Former San Diego Padres pitcher Dale Thayer, whom the Dodgers recently signed to a minor league contract, will begin the season at Double-A Tulsa.
Thayer, 35, made 38 appearances for San Diego last year, posting a 4.06 earned-run average and a 4.73 WHIP. The Fountain Beach native prepped at Huntington Beach Edison and broke into the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.
He’ll be joined in Tulsa by right-hander Chris Anderson, who will pitch out of the Drillers’ rotation after making a couple appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in spring training.
Anderson, 23, was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2013. He made 23 starts for Tulsa last season, going 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA, and made three appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo, both of whom saw Cactus League action with the Dodgers this spring, are expected to anchor the Double-A lineup. Barry Lewis had a nice story about them for the Tulsa World website today.