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A look around the White Sox organization

It’s hard to believe, but we are already about a month into the Dash season! With April in the rearview mirror, we wanted to take a look at how the rest of the teams are faring within the White Sox organization.

Chicago White Sox (MLB): Look out, baseball–the South Siders have the best record in the American League.

Chicago sits atop the Central Division by four games with a 19-10 record. The parent club also currently sports the best ERA in the AL with a 2.83 mark.

Dash alumnus Chris Sale became baseball’s first six-game winner after his victory against the Orioles on May 1. The southpaw has a 1.66 ERA and some pundits are touting the 27-year-old as the early favorite for the AL Cy Young Award.

The scary part for the rest of baseball is that Sale may have company at the top of the rotation. Jose Quintana, another left-handed starter, is 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA. Meanwhile, newcomer Mat Latos has dazzled in his first year with the White Sox, going 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA.

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White Sox ace and Dash alumnus Chris Sale is the early front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award (Jesse JohnsonUS PRESSWIRE).

The back of the bullpen has performed at an elite level as well. Relievers Matt Albers, Nate Jones, and David Robertson have combined for a 0.71 ERA in 38 innings. Less than a year ago, Jones was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery right here in Winston-Salem!

On offense, executive vice president Kenny Williams and general manager Rick Hahn made several impact moves this offseason that have helped the ballclub. Third baseman Todd Frazier, who was acquired in a trade involving three former Dash players, leads the team with seven home runs. Second baseman Brett Lawrie, whom the Sox received in a trade from Oakland, has posted a solid .283/.393/.485 line with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

The mainstays have continued to shine for Chicago as well. Right fielder Adam Eaton boasts a 10.9 Ultimate Zone Rating, nearly four points higher than any other player in baseball. After a slow start, designated hitter Jose Abreu had hit safely in eight straight games (14-for-32 in that span) from April 26-May 4 before going 0-for-5 on Thursday against the Red Sox.

With the Cubs having the best record in the National League, it could shape up to be an exciting summer of baseball in Chicago.

Charlotte Knights (AAA): It’s early, but a couple of top-level prospects have struggled at the Triple-A level in 2016.

Former Dash INF Tim Anderson, rated the second-best prospect in the organization by MLB.com, has gotten off to a slow start. The former first-round pick has mustered a .229/.253/.260 batting line in 22 games. Outfielder Jacob May, the club’s No. 7 prospect, has batted .250/.305/.352 with only one home run and eight RBIs.

The Knights’ pitching staff has scuffled as well. They’ve have the highest ERA in the International League, with a 4.78 mark (0.62 points higher than the Norfolk Tides, who possess a 4.16 ERA)

One bright spot for Charlotte has been former Dash outfielder Jason Coats.  The 27th-best prospect in the organization posted a staggering .364/.417/.561 batting line before getting injured on April 24. He was just activated earlier this afternoon.

The Knights are 12-15, but only 1.5 games back of the Gwinnett Braves in the International League South Division.

Birmingham Barons (AA): The Barons, like the Knights, have seen their top prospects start off slowly. At 10-17, Birmingham sits in the basement of the Southern League North Division.

But it’s far from gloom and doom in Alabama. In fact, the team’s top-tier pitching prospects are starting to turn things around.

Former Dash right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in last two starts after going 0-3 with an 8.53 mark in his first three outings. Tyler Danish, another former Dash right-hander, has been marvelous since his first game. He’s thrown four quality starts in a row, going 2-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 28 1/3 innings during that span. Within that stretch, the former 2nd-round pick in 2013 threw his first complete game shutout on his late dad’s birthday.

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Barons starter and former Dash pitcher Tyler Danish has dazzled in his last four starts (John Shadrick/Birmingham Barons).

A bright spot for Birmingham offensively has been former Dash infielder Jake Peter. The 23-year-old has swatted a line of .286/.320/.418 in 24 games.

Kannapolis Intimidators (Low-A): The Intimidators four-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday, but the team is slowly climbing back to .500. At 12-15, Kannapolis is 6.5 games back of Hagerstown and Hickory in the SAL’s Northern Division.

