The season opening roster for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers has been finalized. The list features several top prospects within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, including five players currently on the Dodgers 40-man major league roster.
Of the 28 players who have been assigned to Tulsa, 18 have previously played for the Drillers.
The biggest group of returning players is on the pitching staff, as 11 members are back in Tulsa to open the season.
The five players who are on the Dodgers 40-man roster are a mixture of returning and new players. The list includes catcher Diego Cartaya (Dodgers #1 prospect), and infielders Eddys Leonard (#18 prospect) and Jorbit Vivas (#19 prospect). All three will be making their first appearances with the Drillers.
The other two 40-man roster players are returning outfielders Andy Pages (#7 prospect) and Jonny DeLuca (#22 prospect). Both were in Tulsa last season.
In total, there are 11 players on the Tulsa roster who are ranked among the Dodgers Top 30 prospects.
Cartaya was signed by the Dodgers as an international free agent in 2018. He is not only ranked as the #1 prospect in the Dodgers organization, but also as the #14 prospect in all of Minor League Baseball.
The 11 returning pitchers include: Jake Cantleberry, Tanner Dodson, Nick Frasso (#11 prospect), Alec Gamboa, Kyle Hurt, Landon Knack (#20 prospect), Jordan Leasure, Lael Lockhart, Cole Percival, John Rooney and Emmet Sheehan (#15 prospect).
Five pitchers will be making their Drillers debuts, and they are: Trevor Bettencourt, Ben Harris, Jack Little, Carlo Reyes and River Ryan (#14 prospect).
Ryan was acquired by the Dodgers in a 2022 trade that sent Matt Beaty to the San Diego Padres.
Of the 12 position players, six have previously played for Tulsa. Those six include two infielders, three outfielders and one catcher.
The infield includes 2022 Drillers returnees Kody Hoese and Brandon Lewis. The new faces are Leonard, Vivas and Imanol Vargas. Lewis was third on the Drillers with 24 home runs last year. Leonard hit .375 in 16 spring training games with the Dodgers this year, while Vivas also played in 16 spring games with the big club, hitting .238 with 5 RBI and 1 stolen base.
The outfielders who have previously played for the Drillers are DeLuca, Pages and Yusniel Diaz. Diaz played for the Drillers in parts of the 2017 and 2018 seasons before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles.
The two newcomers in the outfield are Jose Ramos (#23 Prospect) and Josh Stowers. Ramos played for Panama in the recent World Baseball Classic and hit .313 with one homer. Stowers has spent the past two seasons in the Texas League as a member of the Frisco RoughRiders.
The catchers will include newcomer Cartaya and returnee Carson Taylor. Cartaya hit .254 with a combined 22 home runs for Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes last year, while Taylor hit .253 with 15 extra-base hits for the Drillers.
The complete list can be viewed in the roster section of the Tulsa website.
The Drillers will open the 2023 season this Thursday, April 6, at ONEOK Field against the San Antonio Missions. The two teams will meet in a three-game series that will run for three straight nights through Saturday, April 6.
The Drillers will then head to Midland, Texas for their first road trip that will consist of a six-game series against the RockHounds.
(The Tulsa Drillers furnished all information contained in this report.)
5 thoughts on “Double-A Tulsa’s Opening Day Roster Loaded with Top Prospects”
The Tulsa roster looks far more interesting than the OKC roster. Of course these groups are very fluid and guys move up and down (mostly up, hopefully) on a regular basis.
I would say that if Tulsa played OKC 10 games, Tulsa would win 6 or 7 of them.
Now that Outman and Vargas have graduated to the MLB roster, it would seem that the majority of our best remaining prospects are still an extra year away and will be starting the year at AA rather than AAA.
Where is Nick Nastrini ?
No clue. He’s not listed on any of the minor league rosters. Interesting. I’ll let you know if I can find anything out.
Pitching is a little thin, but mostly young. Be very interesting to see how Cartaya does
now that they’ve moved him into the professional ranks.
I can vouch for Cartaya being tough. Last year I was at a GL Loons game he was catching. He takes a foul ball in the reproductive organs and collapses face down on top of home plate. Lies there for 3-4 minutes, finally gets up and staggers around for a while longer. Then he stays in the game! I was certain the manager would take him out. But, noooooo.