As Dodgers regroup Walker Buehler makes his 2018 minor league debut

While the Dodgers get a travel day to figure out their offense and why they can’t win when the two best pitchers pitch, the minor league schedule opens with Walker Buehler highlighting the schedule.

Buehler is the odds-on favorite to get the first call when the Dodgers need a starter. Heck if Kenley Jansen has to hit the DL, they might even consider using him in the bullpen. If it was something they seriously thought about last Sept for October, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t consider it if they were to lose their best arm in the bullpen.

 

AAA Opening Day Notes:

Helping out Buehler in AAA will be Andrew Toles and Alex Verdugo as they jockey to be the first outfielder recalled if/when the Dodgers give up or an injury hits Matt Kemp. Following Buehler in the rotation will be Manny Banuelos and Brock Stewart.  You would expect Buehler to be second on the depth chart behind Buehler. In the bullpen, Pat Venditte, Adam Liberatore, and Edwardo Paredes will all be trying to impress enough to get back to the major leagues. The dual throwing Venditte was fantastic this spring but has had only moderate major league success. Back in 2016, Adam Liberatore was one of the best left-handed relief pitchers in the National League but injuries set him back in 2017. Edwardo Paredes gave the team a big lift in 2017 but was unable to crack the major league roster this spring.

1st/3rd baseman Edwin Rios who tore up spring training is not in the starting lineup nor is he listed on the roster.  They say he is in extended spring training which I don’t quite understand given he played all spring. Matt Beaty is also not on the roster so I guess he’s also in extended spring training.

With both Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz in AA, the catching depth in AAA consists of Rocky Gale. Hopefully, he’ll never be needed.  Jake Peter, Tim Locastro, and Rob Segedin all have the talent to be fringe major league utility players and provide the Dodgers some depth in case of short-term injuries.

I don’t see much else on the AAA Oklahoma City roster that is of much interest to anyone other than their friends and family.

# Name Pos MLB 40-man DOB
4 Walker Buehler P Yes 07-28-1994
Jesen Therrien P No 03-18-1993
23 Brock Stewart P Yes 10-03-1991
20 Manny Banuelos P No 03-13-1991
30 Joe Broussard P No 01-28-1991
22 Daniel Corcino P No 08-26-1990
25 Brian Moran P No 09-30-1988
36 Adam Liberatore P Yes 05-12-1987
12 C.C. Lee P No 10-21-1986
14 Edward Paredes P Yes 09-30-1986
47 Brian Schlitter P No 12-21-1985
5 Pat Venditte P No 06-30-1985
55 Guillermo Moscoso P No 11-14-1983
Position Players
# Name Pos MLB 40-man DOB
16 Cael Brockmeyer C No 10-08-1991
10 Alex Burg C No 08-09-1987
7 Rocky Gale C No 02-22-1988
# Name Pos MLB 40-man DOB
3 Jake Peter 2B No 04-05-1993
8 Tim Locastro 2B Yes 07-14-1992
2 Breyvic Valera 2B Yes 01-08-1992
13 Max Muncy 3B No 08-25-1990
26 Rob Segedin 3B Yes 11-10-1988
11 Donovan Solano 2B No 12-17-1987
# Name Pos MLB 40-man DOB
27 Alex Verdugo CF Yes 05-15-1996
6 Andrew Toles LF Yes 05-24-1992
17 Henry Ramos RF No 04-15-1992
18 Travis Taijeron RF No 01-20-1989
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