The Intimidators have several interesting prospects who could join Winston-Salem at some point this season. Outfielder Landon Lassiter, who reached base in every game during the month of April, currently wields a batting line of .306/.404/.365 in 22 contests.

On the rubber, southpaw Tanner Banks has been a stud at the top of the rotation. An 18th-round pick in 2014, the Utah native is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 30 1/3 frames. He threw his first complete game shutout (9IP, 4H, 1BB, 5 SO) against the West Virginia Power on April 20.

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Kannapolis outfielder Landon Lassiter reached base in every game during the month of April (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images). 

The bullpen has been hit or miss so far, but there are several relievers on this team with impressive numbers:

  • RHP Drew Hasler: 34th-round pick in 2015; 1.53 ERA in eight appearances, 17 2/3 innings and 12 strikeouts
  • RHP Taylore Cherry: 32nd-round pick in 2015; 1.10 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings
  • RHP Yelmison Peralta: International free-agent in 2012; 0.79 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings

Stay tuned for our Dash preview! After a rainout on Thursday, Winston-Salem begins a four-game, three-day set at BB&T Ballpark on Friday against the Salem Red Sox.

-Joe

Early returns around the White Sox system

The 2016 season is almost a week old in the Minor Leagues, while the White Sox season is into its second week. Let’s take a look at some of the storylines around the organization.

MLB: Chicago White Sox (5-2)

The parent club has gotten off to the best start in the organization. It’s extremely early (I’ll be saying that a lot), but the Sox lead the Central Division by a half-game. One of the biggest reasons for this has been pitching. Chicago has a team ERA of 2.76, good for the third-best mark in the American League.

Former Dash left-handers Chris Sale (2010) and Carlos Rodon (2014) have started strongly. Sale is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his first two starts, while Rodon threw seven strong innings in a tough-luck loss against the A’s on Wednesday. This Fangraphs article details why Rodon is likely to break out this year.

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The White Sox are expecting big things from Carlos Rodon, who pitched for the Dash in 2014 (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images).

On the position player front, it’s fair to say outfielder Adam Eaton has had a memorable start. Through seven games, he leads the team in batting average (.417), on-base percentage (.481), and hits (10). Also, his wife Kate just gave birth to the couple’s first child. In this Chicago Tribune article, Eaton discusses his new life as both a father and a professional baseball player.

Right-hander Michael Ynoa, who pitched for the Dash last season, was called up while Eaton was on paternity leave. He became the 32nd player in Dash era to reach the majors. He was sent back down to Double-A without making an appearance, but he seems to be on the precipice of his first big league appearance.

Meanwhile, designated hitter Jose Abreu continues to destroy baseballs. He leads the team with two home runs, along with new third baseman Todd Frazier.

Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (1-4)

Unlike the White Sox, pitching has been the Achilles heel for the Knights thus far. Charlotte gave up seven earned runs on Monday in a loss to Norfolk to balloon their team ERA to 6.14, the highest mark in the International League. The squad has smashed a league-tying five home runs, though, with former San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez crushing two of them.

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Outfielder Jason Coats has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A Charlotte (Laura Wolff/ Charlotte Knights)

Outfielder Jason Coats, who spent a majority of 2014 with Winston-Salem, leads the team with a .455 batting average. He also tops the IL with 10 hits.

Double-A: Birmingham Barons (1-4)

Outside of a extra-inning victory on April 9 against Jacksonville, it has been a rough go for the Barons to begin 2016. Like Triple-A Charlotte, Birmingham has the highest team ERA in its league.

Some of the players who had integral roles in the Dash’s trip to the postseason last year have gotten off to slow starts. Shortstop Eddy Alvarez, outfielder Adam Engel, third baseman Trey Michalczewski and catcher Omar Narvaez are a combined 14-for-72 to begin the season. No need to stress though. We have seen what these players can do as the year progresses.

One of the most noteworthy members of the 2015 Dash in Birmingham is right-hander Carson Fulmer.  Even though his first start was a bit rocky, the White Sox 2015 first-round pick left a strong impression on the organization during spring training.

