Games #52/69 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

UPDATE: 7 p.m.
Dash lineup for seven-inning finale:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nolan Earley – RF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

Games #52/69 – Home Games #24/34
Winston-Salem Dash (28-39) vs. Salem Red Sox (37-30)
Saturday, June 20 – 4:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After Salem took Friday’s contest 5-3, the Dash and Red Sox will complete the suspended game from June 2 before playing Saturday’s regularly scheduled contest, a seven-inning affair. The suspended game will begin with the Dash up 3-0 with two outs and two on in the bottom of the second inning and will go a full nine frames.

Euclides Leyer was perfect in 1.1 innings Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Euclides Leyer was perfect in 1.1 innings Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Completion of suspended game from 6/2):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before Saturday’s regularly-scheduled contest, Winston and Salem will complete a suspended game from June 2. When rain began to fall on that Tuesday night, the Dash enjoyed a 3-0 lead in the home half of the second. Jake Peter is at the plate with a 1-0 count, with Michael Suiter at second and T.J. Williams at first. The only member of the Dash’s lineup in that game who is no longer on the roster is Chris Jacobs, who is now with Double-A Birmingham. No matter what happens on Saturday, all statistics will revert back as if they took place on June 2.
  • On Thursday, Jake Peter’s lengthy hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-3, two-RBI game. At this moment, it stands as a 20-game hit streak, but it will not be recorded as such. If Peter hits safely in the continuation of the game from June 2, which started when Peter’s streak was at six, he will post a 21-gamer. However, if Peter does not collect a hit, it will be just a 14-game run and will no longer be the second-longest such surge in the Dash era (2009-now).
  • The Dash have announced that righty Yency Almonte will be on the hill when the third inning of the suspended game gets going. Almonte had been with Low-A Kannapolis all year, going 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 appearances.
  • White Sox ace Chris Sale has turned in one of the greatest five-start runs in Major League history. With his 14-strikeout showing on Friday against Texas, Sale joined Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only two men in MLB history to amass 12 or more strikeouts in five consecutive starts. In those five starts, Sale has punched out 65 batters in 37.1 innings (1.74 batters per inning). He took a perfect game into the sixth inning on Friday, when the Rangers shocked the White Sox with two in the ninth to steal a 2-1 win.
  • Winston-Salem will finish the first half with more offensive showings of three or fewer runs than four-plus tallies. On Friday, the Dash recorded their 36th game with no more than three runs. In those contests, Winston-Salem is 7-29 (.194). When the Dash collect at least four runs, the squad boasts a record of 21-10 (.677).
  • Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski has missed the last seven games with an unspecified injury, one that will prevent him from participating in Tuesday’s California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Myrtle Beach’s Jeimer Candelario has replaced Michalczewski, who is still third in the Carolina League in RBIs (39), on the All-Star roster. Also, southpaw Jace Fry, who is on the disabled list, successfully had Tommy John surgery earlier this week. This is the second such procedure for Fry, who also had Tommy John while at Oregon State. He was 1-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 10 starts with Winston-Salem.
  • To make room for Almonte on the Dash’s roster, the White Sox announced that Euclides Leyer would be sent to Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Adam Engel’s six-game hit streak ended on Friday due to an 0-for-4 game.
  • Sunday marks Matt Heidenreich’s turn in the rotation, but he will not pitch so that he can work in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, which is in his home state of California.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 4:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #68 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #68 – Home Game #33
Winston-Salem Dash (28-38) vs. Salem Red Sox (36-30)
Friday, June 19 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Salem rolled to an 8-2 series-opening victory Thursday, as Jake Peter’s hitting streak was stopped at 20 games. The Dash look to snap a three-game skid Friday.

