From North Carolina to Alabama to Arizona
In one fell swoop, the Dash roster underwent quite a bit of change Monday. Kyle Shelton was activated off the disabled list and sent to Triple-A Charlotte, Kyle Bellamy was promoted to Double-A Birmingham, and the Dash received pitcher Jake Wilson from extended spring training.
Shelton originally started the year with the Knights and came to the Dash after being placed on the DL in mid-May. The longtime Dash member played in five games, hitting .368 with a home run and five RBI. Shelton strained his left hamstring on May 30 and had been on the DL with the Dash. The promotion brings him back to Triple-A where he started the season and played in four games before being sent down.
It was never a question of if, but rather when, Bellamy would get promoted. The Dash reliever started the 2010 season in Winston-Salem and ended with Double-A Birmingham. But Bellamy’s progress was halted after missing all of 2011 rehabbing a right shoulder injury. He appeared in 18 games this year for the Dash, compiling a 1.65 ERA and converting all four of his save opportunities in 27.1 innings of work.
The loss of Bellamy will certainly be felt among the fashionable Dash pitching staff. No word yet on who will replace Bellamy in the Throwback Thursday rotation.
Wilson, the newest member of the Dash, was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2009 draft out of New Mexico State. He spent the 2011 season in Kannapolis after pitching his first two seasons for Rookie Great Falls. Wilson was 4-2 with a 1.44 ERA and 63 strikeouts and nine saves for the Intimidators last season.