Results tagged ‘ Carolina League ’
Previous Top 10 Moments:
#10: Dash clinch winning record
#9: Comeback in Delaware
#8: 17 runs in six innings
#7: Buckner sets RBIs record
#6: Attendance record on July 4
#5: Beck, Blough toss gems
#4: Four alumni jump to MLB
Moment #3 – August 29
Four alumni promoted to big leagues
After the 2010 season, the Braves released Chris Curley. The Kentucky native remained in professional baseball by signing with the independent Florence Freedom in his home state. During the 2011 season, Curley thrived in the Frontier League but was disappointed when no affiliated organization called.
Curley admitted that he stopped worried about rejoining Minor League Baseball in 2012. He just played for the love of the game. Sure enough, he did get another chance with the White Sox in early July, and his good work with Kannapolis in the regular season and Winston-Salem in the playoffs earned him a spot on the Dash’s 2013 roster. Curley rewarded the organization with the best season of his career.
By themselves, Curley’s offensive numbers are tremendous:
.280, 24 HR, 92 RBI, 149 H, 251 TB, 90 R, 14 SB
When comparing those statistics to his peers, one has to be even more impressed. Curley led the Carolina League in homers, RBIs, runs, total bases and hits. In all of High-A baseball, which includes the offensive-heavy California League, the Campbellsville University product was sixth in homers, tied for sixth in RBIs, tied for sixth in total bases, tied for seventh in runs and ninth in hits.
There is no question that Curley was the most complete offensive performer in the Carolina League in 2013, and managers, general managers and media members voted him the circuit’s Most Valuable Player. Not only was this honor an incredible one for Curley, but it was a landmark achievement for the Dash’s franchise as well.
Curley’s efforts yielded Winston-Salem’s third consecutive MVP award. The Dash became the fourth organization in CL history to boast the league’s top honor in three straight seasons, which is one shy of the league record (Lynchburg, 1983-86).
Last year, Dan Black hit .315 with 17 home runs and 88 RBIs en route to the MVP. Black helped the Dash post the best regular season record in full-season Minor League Baseball. Ian Gac began the impressive streak in 2011. Gac went yard 33 times, two homers shy of the single-season Winston-Salem record, and drove in 96 RBIs.
Another year, another league MVP for the Dash. Curley was a stabilizing force within the Dash’s lineup, and he was rewarded for his efforts.
Check out the Dash Top 10 tomorrow for our second-best moment of 2013. It was a BB&T Ballpark first. Talk to you then.
Last season, Winston-Salem and Lynchburg emerged from winner-take-all Game 3s in the semifinals to punch their tickets to the Mills Cup Finals. Here in 2013, both Division Championship Series concluded in Game 2, but the playoffs have been packed with drama.
All four Carolina League playoff games have been decided in the last at-bat for the winning club. Plus, the margin was higher than one run at the start of only three of the 43 innings thus far this postseason.
Salem won a pair of 10-inning games over Myrtle Beach to clinch its first trip to the Mills Cup Finals since 2009, while the Pelicans lost in the Southern Division Championship Series for the third straight season.
In the Northern Division, Potomac rallied in the ninth inning of Game 1 before nipping Lynchburg in the 14th. One night later, the P-Nats walked off with a 3-2 win in the last of the ninth. Thus, Potomac can win its first CL crown since 2010. On the flip side, Lynchburg could not become the first franchise to repeat as Carolina League champions since 1999-2000 (Myrtle Beach).
While the Red Sox and P-Nats were advancing in the CL postseason, some Dash alumni shined elsewhere in Minor League Baseball’s postseason.
- Last season, Chris Bassitt pitched the Dash to the Mills Cup Finals with a seven-inning gem. Yesterday, the righty went seven innings and punched out nine Smokies in Double-A Birmingham’s 3-1 win over Tennessee in Game 1 of the Southern League North Division Series.