Robinson Leyer makes the start Friday for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer makes the start Friday for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Peter collected his 10th multi-RBI game on Thursday, but his hitting streak came to an end after an 0-for-3 showing. During the streak, which started on May 27, the former seventh-round pick was 26-for-74 (.351) with 14 RBIs and 16 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 20-game surge was tied for the second-longest entering action on Thursday. The longest current streak belongs to Dalton Pompey of New Hampshire (Double-A, Toronto), who has a knock in 22 straight contests.
  • Peter’s 20-game hitting streak represents the second-longest run by a Winston-Salem player since the franchise’s nickname change from Warthogs to Dash before the 2009 season.
  • Even though we know the endpoint of Peter’s impressive streak, the start date is not yet settled due to the suspended game between the Dash and Red Sox on June 2. Even though the game will be completed on Saturday, all statistics will revert back as if they took place on June 2. Thus, if Peter collects a hit in the completion of the suspended game, he will have a 21-game streak. If he goes hitless, his streak will go down to 14 games (from June 4 to June 17).
  • The Dash played very strongly from Saturday to Tuesday when the club rattled off three straight victories. In those contests (two at Carolina, one vs. Myrtle Beach), Winston-Salem outscored its opposition 18-8 and banged out 35 hits. The script has flipped in the last three games, during which the opposition has outscored the Dash 19-4. The Dash have amassed only 14 hits in these contests. Winston-Salem is last in the eight-team Carolina League in average (.241), nine points behind seventh-place Potomac.
  • Dash outfielder Adam Engel has hit safely in six consecutive games, one shy of the longest hitting streak of his 2015 season. During this surge, the Ohio native is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with four RBIs and three runs scored. He has also stolen five bases in the last six games, propelling him into the top spot in the CL in that category. Engel, who is tied for sixth in the Minors in stolen bases, has a two-swipe lead on Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer for the CL’s top spot.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the Dash’s last six contests, Michalczewski had started every game of the year for the Dash.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #67 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #67 – Home Game #32
Winston-Salem Dash (28-37) vs. Salem Red Sox (35-30)
Thursday, June 18 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead through five, as Myrtle Beach rallied to take the rubber match of a three-game series 5-2. The Dash been their final series of the first half of the season, a five-game, four-day march, against the Salem Red Sox.

Jake Peter extended his hitting streak to 20 games Wednesday with a first-inning home run. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jake Peter extended his hitting streak to 20 games Wednesday with a first-inning home run. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nolan Earley – RF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With a 2-for-2 showing on Wednesday, Peter pushed his hitting streak to 20 games. Since May 27, the former seventh-round pick is 26-for-74 (.351) with 14 RBIs and 16 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 20-game surge is tied for the second-longest. Dalton Pompey of New Hampshire (Double-A, Toronto) has hit safely in 22 games in a row. Peter is even with former big league outfielder Franklin Gutierrez of Tacoma (Triple-A, Seattle).
  • Peter has extended his hit streak in the first inning in six of the last seven games. Overall, the former Creighton star has come up with a hit in the opening frame in eight of the 20 games in this impressive streak. Only twice has Peter entered the seventh inning in search of his first base hit. This includes the only game over the last seven when he did not hit safely in the first; on Sunday at Carolina, Peter delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning.
  • Peter’s 20-game hit streak is tied for the second-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). Thanks to his performance on Wednesday, Peter is now alone in second among streaks by a Dash hitter.
  • The Dash entertain the Salem Red Sox during the final four days of the first half. These two teams will square off in a four-game series while also completing a set from May 30-June 2. That series finale was suspended in the second inning with Winston enjoying a 3-0 lead. The Red Sox have claimed eight of the first 13 games in the series, but the Dash have the opportunity to oust Salem from the postseason conversation in half one. The Red Sox own an elimination number of two in the Southern Division.
  • Winston-Salem amassed 13 hits in the first four innings of its three-game set with Myrtle Beach. After that, the Pelicans limited the Dash to only 11 hits in 23 offensive frames. The Dash stand last on the eight-team circuit in team average at .242, while they are in the upper half of the Carolina League in runs per game (4th, 4.0).
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the Dash’s last five contests, Michalczewski had started every game of the year for the Dash.
  • The Great Falls Voyagers, the White Sox rookie-level club, open their 2015 season on Thursday at 9:05 p.m. at Billings. The Voyagers have made the Pioneer League’s postseason in each of the last eight years.
  • Since returning from the disabled list (oblique), infielder Keon Barnum is 1-for-8.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

