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Game #72 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #72 – Road Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (1-0, 31-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-1, 33-38)
Friday, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jordan Guerrero pitched into the ninth inning and the Dash led wire-to-wire Thursday to knock off the Hillcats 5-4. Winston-Salem has now won three straight road contests.

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Not only did Guerrero post a new career-high in innings, but he also became the first Winston-Salem starter to pitch more than eight innings since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro took a no-hitter into the ninth at Frederick before settling for a complete game shutout. Guerrero fell two outs short of becoming the seventh Winston pitcher in the Dash era (2009-present) to toss nine innings in a single game.
  • For just the second time this season, the Dash have rattled off three consecutive road victories. The other such surge took place from April 24-26, when the Dash rallied for a four-game series win at Myrtle Beach. This most recent mini-streak has immediately followed an eight-game road skid, the longest for the franchise since 2006. That funk included a four-game sweep at the hands of the Hillcats from June 5-7. The Dash are 14-22 on the road, which is the second-worst mark in the Carolina League.
  • Several Dash players find themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and third in runs scored (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is fifth in batting average (.303). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is first in wins (8) and sixth in earned run average (2.77).
  • For a third straight half, Winston-Salem earned a win in the opener. The Dash blasted Salem 12-4 to begin last year’s second half before obliterating Frederick to kick off this season. Before this recent uptick, the Dash had dropped five half lid-lifters in a row. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem is 6-8 to begin the half.
  • Dash utility man Toby Thomas logged another strong showing on Thursday. Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI, his sixth at the High-A level. Thomas has hit safely in 11 of his first 14 games within the Carolina League. Of his 15 base hits, nine of them have gone for extra bases (seven doubles, one triple and one home run). Plus, the Alabama native has produced well despite playing in both the infield and outfield and hitting anywhere from sixth to ninth in the lineup.
  • Former Dash infielder Carlos Sanchez carried the White Sox past Detroit on Thursday with a three-run triple in the 10th inning of an 8-7 win on Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 24-10 (.706) when scoring more than three runs.
  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer posted a quality start in his only appearance against Lynchburg on May 27 (6.0 IP, 3 R, 5 H), which did result in a loss for both the Dash and Leyer.
  • Despite the series-opening win on Thursday night, the Dash are just 10-25 (.286) in Lynchburg since the start of the 2012 season. This does not include a pair of losses in the Mills Cup Finals in 2012.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

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

Baseball returns in…

Two months.

Today is February 16. Opening Night at BB&T Ballpark is April 16.

With those two months to go, the ballpark is buzzing with activity, as is Glendale, Ariz., the site of White Sox Spring Training.

Sox pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Friday, while the first full-team workout is next Tuesday, February 24.

There are many former Winston-Salem stars who will be focal points of Spring Training, whether they are trying to grab the attention of the big league club or even attempting to break camp with the team. Scott Merkin, the excellent beat writer on WhiteSox.com, compiled a list of potential impact prospects for the club in 2015. Through this list, it is very clear that the White Sox farm system is the strongest it has been in several years.

The impact from some of those players will come within the Minor Leagues, but Jim Callis expands upon those who could register important time in Chicago.

Carlos Sanchez will need to rely on his glove in order to overcome Micah Johnson and win the White Sox second base spot (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Carlos Sanchez will need to rely on his glove in order to overcome Micah Johnson and win the White Sox second base spot (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Second base is the most important and intriguing Spring Training battle, and it likely features a pair of former Winston-Salem studs. Carlos Sanchez and Micah Johnson are about as even as two young players can be at this stage in regards to a starting slot in the big leagues. Both are within the top 10 of every White Sox prospect list. Both have skills that tantalize and flaws that worry the White Sox.

If you are a fan of defense, then Sanchez is the candidate for you. However, if you are looking for offensive upside, Johnson will gain your vote. It will be a fascinating debate that may stretch into April.

Both of those men have already reported to Glendale, along with some other notable names. Per this report from Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, around 25 players have already arrived to Spring Training.

This group includes left-hander Carlos Rodon, who has already been in Glendale for more than a week, Courtney Hawkins, Jared Mitchell, Keenyn Walker and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu.

The vibes around the organization are as positive and optimistic as they have been in the last few years, and the fun begins in Arizona shortly.

Stay tuned to the blog for more updates as Spring Training rolls along.

– Brian

FutureSox recognizes 18 former Dash stars

Carlos Rodon is the White Sox top prospect, per FutureSox.com (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carlos Rodon is the White Sox top prospect, per FutureSox.com (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

With Spring Training quickly approaching, the writers at FutureSox have compiled their Top 30 White Sox prospects, 18 of whom have played in Winston-Salem at some point.