Low-A: Kannapolis Intimidators (2-3)

After dropping their first three contests, the Intimidators have won two straight. They collected 10 runs in their series finale against Hickory on Sunday and then followed that up with a 2-1 victory against Delmarva on Monday.

One of the standouts so far is outfielder Tyler Sullivan. Normally known for his defense, the Intimidators’ leadoff man has a .421/.542/.579 batting line with three stolen bases through the first five contests.

Thanks for reading! We’ll have preview of tonight’s game against Myrtle Beach coming very shortly.

-Joe

Dash relievers sliding into major success

The Dash led 1-0 and were threatening for more in the sixth inning of their contest in Frederick on July 25. With two outs and the bases loaded, Keys manager Orlando Gomez walked out to the mound and took the baseball from his starting pitcher, southpaw Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez had been strong, surrendering just one run on two hits in 5.2 innings. The reasoning behind the move, though, was simple: With right-handed hitting Jeremy Dowdy strolling to the plate, Gomez wanted right-hander Jimmy Yacobonis in the game.

Orlando Gomez is the Keys' all-time winningest manager. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

Orlando Gomez is the Keys’ all-time winningest manager. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

Gomez’s decision worked to perfection. Yacobonis struck out Dowdy to end the threat, and the Keys would later win the game 2-1 in 11 innings.

It’s impossible to know what would have happened had Gonzalez been left in the game. But the numbers, while unavailable at the minor league level, strongly support Gomez’s decision. During the 2015 season, MLB right-handed hitters have batted .259/.326/.414 against southpaws. However, when facing fellow righties, that slips to .249/.303/.391.

It’s been even more pronounced for left-handed batters in The Show. Against opposite-handed pitchers, lefties have posted a .256/.321/.406 line that slips to .240/.303/.351 against hurlers of the same handedness.

While most managers in the Carolina League won’t play match-ups nearly as often as Gomez does for personnel reasons, Winston-Salem manager Tim Esmay doesn’t really have to worry about doing so. Behind his bullpen’s incredible second half, during which Dash relievers have recorded an earned run average of 1.83, has been the ability of his relievers to get both righties and lefties out.

Peter Tago leads the Dash with eight saves. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Peter Tago went 2-0 with a 2.80 ERA and eight saves with the Dash in 2015. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Former Dash right-hander Peter Tago mainly used a curveball as a secondary pitch during his first four years of professional baseball after being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the supplemental first round, 47th overall, in 2010.

However, upon arriving to White Sox Spring Training in February after being taken in the Triple-A phase of the Rule V Draft, Tago worked with Dash pitching coach J.R. Perdew and Kannapolis pitching coach Jose Bautista to develop a slider. The results have been staggering: During the four years Tago spent in the Colorado system, lefties bashed him to a .276/.406/.408 tune. However, across Kannapolis, Winston-Salem and Birmingham this season, left-handed batters have only hit .211/.302/.276.

“It’s just an easier pitch for me to throw as far as secondary to lefties,” said Tago, who was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on July 25. “It’s hard and it’s not easy to pick up out of my hand as compared to when I was throwing a curveball previously in my career.

“It’s based off the fastball – I can throw it with the same arm speed and same arm action as my fastball, and that is what gets the hitter to commit.”

Brian Clark has a Dash-best 2.15 ERA this season. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark has a Dash-best 1.97 ERA this season. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark’s effectiveness out of the bullpen this season has earned him a few spot starts as the year has worn on. The driving force behind that success is the ability of the left-hander to deal with right-handed hitters, whom he faces much more often on the bump. Clark, who has held righties to a .215/.311/.249 line while lefties have batted .254/.342/.284, credits that success to his slider.

“One of the most successful pitches I have as of late is a back-foot slider to a righty, where it just drops in right below their hands and almost hits them in the foot,” Clark said. “If they swing, it’s almost impossible to hit. I was also able to throw the slider backdoor, coming around out of the strike zone and coming back in on the plate to righties, who usually take that pitch for a strike.”