For Omar Narvaez, success is about the people

“Batting fifth, the catcher. Number 22. Carolina League All-Star, Omar Narvaez!”

Omar Narvaez is one of the Dash's four All-Stars. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Omar Narvaez is one of the Dash’s four All-Stars. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Small, but impactful. The words from BB&T Ballpark Public Address Announcer Jeffrey Griffin announced what Narvaez learned that morning. He is one of four Carolina League All-Stars from the Winston-Salem Dash.

He has spent seven years in Minor League Baseball without having been named to any All-Star team.

Until now.

“I was pretty excited,” Narvaez said about the All-Star nod. “This my first time going to an All-Star game. That’s what has become of my work. I’ve been working so hard to get my numbers up.”

And he has done just that.

When named an All-Star, he boasted a .295 batting average, which was in the top 10 in the Carolina League. It has been a steady climb for Narvaez, who has managed to end every season since 2012 with an average above .265.

While Narvaez, at 23, is an All-Star now, at one point in his life he was just a “2 year old stepping out onto the mound.”

Thinking about his start in baseball, the first thing that came to mind was his dad.

“My dad always played baseball,” Narvaez recalled. “He was always taking me to the ballpark and we played everyday.”

Narvaez grew up in Maracay, Venezuela, which is home to a number of other professional baseball players, including big league stars Jose Altuve and Miguel Cabrera. Narvaez does not know those two, but he is playing with another Maracay native.

Dash shortstop Cleuluis Rondon played with Narvaez when they were younger. Although drafted by two different teams other than the White Sox, Rondon by the Red Sox and Narvaez by the Rays, they ended up as teammates while playing for the Kannapolis Intimidators in 2014.

Baseball is a very competitive sport, especially in Venezuela. However, there are very few ways for youth to play any form of organized baseball until a Major League team signs them as a free agent. Narvaez took his chance as soon as possible and signed in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays as a 16-year-old.

“We’ve got a lot of scouts and [Major League Baseball] academies and they’re looking for players. [To make it], we’ve got to play a lot and we’ve got to be 16 to sign.”

Omar Narvaez has started 48 of the Dash's 65 games behind the plate. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Omar Narvaez has started 48 of the Dash’s 65 games behind the plate. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Narvaez started his professional career in the VSL (Venezuelan Summer League) with the Tampa Bay Rays academy in 2009 and 2010 when he was 17 and 18-years-old, respectively. Narvaez enjoyed his time in the infancy of his professional career.

“There was a lot of baseball that I could learn from those guys,” Narvaez said. “Those guys taught me a lot. They became my friends and I [still] talk to them a lot.”

Before long, Narvaez was headed to the United States. “As soon as I got to my first Spring Training, I was really excited because I had a lot of big leaguers around me and I was like ‘wow.’ I mean, that was pretty good.”

Over the seven years that Narvaez has been playing professional baseball, including his two years in the Venezuelan Summer League, he has been a part of six different teams and two organizations. His teammates throughout the years have all been of utmost importance to him.

“I’ve gotten a lot of teammates and we’re still friends. The good part is having a lot of teammates. A lot of good people to be around. That’s helped me a lot.”

Even though Narvaez is thrilled about his All-Star nod, he is still looking ahead to his baseball future. His main goal?

“Just to play at the highest level. That’s really my goal. That would be my dream come true. Playing in the big leagues is what I want to do. And [I’ll] keep working hard to get there.”

