trade (CHC), 2020|
|OF||Romer Cuadrado||23||Int'l FA (2014)|
|OF||Jeren Kendall||25||2017 draft (1st rd)|
|OF||Donovan Casey||25||2017 draft (20th rd)|
|OF||Carlos Rincon||23||Int'l FA (2015)|