The 2014 version of the Dash boasted 11 of the top 30, including four of the Sox five best prospects, per FutureSox. The full countdown and a description of each farmhand are available here (1-15) and here (16-30).

Here are the 18 Dash alumni on the list, with the members of the 2014 roster in italics.

1. LHP Carlos Rodon
2. INF Tim Anderson
3. RHP Frank Montas
5. RHP Tyler Danish
6. INF Micah Johnson
7. OF Courtney Hawkins
8. INF Carlos Sanchez
9. INF Trey Michalczewski
11. RHP Chris Beck
14. OF Jacob May
15. INF Cleuluis Rondon
16. INF Tyler Saladino
17. OF Trayce Thompson
20. INF Keon Barnum
21. C Kevan Smith
24. OF Adam Engel
27. INF Andy Wilkins
28. RHP Mike Recchia

A few thoughts:

  • It should come as no surprise that Rodon checks in as the top prospect. He will almost certainly be atop every White Sox prospect list in advance of the 2015 season. Last week, MLBPipeline.com named Rodon the second-best southpaw prospect in the Minors.
  • This time last season, both Danish and Montas were viewed as prospects, but not as the elite-level Minor League arms that they became in 2014. In Winston-Salem last year, the duo combined to go 9-3 with a 2.23 earned run average in 28 starts. There are still doubters, but both men continue to climb the Minor League ladder and collect more believers.
  • Michalczewski figures to be the highest-ranked prospect to begin the 2015 season with the Dash. After enjoying significant success in Low-A Kannapolis, the White Sox sent the 19-year-old to Winston-Salem. Michalczewski hit just .194 in 19 games, but he did show some flashes of his noticeable talent, including his three-hit, three-RBI showing in that playoff-like final home Friday game against Carolina.
  • Another likely returnee is Rondon, who continues to wow people with his glove. He held his own at the plate in Winston-Salem (.247) over 53 games, the majority of which featured him in the two-hole.
  • It is great to see someone like Recchia on this list. The former Minor League free agent zoomed through CL offenses before jumping to Double-A Birmingham, where he performed well. His story is fascinating. His personality is great. Now, his status as a true prospect in the system is starting to show.

The Dash’s 2015 season begins in exactly 70 days. Stay tuned for more information as Opening Day approaches.

– Brian

FutureSox releases prospect list

Two weeks ago, Baseball America released its Top 10 White Sox prospect list. While this list is one of the most well-regarded compilations nationally, our friends at FutureSox put together the best list on the internet among White Sox-only sites. FutureSox’s preseason Top 25 is out, and the Dash are well represented.

Of Chicago’s 25 best prospects, a whopping 13 have played in Winston-Salem at some point in their minor league career. This number includes eight alums in the Top 12.

I encourage you to check out the entire list, which includes justification for the top 10 players. Here is the placement of the 13 former Dash players:

2. RHP Erik Johnson
4. INF Marcus Semien
6. OF Courtney Hawkins
7. RHP Chris Beck
9. INF Micah Johnson
10. OF Trayce Thompson
11. RHP Daniel Webb
12. INF Carlos Sanchez
15. RHP Jake Petricka
16. LHP Scott Snodgress
18. RHP Chris Bassitt
21. INF Rangel Ravelo
23. RHP Myles Jaye

A few notes from this list:

  • If it weren’t for the signing of Cuban slugger Jose Abreu, Erik Johnson would be the top prospect. The exciting thing for White Sox fans is that both should be in Chicago in April.
  • It has been quite a 12-month period for Marcus Semien. At this point last year, he was coming off a solid season in Winston-Salem. Very few people could have predicted his quick rise near the top of the Sox prospect rankings, but he was one of the hardest workers I have seen in my two seasons here in Winston-Salem. I’m thrilled for him.
  • This time last year, Carlos Sanchez was the hot prospect. Sure, he did not wow in 2013, but the Venezuela native is still only 21 years old. He is still a legitimate prospect in the system despite coming back to earth a bit in 2013.
  • I’m happy to see Chris Bassitt appear on a prospect list. I think people were waiting to see if his strong end to the 2012 season as a starting pitcher would carry over into last season, and it certainly did. He should also appear on Baseball America’s Top 30 rankings, which will come out later this offseason.
  • Do not be surprised to see both Rangel Ravelo and Myles Jaye continue to climb from the low 20s. Both had strong efforts in 2013, and if they can find similar success in Double-A, they will garner even more praise.

