Fan favorite heads to Double-A Birmingham

Chris Bassitt has been promoted to Double-A Birmingham by the White Sox today (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Chris Bassitt was promoted to Double-A Birmingham by the White Sox today (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The Chicago White Sox announced a pair of roster moves today affecting the Winston-Salem Dash’s starting rotation. For the first time in his minor league career, Chris Bassitt has been promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The former Akron Zip made 18 starts with Winston-Salem this year, going 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA. His 101.1 innings pitched and 101 strikeouts are both currently good for third-most in the Carolina League.

A reliever for much of his career prior to 2013, Bassitt was named a Carolina League All-Star this season for his work in the rotation and tossed a scoreless eighth frame with a pair of strikeouts in the Midsummer Classic last month in San Jose.

Bassitt has been a Dash hurler since the start of the 2012 season. The outgoing Ohio native was a fan favorite and a popular topic on the Dash Board blog thanks to his Twitter skills, fashionable attire, unique connection to LeBron James, quacking abilities and harsh personal grading.

Fellow righty Braulio Ortiz, who has been promoted from Low-A Kannapolis, will replace Bassitt in the Dash’s rotation. Signed as an international free agent in July of 2011, the Dominican hurler started the season in the Intimidators’ bullpen, notching three saves and sporting an ERA of 3.00 in 14 relief outings.

Ortiz was then moved into the starting rotation where he had an ERA of 3.79 in eight starts. For the season, Ortiz is allowing opponents to hit just .196 against him, and he has struck out 74 in 62.2 innings of work.

Come back later today to check out the preview of game two of the Dash’s series at Five County Stadium against the Carolina Mudcats.

- Rob

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