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The 2024 Oklahoma City Baseball Club

The Dodgers AAA affiliate is the reigning Pacific Coast League (PCL) Champions.  They have also undergone a name change from the Dodgers to The Oklahoma City Baseball Club. 

“For the last nine years, it has been an honor and a privilege to share one of the most iconic brands in all of professional sports,” said Oklahoma City Baseball Club President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “However, we’re excited this new era affords us the opportunity to strengthen our connection to our community and reinforce that we are Oklahoma City’s team.”

 The process to develop the team’s new permanent identity is already underway, with the organization previously hosting a series of meetings and focus groups with key community leaders and stakeholders to receive input.

The team has introduced a variety of uniforms that will be worn during the season.

 

 During every Sunday home game, the team will wear its City Celebration jerseys and hats, which were introduced in 2023 in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. During every Thursday home game, the team will wear refreshed Oklahoma City 89ers jerseys and hats. 

OKC and LAD have announced the 27 man roster for The Oklahoma Baseball Club, and it is a veteran club, with very few top prospects.  Per Baseball America: 

  • Andy Pages OF – (#3)(pronounced “PAH-hez”)
  • Landon Knack RHP – (#11)
  • Trey Sweeney SS – (#16)
  • Gus Varland RHRP – (#22)
  • John Rooney LHRP – (#29)

 For MLB Pipeline 

  • Andy Pages OF(#3)
  • Landon Knack RHP – (#14)
  • Trey Sweeney SS – (#22)

 While this is a veteran team that is built to provide depth for the ML team, OKC will have only 8 players on the 40 man:

  • Andy Pages OF
  • Landon Knack RHP
  • Gus Varland RHRP
  • P. Feyereisen RHRP
  • Matt Gage LHRP
  • Ricky Vanasco RHRP
  • Hunter Feduccia C – 3rd season at OKC
  • Miguel Vargas LF – 3rd season at OKC

Returning for his 4th season at OKC is OF Drew Avans.  Ryan Ward is returning for his 2nd full season at OKC.

Kody Hoese has earned his first trip to AAA at the age of 26.  He will be a 3B/1B/DH.  His bat is going to have to show life if he is going to make the lineup.

The other position players are first year players in the LA organization and all have MLB experience:

  • Jonathan Araúz INF (BOS, BAL, NYM)
  • Chris Owings INF (AZ, COL, BAL, PIT)
  • Andre Lipcius INF (DET)
  • Kevin Padlo INF (TB, SEA, SF, PIT, LAA)
  • Chris Okey C (CIN, LAA)

It is the pitchers that are truly providing the depth.  The one starter from within organization is Landon Knack.  The others will probably be vying for relief roles at the MLB level, even though some are going to need to step up and start.

  • Nabil Crismatt – RHP – MLB Experience
  • Tanner Dodson – RHP – MLB Experience
  • P. Feyereisen – RHP– MLB Experience
  • Alec Gamboa – LHP
  • Stephen Gonsalves – LHP– MLB Experience
  • Kevin Gowdy – RHP
  • Jesse Hahn – RHP– MLB Experience
  • Dinelson Lamet – RHP– MLB Experience
  • Michael Peterson – RHP
  • Drew Pomeranz – LHP– MLB Experience
  • John Rooney – LHP
  • Eduardo Salazar – RHP– MLB Experience
  • Ricky Vanasco – RHP
  • Gus Varland – RHP– MLB Experience

Of that group, Eduardo Salazar has generally been a starter.  Others who have starting experience, even though they are more relievers now: Dinelson Lamet, Alec Gamboa, Drew Pomeranz.  Although after Friday’s game, I would hazard a guess that Michael Grove will be headed back to OKC as a starter.

Not on the active roster are three pitchers on the IL:

  • Nick Frasso – RHP – 60 Day IL
  • Matt Gage – LHP – 7 Day IL
  • River Ryan – LHP – 7 Day IL

The team is comprised of a lot of former MLB players/pitchers that should provide depth for the parent club. Unfortunately not a lot on the 40 man, so there will have to be significant injuries to 60 day IL or DFA.

Nick Frasso is on the MiLB 60 day IL and will remain on 40 man roster.  He would have to be recalled from MiLB to be put on the MLB 60 day IL, but that would start his service clock.  Not going to happen.

The team opened their season on Friday night playing the Tacoma Rainiers in Tacoma.  Tacoma is the affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Landon Knack started for OKC and pitched a strong 5.0 scoreless innings.  He allowed 3 hits, but no walks, and 6 Ks, on 73 pitches.  Knack was followed by 4 relievers who each pitched a scoreless innings.

 

  • Gus Varland – no hits or BB, 2 K
  • P. Feyereisen – no hits, 2 BB, 0 K
  • Kevin Gowdy – no hits or BB, 1 K
  • Ricky Vanasco – 2 hits, 2 BB, 2 K

Unfortunately, the offense could not generate any runs on 4 hits.  Drew Avans had 2 hits including a double.  Kevin Padlo and Hunter Feduccia also had singles.

The two teams went into the 10th 0-0.  Both teams stranded runners on 3rd in the 10th without scoring.

In the 11th, Chris Owings started on 2B.  Andy Pages popped out, and the Rainiers RHRP, Ty Adcock, intentionally walked Trey Sweeney to get to Miguel Vargas.  After starting out 0-2, Miguel worked himself into a BB.  Kevin Padlo lined out to the SS on a 3-1 pitch, and Ryan Ward flew out to CF to end the inning.

John Rooney came out for his 2nd inning, but a run scored on a late throw to the plate.  Tacoma wins the first game in the PCL season, 1-0.

 

 

 

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Jeff

He is making the case for being the Dodger’s Ace. What a splendid start, 11SOs. When was the last time a Dodger pitcher did that?