Since the Dash offense has scored three runs or fewer in more than half its contests this year, the Dash have needed their pitching staff to come through to make a run at the postseason. After a 3.62 ERA in the first half, Winston-Salem pitchers have registered a 2.54 ERA in half two. Winston-Salem owns the league’s best second-half mark at 24-15. Had it not been for a bullpen slinging hard sliders to retire both righties and lefties, the story might be much different.

– Scott

Dash alumni thriving

The second half is upon us! During the Dash’s three-day break, a few Winston-Salem alumni shined. Let’s take a look back:

SALE’S STRIKEOUT STREAK

For the seventh consecutive outing, Chris Sale posted a double-digit strikeout title on Wednesday at Minnesota. Sale became the fourth Major League hurler since 1914 to accomplish this remarkable feat, joining Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (1977), Pedro Martinez (1999) and Randy Johnson (2001).

Here’s a look back from some tweets last night:

ANDERSON’S AMAZING BIRTHDAY

Infielder Tim Anderson, the White Sox top prospect, celebrated his 22nd birthday in style. With plenty of family in attendance, Anderson claimed the Most Valuable Player award in Tuesday’s Southern League All-Star Game.

MONTAS NAMED TO FUTURES GAME

Former Dash right-hander Frankie Montas, who shined in the Carolina League a year ago, will represent the White Sox in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Montas boasts a 2.55 earned run average in 12 starts with Double-A Birmingham.

MARIN DOMINANT IN TRIPLE-A

The White Sox released Terance Marin last April. Since then, he went to independent baseball, rejoined the White Sox, pitched in the Mexican League and earned a jump to Triple-A. With Charlotte, Marin has been incredible. In his four outings, Marin has not permitted a run in 22 innings. No Minor League hurler has logged more innings since June 5 without giving up a run than Marin, who was promoted to the Knights on that day.

It’s always great to see so many Dash alumni perform well at higher levels. Here’s hoping this continues! Stay tuned for our preview of the Dash’s second-half opener in Lynchburg.

– Brian

Around the White Sox system – April

On Friday, we reviewed the first month of the season for the Dash (they did lead the Carolina League in ERA). Today, we will examine the rest of the Chicago White Sox system to see how their Aprils went, starting from the top:

Chicago White Sox (MLB): An offseason that saw the White Sox acquire RHPs Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson, LHP Zach Duke, 1B Adam LaRoche, OF Melky Cabrera and UTL Emilio Bonafacio led to some believing that Chicago would contend in the American League. However, the White Sox struggled in the season’s first month and the rumbling has already begun about rebuilding around this core for 2016.

Jose Abreu has crushed five homers this season.  (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports)

Jose Abreu has crushed five homers this season. (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports)

That being said, the core is the envy of nearly every team in baseball. Jose Abreu has mashed to a 126 wRC+, while Avisail Garcia has been a surprise to match that production so far. Meanwhile, the White Sox lineup has seen LaRoche (87 wRC+), Cabrera (75 wRC+), Alexei Ramirez (46 wRC+) and Adam Eaton (36 wRC+) get off to slow starts, meaning this talented lineup should start to turn things around and get hot at any moment.

The same could be said about the Chicago pitching staff. Both Chris Sale and Jose Quintana have posted ERAs above 5.00, with Samardzija currently at 4.78. The White Sox have also brought up top prospect and former Dash LHP Carlos Rodon, who has pitched to a 2.76 ERA in 6.1 innings thus far.

Although the White Sox are currently 7.0 games behind the Tigers, nearly everything has gone wrong for them so far, and turnarounds from what was supposed to be one of the deepest lineups and best starting pitching trios in baseball could make Chicago a team that makes a run later in the year.

Carlos Sanchez is off to a torrid start in 2015. (Buren Foster/Charlotte Knights)

Carlos Sanchez is off to a torrid start in 2015. (Buren Foster/Charlotte Knights)

Charlotte Knights (AAA): April saw Charlotte storm to a 13-7 start to take the early lead in the International League South division. Former Dash INF Carlos Sanchez has put together one of the best performances in all of Minor League Baseball. The 10th-ranked prospect in the White Sox system according to MLB.com, Sanchez is batting .407/.432/.582 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs. Nearly half of those RBIs came in a May 2 game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, when Sanchez went 4-for-4 with two homers and a double to drive in seven runs. That capped a run that saw Sanchez reach base in 10 straight plate appearances, recording a hit in nine of those.