- Behind Bassitt’s huge effort, Trayce Thompson went yard and drove home two runs, and Cody Winiarski earned the save. In Game 2 of this best-of-five set, Chris Beck toes the rubber for the Barons tonight.
- Veteran Cyle Hankerd, who was a key cog in the Dash’s offense a year ago, came up with the hit of the season for the Arkansas Travelers, the Angels’ Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. Hankerd’s three-run blast in the top of the ninth broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Travs to a Game 2 victory over the Tulsa Drillers in the TL’s North Division Series. Hankerd and the Travelers now have a 2-0 series lead with the next three games all at home.
We will keep you posted on the MiLB playoffs throughout the month here on the Dash Board blog!
Game #139 – Road Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (32-36, 70-68) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (29-39, 62-76)
Sunday, September 1 – 1:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)
The Dash have dropped back-to-back games since their 10-game winning streak. Winston-Salem seeks to clinch a winning record this afternoon in Delaware.
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Jeremy Farrell – DH
Chris Curley – 3B
Mark Haddow – RF
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Josh Richmond – LF
Grant Buckner – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Jake Brown – SS
Bryan Blough – RHP
- The White Sox announced that right-hander Myles Jaye was promoted to Double-A Birmingham this afternoon. Jaye was 9-6 with a 4.11 earned run average in 20 starts with the Dash. The Fayatteville, Ga., native began the season with Low-A Kannapolis and boasted a 2.20 ERA.
- Jaye recorded 13 quality starts in his 20 efforts with Winston-Salem. In his final two High-A showings, he twirled 14 scoreless innings against the Potomac Nationals, who own the CL’s best overall record.
- Winston-Salem can clinch the fourth winning season during the five-year Dash era with one more triumph. The lone losing season by the Dash came in 2011 when Winston-Salem went 69-71.
- Dash catcher Kevan Smith is hitting .444 (16-for-36) in his 10 starts over Winston’s last 12 games, during which the club is 10-2. Smith has a pair of homers and 10 RBIs in the midst of this hot streak. The former Pittsburgh Panther leads all CL catchers and is sixth overall with 73 RBIs.
- With their loss Saturday, the Dash guaranteed a losing month of August (14-15), which included a 10-game winning streak and an eight-game skid. Winston-Salem has suffered consecutive losing months after stringing together nine months with more wins than losses.
- Still, the Dash have only recorded two months with a mark more than one game below .500 over the last three years, while Winston-Salem has logged 20 victorious months in 29 tries during the Dash era (2009-present).
- Winston-Salem starter Bryan Blough will make the final start of his breakout 2013 season. Blough leads all High-A hurlers with 165.2 innings pitched, a total that is good for a share of sixth place in all of Minor League Baseball.
- In the Carolina League, Blough enjoys a 17-inning lead on Frederick’s Zach Davies for the top spot in innings. Blough, who recorded his first career nine-inning complete game shutout in his last outing six days ago over Myrtle Beach, can become the first CL hurler to collect his 12th win.
The Pregame Dash kicks off at 1:20 p.m., and fans can listen live here throughout the afternoon.
Winston-Salem infielder Chris Curley has won the Carolina League’s Most Valuable Player award for 2013. You can get all the details on Curley’s accomplishment here. This is the third straight year that the MVP trophy is coming to Winston-Salem!
Below, Curley talks about the award, his season and the White Sox minor league depth
Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox called up infield prospect Xander Bogaerts from their Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, making him the fourth player that played in the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game at BB&T Ballpark to make it to The Show. Here are the four who have made it to the majors so far:
INF Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Bogaerts had a very good first half of the season last year, posting a .293 average with nine home runs and 42 RBIs. Used primarily as a shortstop, he also shined on the defensive end to earn his spot as the starting shortstop for the Carolina League, one of three representatives of the Salem Red Sox to start for the CL. The Aruba native went 0-for-2 in the contest before he was replaced by Nick Ahmed, who is now in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system.