As always, thanks to the guys at FutureSox. Matt Cassidy, one of the site’s main writers, visited Winston-Salem late last season and compiled some great videos. They do a great job with their coverage, and I encourage you to check out all their content here.

The first 2014 White Sox prospect list

Micah Johnson is one of six newcomers on Baseball America's White Sox Top 10 Prospects list (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Speedster Micah Johnson is one of six newcomers on Baseball America’s White Sox Top 10 Prospects list (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Baseball America is, in many ways, the bible of baseball prospects. Few publications examine Minor League Baseball more thoroughly than Baseball America, which has released its 2014 White Sox Top 10 Prospect list.

Over the last few seasons, Baseball America has been critical of the White Sox system, but the publication believes that the system is making significant progress:

For the first time since at least 2000, when the White Sox had the game’s No. 2 farm system, the organization has prospect depth.

How can one best illustrate this depth? Let’s take a look at Baseball America’s Top 10 list from this time last year and compare it to this year’s.

2013 White Sox Top 10:
1. OF Courtney Hawkins
2. OF Trayce Thompson
3. INF Carlos Sanchez
4. RHP Erik Johnson
5. OF Keenyn Walker
6. LHP Scott Snodgress
7. RHP Andre Rienzo
8. INF Keon Barnum
9. OF Jared Mitchell
10. RHP Chris Beck

2014 White Sox Top 10:
1. INF Jose Abreu
2. RHP Erik Johnson
3. INF Tim Anderson
4. INF Matt Davidson
5. INF Marcus Semien
6. INF Micah Johnson
7. OF Courtney Hawkins
8. OF Trayce Thompson
9. RHP Chris Beck
10. OF Jacob May

Only four members of the 2013 list appear on this year’s edition. This reflects the benefits of the transactions the White Sox have made much more than the struggles of a few of these players over the last 12 months.

Not only have these players impressed the White Sox and other baseball people, but many of them have produced at or near the top of the organization. Three of the current Top 10 have played in the big leagues, with Jose Abreu likely to play much of next season on the South Side. Excluding Abreu, only Tim Anderson and Jacob May have yet to play in High-A, and both could start in Winston-Salem in 2014.

Beyond the Top 10 rankings, Baseball America’s “Best Tools” and “Top 15 Players 25 and Under” lists, which can also be viewed here, feature more of Chicago’s minor league depth.

The White Sox had a tough 2013 in The Show, but the farm system should instill plenty of hope in the fan base for 2014 and beyond.

– Brian

Sanchez, Thompson added to 40-man roster

Highly-touted prospect Trayce Thompson is now on the Sox 40-man roster (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Highly-touted prospect Trayce Thompson is now on the Sox 40-man roster (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Two Dash alumni have joined the White Sox 40-man roster. Infielder Carlos Sanchez and Trayce Thompson, key contributors during the Dash’s magical 2012 season, have joined the top group in Chicago’s organization.

For those who are unclear why this is so important, only the 40 players in this group can appear in the big leagues. Inclusion on a 40-man roster also promises a higher salary.

Sanchez spent his 2013 campaign with Triple-A Charlotte after a breakout 2012 throughout three levels of the system. The Venezuela native hit .241 with 28 RBIs, 50 runs scored and 16 stolen bases with the Knights. A year ago, Sanchez helped the Dash win a first-half division crown while finishing with the best qualifying batting average in the Carolina League.

Thompson was an everyday outfielder on Double-A Birmingham’s championship team this year. The former second-round pick posted a .229 average to go along with 15 homers and 73 RBIs with the Barons. He shared the CL’s home run lead (24) while spending much of the 2012 season in Winston-Salem.

Both prospects have participated in the Venezuelan Winter League with Tiburones de La Guaira this offseason, and Sanchez has been one of the club’s best hitters.

Congratulations to both Carlos and Trayce on the accomplishment! Both will be on the White Sox radar in the coming years, and this is an important step in that process.

– Brian

Three Dash players among Sox top 20 prospects

Courtney Hawkins has retained the top spot in MLB's rankings in his first full season in pro ball (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Courtney Hawkins has retained the top spot in MLB’s White Sox rankings (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

With the season roughly three-quarters of the way complete, MLBPipeline.com released its updated top 20 Chicago White Sox prospects yesterday. Three current Winston-Salem players are among the Top 20:

1. OF Courtney Hawkins – .191, 18 HR, 51 RBI, 69 games
6. RHP Chris Beck – 9-8, 3.01 ERA, 101.2 IP, 50 K, 18 starts
16. INF Micah Johnson – .326, 6 RBIs, 12 R, 10 SB, 21 games

The list also includes 10 former Winston-Salem players. This includes RHP Daniel Webb (#18), who started the year in the Triad before quickly ascending all the way to Triple-A Charlotte by mid-June.

