Roster moves and Dash alum update

Adam Heisler is the newest member of the Dash (http://intimidators.mlblogs.com/).

Adam Heisler is the newest member of the Dash (Intimidating Insight blog).

The White Sox have announced a pair of roster moves this afternoon, affecting the Winston-Salem Dash. The White Sox promoted outfielder Adam Heisler to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis. In 19 games with the Intimidators, Heisler hit .324 with a home run, nine RBIs and nine stolen bases. The former University of South Alabama product, who was college teammates with Dash catcher Brent Tanner, is leading off tonight and will play left field.

To make room for Heisler, Chicago released outfielder Billy Rice. Rice hit .171 in 12 games with Winston-Salem in 2013.

It has been a busy week all around baseball, and there have been several Dash alums making their marks all across the baseball landscape. Let’s take a swing around the system to check in some of these former Dash players:

  • Dylan Axelrod gave up just one run on three hits in six innings of work for his second straight quality start on Monday. He left the game with the lead, but the White Sox bullpen could not hold it, and Axelrod ended up with a no decision. Although he doesn’t have any wins yet, Axelrod is proving he belongs in the big leagues as Monday’s outing dropped his ERA down to 3.80. His next scheduled start is Sunday against Tampa Bay.
  • Last Wednesday, outfielder Jordan Danks was recalled to Chicago from Triple-A Charlotte, where he was off to a hot start, hitting .333. Since his recall, the 2009 Dash alum is 2-for-7 (.286) at the plate in four games played. With Dayan Viciedo now on the disabled list, Danks figures to be getting even more starts for the South Siders in the coming weeks.
McCray went 9-3 with a 3.30 ERA for Winston in 2012. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

McCray went 9-3 with a 3.30 ERA for Winston in 2012. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

  • Dash alums have had a great week so far for Double-A Birmingham, as Erik Johnson, Scott Snodgress and Stephen McCray all pitched well over the last three days in Barons victories. It started on Monday, with Johnson twirling seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 in a 3-1 win. Johnson is now 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA in 25.1 innings so far this year.
  • Snodgress kept things going with a victory of his own on Tuesday. The former Stanford Cardinal worked seven innings as well, giving up just one run on his way to his third win of the 2013 season. The southpaw’s ERA is now down to 3.38 this year.
  • McCray was the final member of the trio to pick up a victory, giving up just one run in six innings of work yesterday afternoon. McCray’s ERA is down to 2.57, and he has given up just two earned runs in his last three starts, covering 17 innings of work. He has picked up the victory in each of those three starts.

The Dash wrap up their eight game homestand tonight, with their series finale against the Lynchburg Hillcats at 7. Join Brian and me on 600 AM-WSJS at 6:45 p.m. for the Pregame Dash starting at 6:45!

- Rob

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