This year, Bogaerts played for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic before starting the season with Double-A Portland, where he ended 2012. The 20-year-old hit .311 in 56 games with the Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, proving he was ready to head to Pawtucket in mid-June.
At the big league level, Bogaerts is expected to add depth to the left side of Boston’s infield. Per MLB.com’s Ian Browne, he will play some at shortstop and some at third base, a position he has played a little bit in the minors and the World Baseball Classic.
OF Jackie Bradley, Jr., Boston Red Sox
Bradley, Jr., was one of the other two Salem Red Sox to start in last year’s All-Star Game for the Carolina League, playing the entire game in center field. He went hitless but did score a run and drive in another in the CL’s 9-1 mauling of the California League. Bradley, Jr., had a scorching first half for Salem, hitting .359 to earn his All-Star spot and then a call-up to Double-A after the break. We caught up with him right before the jump to Double-A.
The former University of South Carolina Gamecock finished his season there before impressing in spring training enough to begin this season as the Red Sox Opening Day left fielder. Bradley, Jr., struggled in his first taste of big league action and was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket after a few weeks. He has been back up to Boston a few times since, but has not stuck with the big club for a long period of time yet.
RHP Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles
A first-round pick in 2011, Bundy started last year with Low-A Delmarva in the Baltimore system before quickly earning the bump up the to Orioles’ Carolina League affiliate in Frederick. The righty made just four starts for the Keys prior to the All-Star Game but was still selected and pitched a scoreless sixth inning in the game. Bundy was on the fast track and only made eight starts in the second half for Frederick before he was promoted to Double-A Bowie.
From there, Bundy logged just three appearances for the Baysox before he was called up to the majors, becoming the first player from the 2012 California-Carolina League All-Star Game to make his big league debut when he pitched against the Boston Red Sox on September 23, 2012. Unfortunately, the top pitching prospect in the Orioles’ organization hasn’t pitched in the majors or the minors at all this year due to injury. Bundy underwent Tommy John Surgery in late June and will not return until sometime in 2014.
INF Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners
The lone California League All-Star from last year to have made it to The Show, Miller represented the High Desert Mavericks in last year’s game. A first-round pick in 2011 by the Mariners, Miller earned his way to Winston-Salem with a .326 first-half average to go with nine long balls and 34 RBIs. He came into the game as a substitute and had a double and a walk in his two plate appearances.
The former Clemson University product ended 2012 and began 2013 in Double-A Jackson, while he eventually jumped to Triple-A Tacoma. Miller lasted only 26 games in the Pacific Coast League, raking to the tune of .356 before the Mariners called him up in late June. Since his promotion, he has been playing just about everyday, with the majority of his time spent at shortstop. Of the four, he is the only one to have stuck in the big leagues so far and earn an everyday starting job. With all the talent that was in that game, he surely will not be the only one to do so.
After snapping their eight-game slide last night, the Dash will look to earn a split of their four-game set at Harry Grove Stadium against the Keys tonight. Check back later today for a preview of the final regular season meeting between the two clubs.
Game #120 – Road Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (22-27, 60-59) at Lynchburg Hillcats (20-26, 55-59)
Tuesday, August 13 – 7:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field at Lynchburg City Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)
The Dash are in danger of the club’s second sweep since July of 2011 tonight in Lynchburg. Winston-Salem is also aiming to avoid reaching the .500 mark overall for the first time since May 30.
Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – 3B
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Rangel Ravelo – 1B
Mark Haddow – DH
Josh Richmond – RF
Grant Buckner – LF
Braulio Ortiz – RHP
- For the second straight series, Winston-Salem enters the finale without a victory in the set. The Dash, who squeeked past Salem 3-2 Saturday night to avoid a sweep, have only been swept once over their previous 93 series (April 5-7, 2013 at Carolina).
- During this span, which stretches back to July of 2011, Winston owns a CL-best 17 sweeps. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has failed to win at least one game in a series only eight times.
