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Brent Morel’s time in Winston-Salem has come to an end. The three-year big league veteran is heading to Triple-A Charlotte to continue his recovery from a lower back injury that sent him to the disabled list May 22.
Morel played in seven games with Winston and hit .227 (5-for-22), but this average is a bit misleading. After mustering only one hit in his first five games, Morel went a combined 4-for-9 Wednesday and Thursday. It was obvious that Morel was taking it easy with his back during the first few days of his rehab stint in Winston. Once he felt comfortable, Morel rarely disappointed when putting the ball in play.
Defensively, the third baseman played in the field in five of those seven games. He was Winston’s designated hitter in his first game and last game with the Dash. However, he did not have many chances to work on his glove. The Bakersfield, Calif., native only had five total chances in 31 innings.
Now, Morel joins the Knights, who are home through Tuesday. He is scheduled to play this evening. We wish Morel, who just completed the first big league rehab assignment in Dash history, luck in his recovery.
White Sox third baseman Brent Morel has been with Winston-Salem since Friday. He is recovering from a lower back injury that forced him to the disabled list May 22.
Morel is back in the lineup and at third base today, and he is scheduled to play for five innings during the Dash’s 7:00 p.m. date with the Carolina Mudcats at BB&T Ballpark. He and I chatted prior to the game about his progression, at bats, defense and advice for current members of the Dash. You can listen to the full interview below.
Over the last five days, the White Sox have moved 13 players. It began with three moves Wednesday, highlighted by the first High-A promotion for Keenyn Walker. Friday, a pair of Kevin’s–Kevin Moran and Kevin Vance–joined the Dash’s bullpen.
Also Friday, we learned that Brent Morel would begin a rehab that continues today. Morel will play at third base for five innings this afternoon.
There were some huge moves on Saturday as well, with Jake Petricka and Carlos Sanchez heading to Double-A Birmingham and Erik Johnson and Daniel Wagner coming to Winston-Salem. Also yesterday, news broke that the White Sox had dealt now former Dash arms Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters to Houston for big league closer Brett Myers.
Today, the White Sox released two more moves, placing Moran on the disabled list and receiving left-hander Scott Snodgress from Low-A Kannapolis.
Moran made his High-A debut Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark and worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs thanks to four walks.
Snodgress has been a solid starter for the Intimidators throughout the season. The southpaw was 3-3 with a 3.64 earned run average in 19 starts. Over 99 innings of action, the Yucaipa, Calif., native struck out 84 men and held South Atlantic League swingers to a .233 batting average.
Winston-Salem and Frederick meet in a rubber match today at 5:00 p.m. Pre-game begins at 4:45 here. Talk to you then.
It has been a busy day here in Winston-Salem. From the promotions of Jake Petricka and Carlos Sanchez to Double-A Birmingham to Brent Morel’s rehab assignment to the White Sox trade with Houston to Keenyn Walker’s great High-A debut, there is plenty to chat about here with the Dash.
The main man to talk about all of this is Winston skipper Tommy Thompson. Here’s my conversation with him about all of these topics and much more. It is a MUST listen.
Brent Morel will continue his rehab assignment tonight at BB&T Ballpark. Morel will play at third base and lead off for the Dash, and he is expected to play three innings.
Prior to the game, Morel took some swings in the batting cage. Check out Morel’s progression from his back injury below.
As we just released, big league third baseman Brent Morel is here in Winston-Salem for a rehab assignment. We had a chance to catch up with Morel prior to the game, and you can hear that interview below.
Keep it locked here for continuing coverage on Morel’s rehab stint with the Dash.
It is an exciting day here in Winston-Salem with big league third baseman Brent Morel set to start a rehab assignment with the Dash. Morel played in Winston-Salem during the 2009 season and was with the White Sox for the 2011 exhibition with the Dash, so he is familiar with the area.
Morel hit .281 with 16 homers and 79 RBI in 128 games during the first season of the “Dash” and the final go-around at Ernie Shore Field.
Morel was a staple on the Dash’s playoff team in 2009. (Photo by Cristine Maybourne/W-S Dash)
Morel flashed some great leather at third base while in Winston-Salem. (Photo by Josh Humphries/W-S Dash)
Morel with former Winston skipper Joe McEwing (Photo by Josh Humphries/W-S Dash).
A pair of big leaguers here, Morel and Atlanta Braves slugger Jason Heyward, then a member of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Photo by Cristine Maybourne/W-S Dash).
Morel signing some autographs while in Winston-Salem (Photo by Cristine Maybourne/W-S Dash).
Morel during an interview prior to the Dash-White Sox exhibition in 2011 (Photo by Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).
Morel takes the field during pre-game introductions in 2011 (Photo by Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).
The White Sox opened up the 2012 exhibition slate with a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers yesterday afternoon. Here are some notes and numbers from the game that intrigue me.