MLBPipeline.com’s rankings also feature seven players from the 2012 version of the Dash that posted the best record in all of full-season Minor League Baseball. Those seven are RHP Erik Johnson (#2), OF Trayce Thompson (#4), INF Marcus Semien (#9), INF Carlos Sanchez (#10), LHP Scott Snodgress (#12), OF Keenyn Walker (#14) and RHP Andre Rienzo (#17).  Rienzo, who fired a no-hitter earlier this week, also spent his entire 2011 campaign with Winston-Salem.

In addition to Rienzo, the 2011 version of the Dash have another alum in the top 20, with OF Jared Mitchell (#11), who is currently with Double-A Birmingham, making the list.

The first Dash team to play at BB&T Ballpark (2010) has one member on the list in C Josh Phegley (#5). Earlier this month, Phegley became the 13th Dash alum to make it to the big leagues.

The Dash and Carolina Mudcats conclude their series tonight at 7. Check back later for a preview of this evening’s contest.

– Rob

The trade deadline’s possible ramifications

Will the White Sox become sellers as the trade deadline approaches?

Will the White Sox become sellers as the trade deadline approaches?

After contending through the 2012 season, the Chicago White Sox had reason to believe that they could again be in the hunt in 2013 without significant changes. So far, however, things have not gone as planned for the South Siders. They enter Tuesday with a five-game losing streak, dropping them to a record of 32-47, which is the worst in the American League Central Division.

As a result, many have labeled Chicago as sellers as the MLB non-waiver trade deadline approaches at the end of the month. Over the next several weeks, we will see a whirlwind of rumors floating around regarding the Sox and the trade deadline, which is 4 p.m. EST on July 31. We decided to check in on the White Sox to see who has been rumored to be available and how that could affect the whole organization.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIP: OF Alex Rios 

Background: Rios had a career year in 2012, hitting .304 with 25 home runs and 91 RBIs. While he has not had quite the same year this year, he has still been one of the most consistent hitters in a lineup that ranks near the bottom of the league in most major offensive categories. The 32-year-old would also be attractive to suitors because his contract has him locked in until the end of next season and also includes a club option for the 2015 season. Rios does have a limited no-trade clause that could hamper a deal, but, per ESPNChicago’s Bruce Levine, he would likely wave it to move to a contender.

What a deal could meanWith the extra years of team control that Rios offers, Chicago could net themselves a much better haul of prospects than they would have if Rios was just a rental whose contract expired at the end of the season. With the White Sox farm system ranked 29th by Baseball America, a few prime prospects here could help replenish some talent throughout the minor leagues. At the major league level, a Rios deal could mean everyday playing time for young Jordan Danks, who has been used mostly as the team’s fourth outfielder since he was promoted in late April.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIP: RHP Jake Peavy

Background: While Peavy is currently recovering from a broken rib and has not pitched in nearly a month, the righty had been one of the best pitchers on the staff outside of ace Chris Sale before landing on the shelf. While he almost definitely won’t get traded while on the disabled list, if he can come back shortly after the All-Star break like the White Sox are hoping he can and pitches well, he would be an attractive starter for many contenders.

2012 alum Erik Johnson has been excellent at Double-A and Triple-A this year, making him a candidate for a promotion to Chicago soon (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

2012 alum Erik Johnson has been excellent at Double-A and Triple-A this year, making him a candidate for a promotion to Chicago (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

What a deal could meanLike Rios, Peavy is under team control for at least the 2014 season and has a player option for the 2015 season. Front end starters don’t hit the market often, especially with multiple years still on their contract, and the former Cy Young Award winner could bring back some high-end talent should he be moved. If this trade goes down, a possible candidate for Peavy’s spot in the rotation is 2012 Dash alum Erik Johnson. The former second round pick was recently moved up from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte and is a combined 9-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 97.2 innings with the Barons and Knights this season. The way he has pitched this year, he certainly deserves a chance at the big league level at some point this season, especially if a member of the rotation is traded to a contender.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIP: RHP Jesse Crain 

Background: The right-hander has easily been one of the best relievers in all of baseball in 2013, sporting a microscopic 0.74 ERA as the primary set up man in front of closer and Dash alum Addison Reed. The veteran is a free agent at season’s end, and it makes little sense to keep him on board when several contending teams could use another arm to solidify their bullpen.