- Winston-Salem has dropped six of its last seven games, a run duplicated only once by the Dash over the last two seasons. The Dash also lost six of seven from May 4-12.
- If the Dash do not respond with a victory in the road trip finale Tuesday, Winston-Salem will post a multi-series road trip with only one victory for the first time since a 1-5 swing through Wilmington and Frederick from April 29-May 4 of 2011.
- With a hit tonight, Chris Curley will match the longest hitting streak by a Dash swinger in 2013. During his current 11-game hit streak, Curley is 15-for-44 (.341) with a homer, five RBIs and six runs scored.
- Winston-Salem leads the Carolina League in total runs (616) and runs per game (5.2), but the squad has mustered only 30 runs over its last 9 games, during which the Dash own a 2-7 record. During this slump, the Dash have not recorded more than five runs in any game, which is the second-longest such run this season.
The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m. and features a chat with Myles Jaye, who recorded his 11th quality start in 17 efforts with Winston-Salem this year. Fans can listen live throughout the night here.
With the All-Star Break coming to an end today, let’s take a look back at some of the sights and sounds of the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game.
Cali here we come! @WSDashBaseball
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) June 17, 2013
— Robby Hefflinger (@RHefflinger) June 18, 2013
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) June 18, 2013
— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) June 19, 2013
— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) June 19, 2013
Had an unbelievable time here in San Jose! Met some awesome new people and have got some memories to last a lifetime! But were outta here!! — Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) June 19, 2013
Very thankful and Grateful for everything this week. Carolina League came to California and just dominated. Congrats to everyone!
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) June 19, 2013
As Winston-Salem fans experienced last summer, the California-Carolina League All-Star Game is one of Minor League Baseball’s biggest and best events, and the Dash’s four All-Stars represented Winston well. Talk to you tomorrow for the start of the second half!
With the first half wrapping up on Sunday, the Southern Division race between the Winston-Salem Dash and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans is coming down to the wire. Currently, the Pelicans own a two-game lead over the Dash heading into the final series of the first half for each team.
The Pelicans play a five-game, four-day series against Carolina, while the Dash kick off a four-game set in Wilmington tonight. Myrtle Beach has a magic number of three, so here is what the Dash need to do to clinch a division title, based on the Pelicans’ six possible results this weekend:
- If Myrtle Beach goes 0-5, the Dash need to go 2-2
- If Myrtle Beach goes 1-4, the Dash need to go 3-1
- If Myrtle Beach goes 2-3, the Dash need to go 4-0
- If Myrtle Beach goes 3-2, 4-1 or 5-0, the Dash cannot finish in first place
So, with all the possibilities on the table, here is a closer look at both clubs’ final set of the first half.
Winston-Salem at Wilmington (Tonight-Sunday):
After sweeping the Blue Rocks at BB&T Ballpark last weekend, the Dash traveled up to Wilmington after last night’s game for a return trip. Winston is 9-1 against the Blue Crew in 2013, including a three-game sweep at Frawley Stadium from April 26-28. Wilmington was also the site of the Dash’s first-half clinch last year thanks to a 9-5 victory on June 16. Hopefully, there will be more celebrations on the field at Frawley Stadium this weekend.
Carolina at Myrtle Beach (Tonight-Sunday, Doubleheader on Saturday):
The final series of the first half for Myrtle Beach sees the Carolina League’s worst team, the Carolina Mudcats, travel to TicketReturn.com Field. The two teams will play a five-game series, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday due to a rain out on May 23. So far this season, the Pelicans are 8-1 against the Muddies and have won eight straight against them since dropping the season’s first meeting between the two clubs.
With five days remaining in the first half, the Dash are one game behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.
Game #66 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
Wednesday, June 12 – 7 p.m.
Current Position: 2nd (1.0 GB)
Winston-Salem plays its final home game of the first half tonight at 7 against the Lynchburg Hillcats. One night after spoiling a five-run lead, the Dash rebounded with a 7-2 win over the ‘Cats on Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash kept pace with first-place Myrtle Beach, who edged Frederick 5-4 for its fifth consecutive win.
