Ogden and Arizona Dodgers Open Tonight

The Ogden Raptors in the Pioneer League and the Arizona Dodgers in the Arizona League will open action tonight. Ogden finished strong second in the South Division last season and saw post-season action. The Arizona team is the former Gulf Coast League team that was moved from Vero Beach.

Ogden Raptors
2008 Record: 42-33
2009 Manager: Damon Berryhill

What's on deck:
--A new face will take the reins for the Raptors as former catcher Damon Berryhill enters his first year as a manager in the Dodgers organization. The 10-year Major League veteran made his managerial debut last season with the Texas Rangers' Class A Advanced affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif. He enjoyed a 10-year major league career with the Cubs, Braves, Red Sox, Reds and Giants. He appeared in three post-seasons in 1992-93 with atlanta and 1997 with San Francisco. He helped the Braves win the National League pennant in 1992 and his three-run home run of Jack Morris in Game 1 of the World Series against Toronto that year gave Atlanta a 3-1 win.

Joining Berryhill in the dugout will be hitting coach Henry Cruz, who makes his return to Ogden after a year away. He spent the previous two season as the hitting coach with Inland Empire. Cruz played parts of four Major League seasons with the Dodgers 19975-76 and White Sox (1977-78) and was a scout in the Cleveland system from 1996-2006.

Chuck Crim, a former Dodgers scout making his debut as pitching coach this season, after serving as the head pitching director at SHO-ME camp in Branson, Missouri and he served as the head baseball coach at Canyon High School in Santa Clara.

He was responsible for scouting and signing outfielder Andrew Lambo, who was selected in the Dodgers fourth round of the 2007 draft.

He enjoyed an eight year Major League playing career with Milwaukee, California and the Chicago Cubs. He was 47-43 with 45 saves and a 3.83 ERA in 449 games and led the American League with 70 appearances in 1988 and 76 games in 1989.

Several Raptors from last season will return to Ogden, including infielder Kyle Orr, a fourth-round pick in 2006.

Outfielder Angelo Songco is currently the highest pick of the '09 Draft (fourth round) slated to play in Ogden this season. Songco's bat will bring even more pop to a club that hit a league-leading 89 HRs last season.

Greg Wilborn, the Dodgers' 18th-round selection, will open with Ogden as well. Wilborn had a roller-coaster season in 2009 and is still recovering from 2008 elbow surgery, but scouts remain encouraged about his velocity.

Ogden's own musical legends, The Kapp Brothers, are going to perform the National Anthem on Opening Night.

The Raptors announced this spring that they would be giving away 1,000,000 free tickets this summer.

Arizona Dodgers
2008 Record: did not play
2009 Manager: Jeff Carter

What's on Deck:
--Jeff Carter will move with the Gulf Coast League franchise from Vero Beach to the Arizona League where the club will operate out of Camelback Park. Carter is in his third season overall in the Dodgers' system, having managed Ogden in 2007. Carter spent nine years in the minnesota farm system before joining Kansas City and was named the Appalachian League Manager of the Year in 2000 after leading Elizabeton to the championship.

His coaches include Leo Garcia, who joins the Dodger organization after spending the last nine years as a coach and coordinator in the San Francisco minor league system. He recently served as the organizations Latin American Coordinator and has managed the Giants' Dominican summer League team in 2000.

The Pitching coach is Casey Deskins, who returns for his third season with the rookie-entry team. It will be his 13th season in the Dodgers organization. He spent seven years as the Major League video coordinator 1999-2005 and pitched three seasons in the Los Angeles farm system, reaching Double-A San Antonio in 1998.

Several Coasties from last season will be on the roster, including RHP Dan Danielson, Roberto Feliciano, Carlos Frias, Beyker Fructuoso, Andres Santiago, Gari Tavarez and Carl Webster; infielders 3b Johan Garcia and ss Ramon Jean and outfielder Melvin Ray.

A number of members of the Dodgers 2009 draft class will start in Arizona, including pitchers RHP Kevin Childs (selection #37) and RHP Justin Dignelli (#35); catchers Steve Cilladi (#34) and Michael Pericht (#17); infielders ss Casio Grider (#15) and 3b Chris Henderon (#22) and outfielders Nick Akins (#20), Stetson Banks (#23), Austin King (#32).

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