Daniel Webb started the year in Winston-Salem but now is coming out of the bullpen for Triple-A Charlotte (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Daniel Webb started the year in Winston-Salem but now is coming out of the bullpen for Triple-A Charlotte (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

What a deal could meanWhile trading him may not necessarily fetch a bunch of highly regarded prospects, dealing Crain would open up a spot at the back of the bullpen where the White Sox could end up trying Dash alum Nate Jones in higher leverage innings in front of Reed. The second-year righty struggled at the beginning of the season but has been much better of late with six straight scoreless outings. With a bullpen spot open, maybe 2013 Dash alum Daniel Webb could earn a look? Webb has been solid throughout much of the season after beginning here in the Carolina League. Either way, someone would earn the jump to the big leagues, and there are plenty of notable Dash alums in Birmingham and Charlotte’s bullpen who could have a chance.

POSSIBLE TRADE CHIP: SS Alexei Ramirez

Background: While Ramirez hasn’t shown the power the last few seasons that he showed in his first few seasons with the White Sox, he is hitting .280 this season while still playing shortstop at a high level. Quality starting shortstops seem to be among the rarest available commodities come trade season, which could mean good things for the South Siders if they decide to shop Ramirez.

Carlos Sanchez could be called up to the majors if Alexei Ramirez is traded this month (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Carlos Sanchez could be called up to the majors if Alexei Ramirez is traded this month (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

What a deal could mean: As we mentioned with Rios and Peavy, the Cuba native offers multiple years of team control, with an option as far out as 2016. A few good prospects could come Chicago’s way in a deal here, and it could mean the major league debut for Carlos Sanchez. However, Sanchez has struggled a bit in 2013, hitting only .237 for Triple-A Charlotte. However, he was on the fast track to the big leagues last season, and he is bound for a turnaround.

Whatever moves the White Sox do decide to make, if any, over the next few weeks, it will be interesting to see what impact they will have not only on their roster but throughout the rest of the organization, especially on some Dash-turned-Barons or Dash-turned-Knights.

Stay tuned for the preview of today’s middle match of the Dash’s series with Potomac, coming up later this afternoon.

– Rob

One day away

If you follow the Dash on Twitter and Instagram (and if you don’t…what are you waiting for?), you already know that we have been counting down the days until Opening Day at BB&T Ballpark. Finally, that countdown has reached one, with Opening Day tomorrow night at 7 against Carolina. Here are some of the notable numbers from the countdown.

100: The countdown began with this picture on a fairly nice day in early January, 100 days from Opening Day.

100

88: At the 88 day mark, we highlighted last year’s Carolina League MVP Dan Black, who posted 88 RBIs for the Dash in 2012.

Dash fans set a single-game attendance record for BB&T Ballpark on July 4, 2012.

Dash fans set a single-game attendance record for BB&T Ballpark on July 4, 2012.

72: On July 4th, 2012, the Dash welcomed a single-game record 7,285 fans into BB&T Ballpark for their game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

55: Coming into this season, the Dash have posted a winning percentage of .554 (317-255) in the regular season and playoffs since they became the Dash prior to the 2009 season.

38: Dash outfielder Courtney Hawkins played 38 games for the Bristol White Sox before earning a promotion to Kannapolis and later to Winston-Salem for the end of the regular season and Carolina League playoffs.

25: Twice in the last two seasons, the Dash have been 25 games above .500 at BB&T Ballpark. In 2010, they were 47-22, and last season the club went 48-23.

Kevan Smith hit two huge home runs in the 2012 CL playoffs (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

Kevan Smith hit two huge home runs in the 2012 CL playoffs (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

21: Last year, the Dash’s #21, Kevan Smith, hit two home runs in the Carolina League playoffs, including a grand slam in the deciding game of the SDCS against Myrtle Beach.

9: BB&T Ballpark has hosted nine playoff games since it opened in 2010. The Dash have a record of 6-3 in those games.

5: The Dash had five postseason Carolina League All-Stars last season; Dan Black, Michael Earley, Carlos Sanchez, Brady Shoemaker and Trayce Thompson.

1: We have the number one fans in Minor League Baseball. Since opening BB&T Ballpark, almost one million fans have seen a Dash game in the Triad. Our total attendance since 2010 is the tops in High-A baseball. Our final countdown went out to all of you.

Tomorrow night, BB&T Ballpark opens it gates for the first time in 2013 as the Dash take on the Carolina Mudcats at 7! But before we get to that, the Dash have one more in Frederick tonight. Join Brian for the Pregame Dash at 6:45 here.

– Rob

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