– Sarah

Game #66 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #66 – Home Game #31
Winston-Salem Dash (28-36) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (37-27)
Wednesday, June 17 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

A night after banging out 16 hits, the Dash mustered just three Tuesday in their 6-0 shutout defeat to Myrtle Beach. Wednesday’s contest will be the rubber match of the three-game set.

The Dash turn to James Dykstra Wednesday in search of their third straight series victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash turn to James Dykstra Wednesday in search of their third straight series victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With a single in Tuesday’s first inning, Jake Peter pushed his hitting streak to 19 games. Since May 27, the former seventh-round pick is 24-for-72 (.333) with 12 RBIs and 15 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 19-game surge is tied for the second-longest. Dalton Pompey of New Hampshire (Double-A, Toronto) has hit safely in 22 games in a row, including his day game on Wednesday when his lone hit came as a double in the 13th inning. Peter is even with Franklin Gutierrez of Tacoma (Triple-A, Seattle) for second.
  • Peter has extended his hit streak in the first inning in five of the last six games. Overall, the former Creighton star has come up with a hit in the opening frame in seven of the 19 games in this impressive streak. Only twice has Peter entered the seventh inning in search of his first base hit. This includes the only game over the last six when he did not hit safely in the first; on Sunday at Carolina, Peter delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning.
  • Peter’s 19-game hit streak is tied for the second-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). With a hit Wednesday night, Peter will become the second Dash hitter to post a 20-game hit streak.
  • With a win Wednesday, Winston-Salem will earn its third consecutive series victory. The Dash took three of four from first-place Wilmington last week before escaping Carolina with a three-game series win this past weekend. The Dash dropped seven consecutive series from May 1-25, but they have a chance to win their fourth over the last five completed series, with the yet-to-be-completed set against Salem from May 30-June 2 still a potential win. The Dash and Red Sox will complete that series finale on Saturday with the Dash leading 3-0 in the game and 2-1 in the four-game series.
  • Former Dash utility player Justin Jirschele has been named the hitting coach for the system’s rookie-level affiliate in Great Falls, Mont. The White Sox released Jirschele while he was with Double-A Birmingham earlier this season. He spent part of the last two seasons with the Dash. Jirschele is replacing 2014 Voyagers hitting coach Greg Briley, who will miss the season due to back surgery. The Voyagers kick off their 2015 campaign on Thursday at Billings.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the Dash’s last four contests, Michalczewski had started every game of the year for the Dash.
  • The Dash will try to play spoiler against the Pelicans, who own a magic number of three in the division race.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Justin Jirschele named Great Falls hitting coach

The Chicago White Sox announced Tuesday that Justin Jirschele, who was a member of the Dash’s 2015 Opening Day roster, will serve as the hitting coach for rookie-level Great Falls for the 2015 season. The Clintonville, Wis., native replaces 2014 Voyagers hitting coach Greg Briley, who will miss the campaign due to back surgery.

Former Dash INF/OF Justin Jirschele will serve as the hitting coach for Great Falls in 2015. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Former Dash utility man Justin Jirschele will serve as the hitting coach for Great Falls in 2015. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jirschele signed with the White Sox as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University in June of 2012 and played in the club’s system through this season, reaching as high as Triple-A Charlotte.

He played in two games with Winston-Salem in 2015 and 40 games with the Dash last season, during which he batted .315/.361/.363 with six doubles and nine walks against seven strikeouts.

The 25-year-old Jirschele decided to end his playing career in May after being released with Double-A Birmingham before Chicago brought him on as a coach. Jirschele will try to follow in the footsteps of his father Mike Jirschele, who spent 36 years coaching in the Minors (including 17 years as a manager) before rising in 2014 to his current position as the third base coach of the Kansas City Royals. The younger Jirschele will begin his coaching career in the same place his minor league playing career started in 2012. He also spent part of the 2013 campaign in Great Falls.