Winston-Salem – RHP Chris Beck (6-6, 2.79 ERA): Beck makes his final start of the first half on Wednesday before representing the Dash in the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game. The righty is only five days removed from his first career complete game and the second nine-inning complete game shutout in the Dash era (2009-present). Beck is sixth in the league in earned run average, and he can tie Lynchburg’s Navery Moore for the league lead in wins tonight. Against Lynchburg this season, Beck has allowed five earned runs in 12.1 innings over two starts, both of which have been losses.
Lynchburg – RHP Greg Ross (2-3, 4.26 ERA): Ross began the campaign as a reliever with Low-A Rome, where he allowed just three earned runs in 19.1 innings (1.40 ERA). He climbed to the High-A level for the first time in early May to join Lynchburg’s rotation. His last two starts have both resulted in losses, during which he has allowed 11 runs in just nine innings of action. He has never pitched against the Dash in his minor league career.
- Winston-Salem is 7-1 in its last eight home games dating back to May 31. In those eight games, the Dash are averaging 7.8 runs per game. Only Potomac (22) owns more home victories than Winston-Salem (21) thus far this season.
- With a 1-for-4 effort on Tuesday, Joey DeMichele extended his hitting streak to 11 games. During this run, he is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with three RBIs and seven runs scored. Dating back to May 26, he has hit safely in 17 of 19 games and raised his overall batting average 61 points to .248.
- DeMichele is the fourth Winston-Salem hitter to put together a hitting streak of 10 or more games, a claim that no other CL club can make. His run is tied with Mark Haddow (April 6-18) and Rangel Ravelo (May 3-28) for the longest hitting streak by a Dash hitter in 2013.
- The Dash dropped to a league-worst 1-8 on Monday with their series-opening loss two days ago, while Winston improved to 8-2 on Tuesday last night. For what it’s worth, the Dash are 4-4 on Wednesday thus far in 2013.
- Winston-Salem is 1-3 in rubber matches thus far this season. In their three such losses, the Dash have been outscored 27-12.
- With a win tonight, Winston would climb six games above the .500 mark for the first time this season.
The Pelicans aim for a series sweep of the Frederick Keys tonight at 7:05. This is a near must-win for Frederick, who is four games behind Potomac in the Northern Division with six games left. Luke Jackson (5-4, 2.44 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Birds against fellow righty Zach Petersime (2-5, 6.99 ERA).
Join Rob Low and I for all the play-by-play coverage beginning at 6:45 with the Pregame Dash. Fans can listen live here or watch on MiLB.tv. You’ll hear from Chris Bassitt, the newest Carolina League All-Star, during the show.
The White Sox announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Dash’s outfield this afternoon. Mark Haddow is heading to the seven-day disabled list, while Josh Richmond is coming to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis.
A pitch from Wilmington starter Kyle Zimmer hit Haddow’s left hand in Friday’s first inning. The San Diego, Calif., native finished the game and came up with a pair of hits, but he has a left hand injury that will keep him out of action for a few weeks.
Haddow is currently the Carolina League’s leader in games played (60), but that will unfortunately change soon. Thus far this season, he is hitting .280, which is second on the club and 14th in the league among qualifiers. He has also hit three homers, driven in 26 runs and scored 41 times.
A former Texas farmhand, Richmond comes to Winston-Salem after a great start to his White Sox career in Kannapolis. Richmond hit .375 (21-for-56) with a homer and 11 RBIs in 14 games with the Intimidators.
Last season, Richmond was with Myrtle Beach here in the CL. He hit .178 with five long balls and 22 RBIs in 88 games with the Pelicans in 2012.
The Dash and Blue Rocks continue their three-game set tonight at 7. Join me on My 48 in Winston-Salem, or listen to Rob online here beginning at 6:45. Talk to you then.