Minor League Action Starts Tonight

The 2011 Minor League season opens today (Thursday) with the Dodgers affiliates Albuquerque, Chattanooga, Rancho Cucamonga and Great Falls in action. Rancho Cucamonga is the new kid on the block, replacing the Inland Empire 66ers in the California League.

Isotopes 2011 Opening Day Roster
The Albuquerque Isotopes have announced their 2011 roster for Opening Day, a group that combines players 'Topes fans have grown to love with some of the best young prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Back to defend his 2010 Pacific Coast League batting title is infielder John Lindsey, who returns to Albuquerque coming off his Major League debut last fall in what became one of the feel-good stories in all of baseball. Also returning to the Isotopes this year are a host of fan-favorites, including infielders Russ Mitchell and Justin Sellers, catcher J.D. Closser, and outfielders Jamie Hoffmann and Trent Oeltjen.

Familiar faces abound on the mound as well, with Scott Elbert, John Ely, Jon Link, Carlos Monasterios, Travis Schlichting, and Ramon Troncoso, all of whom saw significant action with the Dodgers a year ago, starting the season in Albuquerque.

Joining the group of veterans is a crop of highly-touted young prospects that should make an immediate impact. According to Baseball America, four of the top 10 prospects in the Dodgers organization will begin the 2011 season in Albuquerque. Leading the way is shortstop Dee Gordon, considered by many to be the number one prospect in the Dodgers chain. Outfielder Jerry Sands (rated sixth), Elbert (seventh) and outfielder Trayvon Robinson join Gordon for what might be the most prospect-laden team in Isotopes history. The 'Topes will take the field at Isotopes Park in the season opener on April 7 at 6:35 PM against the Omaha Storm Chasers, Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

After the Storm Chasers blow through town, the 'Topes will welcome the Iowa Cubs, Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs to The Lab for four games in what will comprise an eight-game, season-opening homestand. Tickets for any Isotopes game may be purchased at the Isotopes Park Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or on-line at www.albuquerquebaseball.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Subero Back to Lead Lookouts in 2011 The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the 2011 coaching staff for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Carlos Subero will return to Chattanooga for his second season as manager for the Lookouts. In addition, Franklin Stubbs and Chuck Crim will respectively assume the positions of hitting coach and pitching coach for the Lookouts.

Subero, who led the Lookouts to a 65-74 record last season, enters his third season as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Previously, he coached for Single-A Inland Empire in 2009. Additionally, he coached the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox organization) in 2008, where he guided his team to the Southern League playoffs. The Venezuelan native played six seasons of minor league ball for the Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Texas organizations from 1990-95 before spending nine years, seven of which as a manager, with the Rangers organization.

Stubbs returns to the Southern League, where he served as a hitting coach for the Mississippi Braves from 2007-08. More currently, he spent the previous two seasons as hitting coach for Single-A Inland Empire (Dodgers). He also served as the hitting coach for Single-A Myrtle Beach (2005-06), roving instructor in the Braves' system (2003-04), Braves' minor league hitting instructor (1999-2002), manager for Single-A Danville (1998), and coach for Rookie-level Danville (1997). The North Carolina native hit 104 homers over a 10-year Major League career for the Dodgers (1984-89), Astros (1990), Brewers (1991-92), and Tigers (1995). He was also Los Angeles' first-round pick in 1982.

Crim will also make his debut as a member of the Lookouts coaching staff. During the previous two seasons, he served as pitching coach for the Single-A Great Lakes. In 2010, his pitching staff produced an ERA of 3.44, good enough to lead the Midwest League. The California native pitched eight seasons at the Major League level, accruing a record of 47-43 with 45 saves and a 3.83 ERA over 449 games. He led the American League in appearances in 1988 (70 games) and 1989 (76 games). He pitched for Milwaukee (1987-91), California (1992-3), and Chicago (1994).

The Chattanooga Lookouts begin their 2011 regular season on April 7th against the Tennessee Smokies at AT&T Field.

Quakes Release 2011 Roster
Mike Lindskog - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

With the Los Angeles Dodgers setting their minor league rosters on Monday evening, the 2011 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes' opening day roster has been finalized.

The 2011 Quakes' roster includes 10 former Cal Leaguers and a total of six players that Baseball America considers to be "top-30" prospects within the Dodgers' minor league system. The group is led by a pair of "top-10" pitching prospects, as right-handers Allen Webster (#5) and Ethan Martin (#9) will lead the Quakes' five-man rotation. Other starters slated to be in the rotation include Jon Michael Redding, Matt Magill and lefty Greg Wilborn.