Great Falls begins its season on Thursday, June 18, on the road at Billings. As part of the Pioneer League, the Voyagers play a 76-game schedule.

Check back later for our preview of Wednesday’s series finale between Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach.

– Scott

Game #65 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #65 – Home Game #30
Winston-Salem Dash (28-35) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-27)
Tuesday, June 16 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem blasted out 16 hits Monday, with each Dash starter chipping in at least one, in the Dash’s 7-4 victory over Myrtle Beach. Winston searches for a third consecutive series win Tuesday.

Adam Engel drove in four runs Monday in Winston-Salem's 7-4 triumph. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel drove in four runs Monday in Winston-Salem’s 7-4 triumph. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Dash outfielder Adam Engel has reclaimed his swing in recent games. On Monday, Engel went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, one shy of a professional-high. Over his last nine games, five of which have been multi-hit showings, Engel is 12-for-33 (.364) with five RBIs, nine runs scored and six stolen bases. In his previous 16 contests, the Ohioan was 6-for-62 (.097) with three RBIs, three runs and one swipe. Engel has climbed back to the top of the CL in stolen bases with 27, one more than Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer.
  • With a single in Monday’s first inning, Jake Peter pushed his hitting streak to 18 games. Since May 27, the pride of Mason City, Iowa, is 23-for-68 (.338) with 12 RBIs and 15 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 17-game run is tied for the third-longest. New Hampshire’s Dalton Pompey boasts a 20-game streak. In four of his last five games, Peter has banged out a hit in his first at-bat.
  • Peter’s 18-game hit streak is tied for the third-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). With a hit Tuesday, Peter will jump into a share of second place.
  • Tuesday starter Matt Heidenreich has been one of the Carolina League’s best pitchers thus far this season. Heidenreich leads the CL and is tied for fourth in Minor League Baseball with eight victories. In fact, only one other CL hurler has more than five personal wins (Wilmington’s Eric Skoglund, 6). Heidenreich is tied for fifth in both ERA (2.62) and innings pitched (68.2) on the circuit. In his lone outing against Myrtle Beach this season, Heidenreich tossed a rain-shortened complete game on April 26 in South Carolina (5.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER).
  • Winston-Salem’s 16 hits tied a season-high for the club. The Dash also mustered 16 in a seven-inning victory at Frederick on May 7. Winston had not posted more hits in a single game since July 8, 2014. On that night, the Dash banged out 18 hits in a wacky 13-9 win over Myrtle Beach inside BB&T Ballpark. Thanks to Monday’s explosion, the Dash raised their team batting average from .242 to .245, though they are still in the basement here in the CL.
  • First baseman Chris Jacobs has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the White Sox announced Tuesday. Jacobs, a native of Winston-Salem, hit .279 with three homers and 27 RBIs in his 58 games with the Dash. This marks his first trip to Double-A since 2013 while with the Dodgers system. In a corresponding move, fellow slugger Keon Barnum (oblique) has been activated from the disabled list. The White Sox 27th-best prospect according to MLB.com, Barnum hit .245 with two homers and 17 RBIs in his 31 games before his trip to the DL.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the Dash’s last three contests, Michalczewski had started every game of the year for the Dash.
  • The Dash will try to play spoiler against the Pelicans, who own a magic number of four in the division race.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #64 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #64 – Home Game #29
Winston-Salem Dash (27-35) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-26)
Monday, June 15 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Peter’s go-ahead double in the ninth Sunday extended his hitting streak to 17 games and propelled the Dash to a 5-2 series-clinching victory over the Carolina Mudcats. Winston-Salem begins a week-long homestand Monday with the start of a three-game series with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Brian Clark's three hitless innings of relief Sunday earned him the win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark’s three hitless innings of relief Sunday earned him the win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Peter’s 17-game hit streak is the longest by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015 by four games. Since May 27, the pride of Mason City, Iowa, is 22-for-64 (.344) with 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 17-game run is tied for the third-longest. A pair of Eastern League hitters (Altoona’s Willy Garcia and New Hampshire’s Dalton Pompey) are riding 19-game streaks into Monday’s action. Peter had posted a hit in the first in three straight games before Sunday’s ninth-frame save.
  • Peter’s 17-game hit streak is the longest by a Winston hitter since current Oakland infielder Marcus Semien recorded an 18-game run in 2012. In the Dash era (2009-present), Peter’s current surge is tied for the fifth-best hit streak.
  • For the fourth time this season, Winston-Salem claimed a victory in its last at-bat on Sunday. The Dash’s first three came against Salem. The Dash have suffered seven last at-bat defeats. Still, the club has not earned a walk-off victory.
  • After missing the first 63 games of the Dash’s season due to injury, right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his 2015 debut on Monday night. Brennan takes the place of Jake Cose in the rotation. Cose will now pitch out of the Dash’s bullpen. A year ago, Brennan made 14 appearances over three levels (Great Falls, Kannapolis and Winston-Salem) as he worked back from Tommy John surgery. In his six starts with the Dash to complete the season, Brennan went 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA (22 K in 30.2 IP).
  • The Dash’s bullpen was outstanding in the club’s two victories in Zebulon this weekend. After Jordan Guerrero’s ejection on Saturday, three relievers (Euclides LeyerBrad Goldberg and Peter Tago) combined to give up just one run on five hits over six innings. Brian Clark and Michael Ynoa one-upped this trio in the rubber tilt, combining to keep Carolina hitless in four frames.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the final two games of the series in Carolina, Michalczewski had started every game of the season for the Dash.
  • To make room for Brennan on the roster, the White Sox announced Monday that right-hander Jose Brito has been assigned to Low-A Kannapolis. In his 16 efforts with the Dash, Brito charted a 2-3 record and a 4.66 earned run average.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Moniker Madness Candidates – 2015 Edition

