Curley continues to lead the CL’s top offense

Chris Curley leads the CL in home runs and RBIs, leading a Dash lineup that leads the league in runs (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Chris Curley leads the CL in home runs and RBIs this season, helping pace a Dash lineup that leads the league in runs (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

With his three RBIs in the Dash’s 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Salem Red Sox last night, Winston-Salem infielder Chris Curley boosted his total to 88 runs batted in this season. He is nine RBIs ahead of Salem outfielder Keury De La Cruz, who has the second-most on the circuit with 79. Not only has Curley’s total put him atop the CL leaderboard, but it has him ranking highly in all of Class A baseball:

1. Adam Brett Walker II- 103 (Cedar Rapids, Low-A for Minnesota)
T-2. Andrew Aplin- 98 (Lancaster, High-A for Houston)
T-2.  Dalton Hicks- 98 (Fort Myers, High-A for Minnesota)
4. Dustin Lawley- 89 (St. Lucie, High-A for NY Mets)
5. Chris Curley- 88

The Dash lead the CL with 103 home runs this season, 22 of which have come from Curley. His 22 bombs also rank him atop the CL and in the top five in all of High-A baseball:

T-1. Dustin Lawley- 25 (St. Lucie, NY Mets)
T-1. Scott Schebler- 25 (Rancho Cucamonga, LA Dodgers)
T-3. Zach Borenstein- 23 (Inland Empire, LA Angels)
T-3. Michael Snyder- 23 (Inland Empire)
5. Chris Curley- 22

Micah Johnson has swiped more bags and scored more runs than any other minor leaguer in 2013 (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Micah Johnson has swiped more bags and scored more runs than any other minor leaguer in 2013 (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Dash leadoff man Micah Johnson has had himself a terrific season both with Low-A Kannapolis and since he was promoted to Winston-Salem on July 3. The speedy second baseman leads all of Minor League Baseball in runs scored and steals this season, edging out Dash alum and current Charlotte Knight Marcus Semien in runs:

1. Micah Johnson- 102
2. Marcus Semien- 100 (Charlotte, Triple-A for Chicago White Sox)

Johnson also leads the minors in steals, and has a healthy lead in that category, including on Louisville’s Billy Hamilton, who set a single-season record for stolen bases in 2012:

1. Micah Johnson- 79
2. Travis Jankowski- 71 (Lake Elsinore, High-A for San Diego)
3. Billy Hamilton- 69 (Louisville, Triple-A for Cincinnati)

The Dash lead the Carolina League in total runs (624) and runs per game (5.2). Despite the lofty numbers of Curley and Johnson, those two have not done it by themselves. Winston-Salem has 6 players with more than 50 RBI this season, more than any other team on the circuit.

All of them rank in the top 16 of the CL in RBIs: Curley (88, 1st), Jeremy Farrell (66, T-5th), Courtney Hawkins (62, 7th), Kevan Smith (60, 8th), Rangel Ravelo (53, T-13th) and Grant Buckner (51, T-16th).

Although the offense has sputtered a little bit as of late, it seems like only a matter of time before this offense begins clicking again. They will try to turn their recent struggles around tonight against Salem in game two of a three-game series at BB&T Ballpark. Check back later for a preview of tonight’s contest.

- Rob

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