Former Dash OF Trayce Thompson, the No. 19 White Sox prospect, has raked to a .326/.365/.517 tune with three triples, two home runs and 11 RBIs thus far. On the mound, RHP Erik Johnson, who pitched for Winston-Salem in 2012, leads the club with a 3-1 record and 2.04 ERA, fanning 19 in 17.2 innings.

The flip of the calendar to May also saw the White Sox release OF Jared Mitchell. The 2010 first-round pick was batting just .050 this season for Charlotte and was a .205 hitter with 10 homers in 144 Triple-A games.

With a record of 14-9, the Knights are enjoying the perch of the division by one game over the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays).

Tim Anderson has stolen the most bases in the Southern League. (Buren Foster)

Tim Anderson has stolen the most bases in the Southern League. (Buren Foster)

Birmingham Barons (AA): Like the Dash, the Barons had an up-and-down opening month of the season, finishing an even 10-10. Former Dash INF Tim Anderson, who is now the top-ranked prospect in the Chicago system with Rodon in the bigs, has stolen 11 bases and batted .309 with 13 RBIs in the early going. Meanwhile, 2014 Dash members Jacob May (.337/.378/.424, 10 SB) and Jason Coats (.340/.354/.532, 9 2B) reinforced an offense that ranks in the top half of the league in both batting average and slugging percentage. Coats did earn a late-April bump to Charlotte thanks to his strong production.

In the rotation, Frankie Montas and Myles Jaye, who both pitched in Winston-Salem last year, have helped lead a pitching staff that is just four off the lead for most strikeouts in the Southern League. Montas has a 2.63 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13.2 frames, while Jaye is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and 20 punchouts against six free passes in 20.1 innings.

The Barons are currently 2.5 games behind the Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs) in the Southern League’s North Division.

Jordan Guerrero's 0.69 ERA is the sixth-best in MiLB. (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators)

Jordan Guerrero’s 0.69 ERA is the sixth-best in MiLB. (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators)

Kannapolis Intimidators (A): Former Dash manager Tommy Thompson and his Intimidators did not have a winning or losing streak of more than two games throughout April. LHP Jordan Guerrero (No. 29 White Sox prospect) has gotten off to a ridiculous start to the campaign. Guerrero has the sixth-best ERA (0.69) in all of Minor League Baseball, while his 0.77 WHIP ranks 18th. The southpaw is 3-0, has given up just 15 hits in 26.0 innings and fanned 26 against only five walks.

The Kannapolis offense has posted the third-best average and slugging percentage in the South Atlantic League. INF Chris Curley’s 20 RBIs lead the club, and he has hit .281/.326/.551 while smashing a team-high nine doubles and five roundtrippers. C Brett Austin, Rodon’s roommate at NC State, is batting .333/.453/.548 with three triples, and former Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez has slashed .301/.396/.422 with six steals.

The Intimidators’ 10-13 record has them at the bottom of the SAL Northern Division, 6.0 games behind the Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers).

Stay tuned for our Dash game preview as they wrap up a four-game set Monday with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

-Scott

Dash Top 10 – #5: Anderson rescues Dash with homer

The 2014 season is in the books, and there were many great moments throughout the summer. Over the next few weeks, we will count down the Dash Top 10 of 2014.

Previous moments:
#10 – Shortest MiLB game in 2014
#9 – DeMichele’s five-hit, five-run effort
#8 – Buckner’s controversial walk-off blast
#7 – Narvaez’s two-homer Dash debut
#6 – Danish tosses six no-hit innings

Moment #5 – June 2
Anderson’s walk-off blast erases late Lynchburg surge

Tim Anderson registered the Dash's first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tim Anderson registered the Dash’s first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem boasted the White Sox three most recent first-round picks during the 2014 season. Courtney Hawkins was the Dash veteran, with whom the city became very familiar. Carlos Rodon was the North Carolina kid who carried NC State to unprecedented heights.

