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Isotopes unveil roster ahead of media day

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The Albuquerque Isotopes officially released their 25-man roster Tuesday morning before media day took place later in the afternoon.

This year's collection of talent includes six members of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 40-man roster, plus a total of nine players who saw time in Albuquerque last season.

As expected, No. 1 prospect Joc Pederson will be in the Isotopes outfield, while No. 4 Zach Lee will be a part of the pitching staff. Not on the initial roster is No. 7 Alex Guerrero, who strained a muscle in his side while playing with the Dodgers in Australia. The second baseman's eventual arrival date is unknown.

Lee will be joined in the rotation by three returnees in Stephen Fife, Matt Magill and Red Patterson. A fifth right-hander Henry Sosa, will round out the quintet. Sosa pitched in Korea last season and has previously pitched for the Houston Astros.

The bullpen will feature two returnees in right-handers Jose Dominguez, the Dodgers' No. 11 prospect, and former UNM Lobo Steve Smith. New to the relief corps are right-handers Sam Demel, Steve Edlefsen, Yimi Garcia (No. 13 prospect), Josh Judy and Justin Souza. The lone left-hander is Daniel Moskos, a former first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Catching all those pitchers will be Tim Federowicz, who has spent time with the Isotopes the last three seasons, and veteran Miguel Olivo. Griff Erickson is also on the roster but will open on the disabled list.

The six infielders who will play for Albuquerque are Ryan Adams, Brendan Harris, Walter Ibarra, Clint Robinson, Miguel Rojas and Jamie Romak. Adams, who did not play in 2013, is a former Baltimore Oriole who is primarily a second baseman. Harris can play all four infield positions. Ibarra was released by the Cubs organization this weekend and is mainly a shortstop. Robinson is a first baseman, while Rojas can play shortstop or second base. Romak can play both infield and outfield corners.

Joining Pederson in the outfield are three familiar faces. Nick Buss was the Isotopes' MVP last year, leading the Pacific Coast League with 100 RBI. Albuquerque native Brian Cavazos-Galvez, who played here in 2012, is back with the club. Also returning is Trayvon Robinson, who re-signed with the Dodgers this offseason. Robinson played for the Isotopes in 2011.

New manager Damon Berryhill and returning coaches Glenn Dishman and Franklin Stubbs, along with the players, will open the season Thursday at Tacoma. The home opener is also against the Rainiers on April 11 at 7:05 p.m.



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