Duke Not Snider

Just what I’ve been thinking. 100-mph heat and some wicked movement.
With all the attention on Yoshi and Glasnow, perhaps Miller winds up leading the way.

Oldbear48

Heading out to California this morning, you guys have a great Easter.

Badger

Miller throws hard. Anytime I see a starter throwing 100 mph over 6 innings I worry.

Grove had one good inning. Maybe that should be enough. Brasier did ok. 1 inning 1 hit. Unfortunately that 1 hit was with the bases loaded.

Ohtani 0 for 4. Maybe a little distracted? Mookie OPS’n 1.970. That would be a record.

If the team keeps scoring like that against LHP they should be alright.

Raining again. Supposed to rain all day and most of the night. No game in Mudville tonight.

Last edited 17 days ago by Badger
Bobby

Ohtani got on base 3 times in the opener. Clearly he wasn’t distracted a day earlier?

Duke Not Snider

Ohtani is doing fine.
But right now Miguel Rojas leads him in HRs!
I don’t expect it, but Rojas’s glove and his ability to hit lefties has me wondering if we’ll wind up with a Rojas/Lux platoon, with Mookie shuttling between SS and 2B much as Teoscar shuttles between LF and RF.
For those worried that Mookie’s new position(s) will affect his hitting, well, it looks like it might improve it.
I like Chris Taylor playing when Heyward sits, but didn’t like his 3 Ks in this game.

Badger

Ohtani is OPSn .698. I don’t see that as fine, but, I guess it’s ok with others. Maybe it’s just a slow start.

Badger

Make that .638.

RC Dodger

Thanks for the preview of the OKC team, Jeff.
Good first start by Knack in a tough 1-0 loss. I appreciate guys like Drew Avans who is playing hard in his 4th year at OKC. He hit 368 in spring training for the Dodgers, and has a 780 OPS in AAA, but does not have the size and power of an MLB starter. Hopefully, someday he will get some time in the MLB as a 5th OF, even if it is with another team.

RC Dodger

Thanks for the info Jeff. I enjoy watching Avans play. He is a grinder who seems to love baseball.

Duke Not Snider

I often root for guys like Avans and Ward to be added to trade packages, just to improve their career prospects. Turning a 2-for-2 deal into a 3-for-2 trade can open opportunities for younger prospects.
Speaking of deals, I’m sure Michael Busch is happy starting for the Cubs–and I’m happy the Dodgers now have Ferris and Hope.
Pleasantly surprised to see that veteran Chris Owings is on the OKC roster. He played well in the Spring and I thought his deal allowed him to opt out in case he could snag a gig in the majors. An injury or two could bring him up, though I would prefer a younger player like Sweeney to break through.

Dionysus

Let’s give Bobby 15y/$300m right now.

Fallito

For me, it was more of being tired.

Jeff

Miller is better looking.

RC Dodger

Fangraphs posted a recent article on the Will Smith signing.

Will Smith Is the Latest Dodger With a Deferred Deal

I think this is the best Dodger move of the offseason. Will has been a top 2-3 catcher in baseball over the last 5 years. He is the ultimate team player, and played a key role in the 2020 world championship. Dodgers do not win a WS without Will’s 3 run HR in the 6th inning of game 5 against the Braves. They trailed in the series 3 games to 1, and trailed 2-1 in the game. His at bat was fabulous as he had to overcome two questionable umpire calls that put him down 0-2 in the count. But he battled back to a full count and hit a pretty good pitch for a HR that turned the game around and staved off elimination for the Dodgers. Great clutch performance by Smith. 

Will Smith also had 2 RBI in game 7 against the Braves in the 4-3 comeback win. 
Even as a rookie he came close to being a postseason hero. In the horrible loss to the Nationals in game 5 in 2019, Will Smith nearly hit a walkoff HR in the 9th inning. His drive to right center looked to be a HR or at least a game winning double, but it was held up in the cold October air and caught at the wall. The next inning Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam and the Dodger season was over. 
The Will Smith contract is a team friendly deal with an annual AAV of only $12.2 million. While the 10 year deal is lengthy for a catcher, Will is athletic and may be able to play other positions as he ages. The deal makes Will Smith a Dodger for life and gives him generational security. Great to see the Dodgers retain a homegrown/long term talent. Hopefully, they can sign Buehler to an extension as well as he gets ready to pitch a rehab game in OKC. They should prioritize rewarding their own players who have helped build the organization.

Last edited 17 days ago by RC Dodger
Bluto

He’s not what the team thought he would be, and I’ve heard the scouts admit it and acknowledge their error.

but I feel good for Kody H. sticking with it and making it this far.

Phil Jones

“The Dodgers AAA affiliate is the reigning Pacific Coast League (PCL) Champions. They have also undergone a name change from the Dodgers to The Oklahoma City Baseball Club.” Can somebody coach me up on why the Dodgers name was dropped? And where the “Eighty Niners” name came from?
I drool over the prospect of having Buehlar and Miller in the same rotation with Glasnow and Kershaw back for the 2nd half.  

Dionysus

Best possible rotation heading into the postseason might be Glasnow, Miller, Yamamoto, Buehler with Paxton in the pen along with May.

Bluto

Speaking of OKC and via Josh Thomas:

Eduardo Salazar is pitching tonight for OKC, and what in the world did the the Dodger lab do with his sinker? Horizontal movement:

2023 – 10”
Today – 18”

OhioDodger

Well, Doc mismanages into a loss tonight. Why didn’t he pull Kelly after the 4th batter? Dodgers will not win another WS with Roberts.

Bluto

Let nobody say OhioDodger doesn’t leap to conclusions

Jeff

Was that a WS? Less than half a complete season? Not in my way of thinking.

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