Phegley’s first weekend in The Show
On Friday, the Chicago White Sox promoted catcher Josh Phegley from Triple-A Charlotte. With that move, Phegley became the 13th Winston-Salem Dash alum to make it to the big leagues, joining the likes of current White Sox ace Chris Sale, fellow Chicago starters Dylan Axelrod and Hector Santiago, closer Addison Reed and current Arizona Diamondback Daniel Hudson.
The 2010 Dash alum had been hitting .316 with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Knights prior to his promotion. He was also named to the International League All-Star Team and the United States Team for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game. However, he will gladly pass on those spots for the chance to continue what he did this weekend in Florida.
Phegley made his major league debut Friday night at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. He picked up his first major league hit in his second at-bat, an RBI single off Tampa right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Later in the contest, the Indiana University product drove in a second run with a sacrifice fly.
After receiving Saturday’s contest off, Phegley was back behind the plate for yesterday’s series finale, and he took 2012 Cy Young Award Winner David Price deep for his first major league home run. Through his first two career games in the majors, Phegley is 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run and three RBIs. During the weekend series, he drove in three of the White Sox four runs as the South Siders were broomed by the Rays.
It appears that Phegley’s spot in the big leagues will be a long-term one, especially considering this line from Scott Merkin’s game recap on whitesox.com following Friday’s affair.
“Phegley, who was called up from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Friday’s setback and basically will take over as starting catcher, knocked out his first Major League hit and picked up his first two RBIs.”
Sale makes AL All-Star Team
In other Dash alum news, the rosters for the MLB All-Star Game were announced on Saturday, and Chicago southpaw Chris Sale was named as one of two White Sox All-Stars, the other being reliever Jesse Crain. While the Florida Gulf Coast University product only has a 5-8 record so far in 2013, he is in the top five in the American League in both ERA (2.78) and strikeouts (123). This will be the 2010 alum’s second appearance in the Midsummer Classic after being named an All-Star last year as well.
Check back later for the preview of tonight’s series opener between the Dash and the Potomac Nationals at BB&T Ballpark.