Rosemont, Ill. – The Chicago Dogs announced today the Opening Day Roster for their inaugural season. The roster features 22 active players and two players on the disabled list.
The Dogs released right-handed pitcher Richard Ruff, left-handed pitcher Evan Smith, and outfielder Tony Rosselli, and signed catcher Alex Lugo, utility man Treyson Vavra, and outfielder Jonathan Moroney. Additionally, the team placed left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes and outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr. on the disabled list to begin the season.
With the signing of Chicago native, Alex Lugo, the club’s Opening Day roster features five players—Lugo (Chicago), Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights), Joe Benson (Hinsdale), Rich Mascheri (Wauconda), and Scott Firth (Buffalo Grove)—with ties to the Chicagoland area.
The Dogs begin their inaugural campaign on Friday, May 18 in Sioux Falls, S.D. with a three-game set against the Sioux Falls Canaries. The team will then travel to St. Paul, Minn. for another three-game series against the St. Paul Saints, before returning home to take on the Kansas City T-Bones in their home opener on Friday, May 25.
Dogs 2018 Opening Day Roster:
#3 Kaohi Downing LHP Honolulu, HI
#4 Kyle Gaedele OF Arlington Heights, IL
#5 Joe Benson OF Hinsdale, IL
#6 Jonathan Moroney OF Houston, TX
#7 Miles Moeller LHP Phoenix, AZ
#8 Shawon Dunston Jr. OF Fremont, CA
#9 Michael Baca INF Clovis, NM
#10 Matt Dean INF Edmond, OK
#11 Edwin Arroyo INF Trujillo Alto, PR
#12 Scott Barnes LHP Springfield, MA
#13 Josh Goossen-Brown RHP Sherman Oaks, CA
#14 Matt Telesco INF Fresno, CA
#15 Kylin Turnbull LHP Seattle, WA
#19 Tommy Thorpe LHP Vancouver, WA
#20 Scott Firth RHP Buffalo Grove, IL
#23 Michael Wagner RHP Las Vegas, NV
#24 Craig Maddox UTIL Locust Grove, GA
#25 Wilfredo Rodriguez C San Juan, PR
#27 Taylor Grover RHP North Augusta, SC
#28 Rich Mascheri LHP Wauconda, IL
#30 Connor Root RHP Nashua, NH
#33 Treyson Vavra UTIL Mesa, AZ
#34 Tyson Perez RHP Hanford, CA
#35 Alex Lugo C Chicago, IL