TL-VMAUlEach year here on the Dash Board Blog, we scan every name in the MLB Draft and pick out the future candidates for the MiLB’s Moniker Madness contest. Once again this year, the names do not disappoint, and it gets going with the very first pick in the Draft!

In previous years, I just listed them in order of draft spot. This year, let’s rank the top 15! Here goes nothing.

15. Jake Peevyhouse (Round 34, Pick 1006 by Arizona)

He would love a career as great as Jake Peavy.

14. Dansby Swanson (Round 1, Pick 1 by Arizona)

One of the best top-pick names ever. Well done, Diamondbacks.

13. Mattingly Romanin (Round 39, Pick 1172 by Toronto)

Influenced by Don Mattingly?

12. Cornelius Randolph (Round 1, Pick 11 by Cincinnati)

In a past life, he was probably an awesome Army General.

11. Ljay Newsome (Round 26, Pick 785 by Seattle)

Hope he is better than my friend L.J. at baseball.

10. Tim Proudfoot (Round 35, Pick 1058 by Oakland)

Rex Ryan would approve.

9. Scooter Hightower (Round 15, Pick 457 by Pittsburgh)

Sounds like a tall, fast guy.

8. Icezack Flemming (Round 26, Pick 783 by New York Yankees)

What a first name.

7. Ka’Ai Tom (Round 5, Pick 154 by Cleveland)

I love the contrast…it is almost as if the names are flipped.

6. Winston Lavendier (Round 33, Pick 1005 by Los Angeles Angels)

Too bad he is not from Winston-Salem.

5. Jacy Cave (Round 19, Pick 556 by Arizona)

Sounds like a rest area attraction.

4. Hunter Bowling (Round 39, Pick 1176 by San Francisco)

Any bowling reference bodes well in the eyes of yours truly.

3. Dustin Hurlbutt (Round 16, Pick 488 by Oakland)

Fittingly, he is a hurler.