- In all, 19 position players and seven pitchers appeared for the White Sox. As a result, plenty of former Winston-Salem players saw some action.
- Three former Dash hurlers combined to toss four shutout innings. Addison Reed, a September call up last year, worked a perfect fourth inning. Sure, it was spring training, but the young righty had to face Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the frame. Hector Santiago, who made a pair of appearances in the bigs last year, impressed with a scoreless seventh and eighth. And Charles Leesman, who very well could open 2012 in Triple-A Charlotte, worked around a walk in the ninth.
- Santiago, fellow Winston-Salem alum Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart are in the mix for one of the final few spots in the White Sox bullpen, that according to Chris Silva of ESPNChicago.com. Pitching coach Don Cooper hopes to find a few guys who can pitch more than one inning, and all three of these men project as solid hopefuls in that type of role in the middle innings. While spring training efforts aren’t all that important to guys like Paul Konerko or A.J. Pierzynski, this trio will have plenty on the line during the month of March.
- Offensively, six former Winston whackers (I stole this phrase from former “Voice of the Dash,” Alex Vispoli. I hope he doesn’t mind!) appeared in the spring training showdown. Jared Mitchell doubled and scored in his 1-for-2 effort. Brent Morel started at third base and also went 1-for-2. Jim Gallagher scored twice, once as a pinch runner and once following a walk. Mike Blanke, Jordan Danks, and Eduardo Escobar combined to go 0-for-4.
- 2010 Dash alum Chris Sale will start for the Sox Friday against their city rivals, the Cubs. According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, Sale does not have any special restrictions because of his age and experience level. The 22-year-old threw 22 pitches in an intrasquad game Saturday, 15 of which were strikes.
- Chicago is back in action this afternoon at 3:05 ET against the kings of the offseason, the Los Angeles Angels. Left-hander John Danks will make his 2012 Cactus League debut for the Sox.
- Baseball is back at BB&T Ballpark tonight at 6:30 with the beginning of our amateur baseball program. Forsyth Country Day, a state champion last year, squares off with Carver. Check out the full schedule here.
- Stay tuned for some exciting news about Bolt. Let’s just say that “March Madness” will not be reserved for college basketball teams this year.
- Finally, I’m excited to be a part of a media forum today at BB&T Ballpark. Several members of the media will discuss some candidates for the 2012 Honorary Coach of the Year honor. There are certainly many viable candidates.
The regular season starts in exactly one month. Hard to believe it is almost here. I can’t wait to be in Zebulon for the Mudcats and the Dash April 6! Have a great day.
Let’s rewind to September 28, 2011. It was 160 days ago, and the White Sox’s 2011 season came to an end with a 3-2 loss at home against the Blue Jays.
Since then, the White Sox lost their most recognizable face–manager Ozzie Guillen–to the Miami Marlins. Arguably their most consistent player in the last decade–left-handed starter Mark Buehrle–followed Guillen to South Beach.
This afternoon at 3:05 ET, the Sox begin a new era under first-time skipper Robin Ventura. 160 days after the 2011 season ended, the White Sox are back on the field against their Camelback Ranch buddies, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The White Sox have 59 players in Spring Training at this point, and 19 of them made a stop at some point in Winston-Salem. Here’s a list:
- Dylan Axelrod (2009 and 2010)
- Anthony Carter (2008 and 2009)
- Gregory Infante (2009 and 2010)
- Nate Jones (2008, 2009, and 2010)
- Charles Leesman (2010)
- Brian Omogrosso (2007)*
- Jake Petricka (2011)*
- Addison Reed (2011)
- Chris Sale (2010)
- Hector Santiago (2009, 2010, and 2011)
- Mike Blanke (2011)*
- Josh Phegley (2010)*
- Eduardo Escobar (2010)
- Jim Gallagher (2009)*
- Tyler Kuhn (2009)*
- Brent Morel (2009)
- Jordan Danks (2009)*
- Jared Mitchell (2011)*
- Brandon Short (2010)*
* = non-roster invitee
So, what’s the take away from this? Only three of the 19 players on this list played in Winston-Salem as Warthogs. It means that the 40-man roster is largely made up of free agent signings or trade acquisitions.
For example, seven of the nine offensive players above are non-roster invitees. The White Sox’s 40-man roster is loaded with offensive pieces that were developed, to some extent, outside the organization.
However, this is an exciting time for the prospects in White Sox camp. With the change in scenery, this could be a new era, and any production from the organization’s youth will be a huge bonus. The Dash have provided a solid chunk of that youth in the Chicago’s system.
Over the next few days, we will take a look at these 19 players and what their expectations are during camp. Let us know in the comments which former Winston-Salem players you think will make the 25-man roster when the big league club heads to Arlington for Opening Day against the Rangers April 6. It’s 32 days away!