Tim Anderson did not have a connection to the state, and he was not here for very long. However, Anderson had a month-long surge that rivaled anyone in the Carolina League, and it began with one majestic blast on the second day of June.

The Dash took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Lynchburg stunned the BB&T Ballpark with three runs to thrust Winston-Salem to the brink of a very tough loss.

With that one-run lead, the Hillcats summoned Ryan Kelly, he of 20 Triple-A appearances in his Minor League career, from the bullpen. Kelly had not given up a base runner in his first four efforts with the Hillcats, and he would ultimately finish the season as a key cog in the bullpen of Double-A Mississippi.

However, Zach Voight snapped that impressive run of 5.1 hitless frames with a single to lead off the ninth, setting the stage for Anderson. The Alabama kid sat in a 2-2 count before Kelly left a pitch up in the zone.

Before this mighty swing, Anderson was hitting .284 with two homers and 14 RBIs. From that swing until his promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the Alabama native was a .323 hitter with four homers and 17 RBIs.

A Dash player may not have hit a harder ball than this bomb to dead center field, and it ultimately prevented Winston-Salem from suffering a difficult defeat.

Our fourth-best moment is a tremendous one for the organization and the community. Stay tuned for that.

– Brian

Walker rejoins Winston-Salem

Keenyn Walker was an important part of the 2012 Winston-Salem club (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Keenyn Walker was an important part of the 2012 Winston-Salem club (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The Dash will add yet another prospect to their roster, the White Sox announced Monday afternoon. The club has assigned outfielder Keenyn Walker to Winston-Salem from Double-A Birmingham.

As a result, Winston-Salem now boasts 10 of the White Sox top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America. Walker checks in as the 23rd-best farmhand in the organization.

He joins Tim Anderson (3), Courtney Hawkins (6), Jacob May (9), Tyler Danish (10), Keon Barnum (14), Braulio Ortiz (20), Myles Jaye (24), Brad Goldberg (28) and Frank Montas (29) as ranked prospects in the Winston-Salem clubhouse.

Walker was hitting .155 with 11 stolen bases and 15 runs scored in 32 games with Birmingham, where the Salt Lake City, Utah, native spent all of 2013. The speedster was with the Dash toward the tail end of the 2012 season, during which Winston-Salem went to the Mills Cup Finals. In 37 games within the Carolina League, Walker hit .238 with three homers, 16 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

To make room for Walker, fellow outfielder Adam Heisler was placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday). Heisler is hitting .277 with two homers, eight RBIs and 13 runs in 30 games this year.

Stay tuned for a full preview of the Dash’s homestand finale with Lynchburg.

– Brian

Plenty of roster moves announced Tuesday

Brandon Hardin is heading to Double-A for the first time (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Brandon Hardin is heading to Double-A for the first time in his career (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The Dash’s roster looks a bit different now than it did when the club was concluding its road trip in Lynchburg on Monday. Here is a look at what the White Sox announced Tuesday morning:

  • RHP Brandon Hardin promoted to Double-A Birmingham from Winston-Salem
  • RHP Myles Jaye assigned to Winston-Salem from Double-A Birmingham
  • INF Zach Voight promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis
  • INF Nick Basto assigned to extended spring training from Winston-Salem

Hardin thrived in the back end of the Dash’s bullpen. He posted a 1.32 earned run average in 13.2 innings over 14 outings. The former Delta State product concludes this stint with Winston-Salem by recording a streak of seven consecutive scoreless outings, during which he logged four saves. He becomes the sixth Dash player promoted to Double-A or Triple-A thus far this season.

Jaye rejoins Winston-Salem after beginning the season with the Barons, which is where he finished the 2013 season. Jaye started the final game of Birmingham’s run to the Southern League Championship, a deciding Game 5 against Mobile last September. Thus far this season, Jaye struggled in the SL, posting an 0-6 record to go along with a 6.32 ERA. However, the former Toronto farmhand was stellar with the Dash in 2013. He went 9-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts in the Triad.