2. Boomer Biegalski (Round 14, Pick 428 by Oakland)

Oakland had a great Draft! Maybe this is the new version of Moneyball…crazy names.

1. Skye Bolt (Round 4, Pick 128 by Oakland)

He would be the best weatherman ever. Or Bolt’s new sidekick.

There’s the top 15 names of the 2015 MLB Draft. Here’s a 10-person honorable mention, in order of selection:

Demi Orimoloye (Round 4, Pick 121 by Milwaukee)
Kade Scivicque (Round 4, Pick 130 by Detroit)
George Iskenderian (Round 7, Pick 212 by Milwaukee)
Gabriel Cancel (Round 7, Pick 219 by Kansas City)
Sarkis Ohanian (Round 9, Pick 265 by Cincinnati)
Vimael Machin (Round 10, Pick 293 by Chicago Cubs)
Seby Zavala (Round 12, Pick 352 by Chicago White Sox)
Kirvin Moesquit (Round 24, Pick 733 by Baltimore)
Marcus Mastrobuoni (Round 25, Pick 743 by Chicago Cubs)
Coco Montes (Round 35, Pick 1064 by Washington)

Thanks for checking out one of our most popular posts each year. Can’t want to see some of these young men in the Carolina League.

– Brian

Game #63 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #63 – Road Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash (26-35) at Carolina Mudcats (30-31)
Sunday, June 14 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash snapped an eight-game road losing streak Saturday by upending the Mudcats 6-2. Sunday’s rubber match is the final road game of the first half for Winston-Salem.

Chris Jacobs drove in two Saturday in Winston's 6-2 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Chris Jacobs drove in two Saturday in Winston’s 6-2 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s gritty win overshadowed infielder Jake Peter, who pushed his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning single. This hit streak represents the longest by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015. Since May 27, the former seventh-round pick is 21-for-59 (.356) with 10 RBIs and 14 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 16-game run is the fourth-longest. There has been little drama for Peter, who has come up with a hit in the first inning in three consecutive games.
  • Peter’s 16-game hit streak is the longest by a Winston hitter since current Oakland infielder Marcus Semien recorded an 18-game run from April 23 to May 12 of 2012. In the Dash era (2009-present), Peter’s current 16-game surge is the sixth-longest hit streak. Brandon Short boasts the longest run by a Dash hitter, a 26-gamer from April 11 to May 8 of 2010.
  • After going 1-for-30 with men in scoring position in their previous four games, the Dash were 4-for-11 on Saturday night. Adam Engel, who is now tied for second in the CL in stolen bases at 25, ripped off a pair of swipes after just three in his previous 24 games. Cleuluis Rondon posted his first multi-hit game since May 7.
  • Before Saturday’s victory, the Dash had dropped eight consecutive road games dating back to May 23. This is tied for the worst road losing streak of the Dash era (2009-present). Winston-Salem also dropped eight in a row away from the Triad in August of 2014. The franchise has not endured a longer road skid since August 10-22, 2006, when the Warthogs dropped nine straight road games. During this losing streak, the Dash were outscored 47-23, and they failed to surpass three runs in all but two games.
  • Winston-Salem infielder Trey Michalczewski enjoyed his first off day of 2015 on Saturday. Michalczewski had started in all of the Dash’s first 60 games. He is second in the Carolina League with 39 RBIs, trailing only Lynchburg slugger Nellie Rodriguez (50). Now, the only Dash player to play in every game this season is outfielder Adam Engel, who is the only player on the circuit to play in every inning for his team.
  • Following Sunday’s rubber match, the Dash will return to the Triad for a week-long homestand, which includes the conclusion of the suspended game on June 2 against Salem.
  • In his last start Tuesday against Wilmington, Robinson Leyer posted his second career professional complete game (7IP, 3R, 6H).
  • Before Saturday, a member of the Dash had only been ejected four times.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 6 p.m.

– Scott

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