Position players who Baseball America recognizes as "top-30" prospects include shortstop Jake Lemmerman (#24), who won the 2010 Pioneer League MVP award, outfielders Blake Smith (#27) and Angelo Songco (#28), and right-handed reliever Luis Vasquez (#30).

In addition to Vasquez, the bullpen rounds out with fellow right-handers Steven Ames, Scott Nestor, Felix Romero, Steve Smith and Josh Walter, as well as southpaws Jordan Roberts and Andy Suiter. The Quakes will have two active catchers on the roster, with J.T. Wise and Gorman Erickson to share the workload behind the plate.

The infielders include Joe Becker, Tony Delmonico, Travis Denker, Austin Gallagher and Rafael Ynoa. Outfielders Nick Buss and Ramon Jean round out the Quakes' 25-man active roster.

The Quakes are in action on Tuesday night, for a pre-season match-up against Azusa Pacific University. Game time is 6:05pm and tickets are still available by calling the Azusa Pacific baseball office at (626) 815-6000. Tickets are just $5 with the proceeds going back to Azusa Pacific University.

Don't forget about the Quakes' Home Opener on Thursday, April 14th, with Buffalo Wild Wings Thirsty Thursday and Post-Game Fireworks. For just $2 each, fans can enjoy 16 oz domestic beers and 20 oz sodas, all thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings and X103.9. Immediately after the game, everyone will enjoy a Post-Game Fireworks Spectacular!

Tickets are available for all Quakes regular season games by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at The Epicenter, for the most affordable family entertainment in the Inland Empire. Thanks and Go Quakes!

Loons Announce 2011 Opening Day Roster
TThe Great Lakes Loons are excited to announce, in conjunction with their parent club the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team's Opening Day roster for the 2011 season. The 2011 Loons boast 16 players from last year's Ogden team that won the Pioneer League's South division, and 11 players selected by the Dodgers at the 2010 draft, including first-round selection Zach Lee and third-rounder Leon Landry.

The Loons 25-man active roster consists of eight players selected by the Dodgers in the top 10 rounds of the draft and five players ranked by Baseball America as Top 30 prospects in the Dodgers organization. 

Topping the crop of prospects is the Dodgers 2010 first-round draft choice Zach Lee, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from McKinney, TX, who is ranked by Baseball America as the Dodgers No. 2 prospect. A two-sport standout in high school, Lee turned down a scholarship offer to play baseball and football at LSU to sign with the Dodgers.

Other prospects expected to contribute significantly include outfielder Leon Landry (BA No. 11); right-handed pitcher Garrett Gould (BA No. 18), outfielder Jon Garcia (BA No. 21); and right-handed pitcher Derek Cone (BA No. 29).

The Loons have six players returning to the team from past seasons – pitchers Ryan Christenson (2010), Robert Boothe (2009) and Tim Sexton (2007) and infielders Bryant Hernandez (2010), Chris Jacobs (2010) and Christian Lara (2010).

John Shoemaker will be managing the Loons in 2011, after spending two seasons as the Camelback Ranch – Glendale Coordinator, where he oversaw the year-round minor league operations of the facility. Shoemaker, who has served as a player, coach, manager or coordinator in the Dodgers organization since 1977, has compiled a 1,156-1,124 record in that time, winning league championships with Single-A Savannah (South Atlantic League, 1996) and Double-A Jacksonville (Southern League, 2005). Shoemaker will be joined by hitting coach Lenny Harris, pitching coach Kremlin Martinez, and Guest Instructor Jae-Hyun Kim.

The Loons 2011 Opening Day roster is as follows:

Pitchers: Logan Bawcom, Robert Boothe, Pete Budkevics, Raul Burgos, Ryan Christenson, Derek Cone, Garrett Gould, Zack Lee, Bret Montgomery, Red Patterson, Timothy Sexton, Brant Stickel and Shawn Tolleson.

Catchers: Steve Cilladi (DL), Steve Domecus and Michael Pericht.

Infielders: Jesse Bosnik, Blake Dean, Casio Grider, Chris Henderson, Bryant Hernandez, Chris Jacobs (DL) and Christian Lara.

Outfielders: Nick Akins, Jon Garcia, Leon Landry and Roman Pena.

Tickets for the 2011 season home opener are available, start at just $6 and can be purchased by visiting the Loons ticket office at Dow Diamond, going to Loons.com or by calling 989-837-BALL.

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