Voight will play in the Carolina League for the first time. In 26 games with the Intimidators, Voight hit .237 with one homer and eight RBIs. A 20th-round pick in 2012, the Denton, Texas, native led all White Sox farmhands with a .320 average and a .417 on-base percentage with rookie-level Great Falls a year ago.

Basto has been strong at the plate for Winston-Salem thus far this year. He leads all qualifying hitters on the club with a .293 average, and he also has driven in 20 runs.

Stay tuned for a full preview of Tuesday’s homestand opener with Potomac.

– Brian

One promotion out; another promotion in

Bryan Blough picked up four saves before heading to Double-A Birmingham (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Bryan Blough saved four games before joining Double-A Birmingham (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Four days ago, the Dash went through a double promotion, with Tyler Danish joining Winston-Salem from Kannapolis when Mike Recchia jumped to Double-A Birmingham.

On Monday morning, the White Sox announced a similar move, this time within the Dash’s bullpen. Right-hander Bryan Blough is heading to Double-A for the first time. In a corresponding move, southpaw Jose Bautista is set for his first stint in the Carolina League.

Blough has been with Winston-Salem since August of 2012, when he joined the Dash during their push to the Mills Cup Finals. He was an integral part of the Dash’s bullpen during that stretch run, and he became the Opening Day starter for Winston-Salem in 2013. Blough led the CL and finished second in the Minor Leagues with 172.2 innings pitched. He also paced the league in starts (28) and finished tied for the top spot in wins (11).

This season, Blough returned to the bullpen and posted a 1.93 earned run average in 13 appearances. He also logged four saves in five tries.

Bautista boasted a 0.92 earned run average in 10 appearances out of the Intimidators’ bullpen this year. The Dominican Republic native struck out 26 in 19.2 innings. He signed with the White Sox as an international free agent in 2009.

The Dash are enjoying their only day off this month on Monday. Winston-Salem embarks on an eight-game, seven-day road trip Tuesday.

– Brian

Danish, Recchia moving up

Tyler Danish has not given up a run in his last 22 innings (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators).

Tyler Danish has not given up a run in his last 22 innings (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators).

Minor Leaguers’ primary goal is to advance in their organization. Two White Sox farmhands have jumped a level, the club announced Thursday. Tyler Danish, Chicago’s second-round pick in 2013, has joined the Dash from Low-Kannapolis, while fellow righty Mike Recchia is heading to Double-A Birmingham for the first time in his career.

Danish sizzled in the South Atlantic League to the tune of a 3-0 record and a 0.71 earned run average. The Florida native boasts the lowest ERA among active, qualifying Minor League pitchers. Chase Anderson does still qualify with a 0.69 ERA, but he was recently promoted to Arizona from Double-A Mobile.

Though he was strong in all seven outings with Kannapolis, Danish dominated in his final four efforts. He concluded his time with the Intimidators by rattling off 22 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to April 23.

In 22 career appearances in the Minor Leagues, Danish owns a 0.93 ERA (seven earned runs in 68 innings). The 19-year-old was drafted out of Durant High School in Plant City, Fla.

Danish will take Recchia’s spot in the rotation; therefore, the righty is slated to begin his High-A career Sunday at home against Frederick.

Recchia also thrived in seven starts before his promotion. He went 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA, which is good for the ninth-lowest mark in the Carolina League. The Worth, Ill., native also sits second in the CL and fourth in all of High-A baseball with 47 strikeouts.

This time last season, Recchia was in independent baseball with the Windy City ThunderBolts. The White Sox inked him to a deal in June, and he made 12 starts with the Dash from early August of 2013 until his final outing Tuesday in Myrtle Beach. He went 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA, capping his time in the CL with back-to-back seven-inning showings.

A key to Recchia’s success this season was his ability to shut down the first batter of the inning. He pitched 40.1 innings, which means he started 41 frames. Only five of those 41 leadoff hitters reached against him (three singles, one walk and one hit by pitch).

Fans can hear from Recchia on tonight’s Pregame Dash, which begins at 6:45 on 600 AM-WSJS in Winston-Salem. Stay tuned for a preview of tonight’s series lid-lifter against Frederick, which will be posted here on the Dash Board later today.

– Brian

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