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Game #33 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #33 – Road Game #15
Winston-Salem Dash (12-20) at Frederick Keys (14-18)
Saturday, May 10 – 6 p.m.
Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were dealt a 4-0 setback in the second of a four-game series at Frederick Friday night. J.B. Wendelken struck out 10 batters in six innings while suffering the loss.

Michael Marjama will start behind the plate for the Dash on Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Marjama will start behind the plate for the Dash on Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Heisler – RF
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Justin Jirschele – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Michael Johnson – SS
Francellis Montas – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Friday marked the first time a Winston-Salem team was shut out at Frederick since the Warthogs were blanked 5-0 by the Keys on May 21, 2008.
  • The Dash have been shut out five times in 32 games this season, the most in the Carolina League. No other team in the circuit has been blanked more than three times. During the last three years, however, Winston-Salem has suffered the fewest shutouts in the league (15).
  • Pitcher J.B. Wendelken became the first Dash hurler to record a double-digit strikeout total since Chris Bassitt fanned 10 at Frederick on June 29, 2013.  The Dash-era record for a single game belongs to Hector Santiago, who struck out 11 Kinston Indians on April 16, 2011.
  • With his first inning single on Friday, outfielder Adam Heisler now boasts the longest hitting streak by a Dash player this season. His current nine-game stretch surpasses the eight-game streak that Courtney Hawkins had to begin the 2014 campaign (April 3-11).
  • With his 2-for-4 performance on Friday, third baseman Nick Basto now has at least one hit in five straight games. During that stretch, the 20-year-old Florida native is batting .333 (7-for-21).
  • Catcher Martin Medina tallied two hits on Friday, and he now has six multi-hit games in 18 contests this season. Last year with the Dash, the California native had six games with two-or-more hits during the entire season (55 games played).
  • Reliever Kyle Hansen tossed two scoreless innings on Friday, marking three straight appearances without allowing a run (5.2 innings). During that stretch, the 23-year-old has lowered his season ERA from 3.18 to 2.12.
  • Probable starting pitcher Francellis Montas is slated to make his second start of the season. In his High-A debut on Monday against Myrtle Beach, the 21-year-old gave up one run and three hits in five innings. Montas ended up with a no-decision in the 3-2 Dash victory over the Pelicans.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

- Dave

Scary weather near MiLB cities

A powerful weather patter has affected much of the country over the last few days, and the thunderstorms are slowly moving east. Last night, the White Sox Double-A affiliate was in the path of a dangerous supercell that prompted a tornado warning.

As a result, the Barons’ game in Chattanooga was suspended in the seventh inning, during which Birmingham scored four runs. Chris Bassitt summed it up well.

Unfortunately, Chattanooga was not the only Minor League city in the way of these crazy storms. A massive, rotating thunderstorm was bearing down on Birmingham.

The storm did dissipate before reaching the downtown area, which was a huge break for the downtown area. Storms with tornadic motion normally have a “hook” at the bottom of the cell. The tweet below shows the weakening of the cell just before hitting downtown Birmingham.

The home city of another Southern League city was not so lucky. Pearl, Miss., where the Mississippi Braves play, was hit hard by a tornado. The images are horrifying.

This storm system will continue its slow trek to the east, and folks throughout the Carolina League should heed former Dash All-Star Chris Beck’s words.

The forecast calls for the most dangerous weather over the next few days to be south of Winston-Salem. Still, it is not a storm to take lightly, and severe weather is likely over the next 36-48 hours.

Our thoughts go out to all those who were affected by these powerful storms. Stay safe the rest of the week.

- Brian

Spring (training) is in the air

Josh Phegley has some work to do to be Chicago's Opening Day catcher (Saul McSween/W-S Dash).

Josh Phegley has some work to do to be Chicago’s Opening Day catcher (Saul McSween/W-S Dash).

While we gear up for another temperature dip in Winston-Salem, the White Sox are chugging along in warm Glendale, Ariz., with their first spring training game just three days away. Here are some news and notes from an exciting time of the baseball calendar.

  • The White Sox first spring training game is Friday against the Dodgers, but the club will suit up for an intrasquad game later today. While many fans will pay attention to Jose Abreu’s first trip to the plate as a member of the organization, Dash fans should keep their eyes on the men throwing the pitches. Per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, Winston-Salem alumni Chris Bassitt, Chris Beck, Andre Rienzo and Scott Snodgress will pitch two innings Tuesday. Charlie Leesman, Brian Omogrosso and Jake Petricka are also expected to pitch in the game.
  • Speaking of Bassitt, Grantland’s Jonah Keri (one of the best baseball writers out there) offered up one non-roster spring invitee for each American League organization who intrigued him, and the 2013 Carolina League All-Star was the White Sox prospect. I encourage you to check out the full article here, but here was the most interesting line: The Sox hope Bassitt has the repertoire to eventually become a back-of-the-rotation starter, and at some point this season we could see his nasty sinker in the majors.”
  • Hayes also penned a story regarding the White Sox catching situation, and Tyler Flowers has the early advantage over 2010 Dash alum Josh Phegley. Phegley, in essence, replaced Flowers as the Sox catcher after thriving with Triple-A Charlotte during last season’s first half. However, Phegley did not light it up, and Flowers is likely to get the chance to bounce back from a tough 2013.
  • Micah Johnson led Minor League Baseball in stolen bases during his three-stop 2013 in Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Kannapolis, and Scott Merkin of MLB.com chatted with the likable infield prospect about the art of stealing a base. The best line? Johnson said this: “Really, it’s an art form, and it’s something you are born with. It’s an instinct you have.”
  • The Dash’s season begins in just 37 days! The schedule is set for every home and road game (along with first pitch times). I encourage you to check out our schedule downloads page, where you can equip yourself with our schedule for 2014.

We will keep you posted on the White Sox all spring long. Baseball is almost here!

- 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 sun has set in Arizona

Stephen McCray shined in six starts during the AFL season (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

Stephen McCray shined in six starts during the AFL season (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

The Arizona Fall League came to an end over the weekend, and many Dash alumni performed well during the six-week prospect showcase. Eight White Sox prospects helped the Glendale Desert Dogs to a 13-16-2 record, and seven of them have called Winston-Salem home at some point during their minor league career.

Here are those seven players’ stats from the AFL:

RHP Chris Bassitt:
1-0, 0.90 ERA, 10.0 IP, 1 R/ER, 9 K in 10 appearances

INF Micah Johnson:
.320, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB in 6 games (injured in middle of season)

LHP Charlie Leesman:
0-1, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 K in 7 appearances (1 start)

RHP Stephen McCray:
2-2, 2.57 ERA, 21.0 IP, 10 R, 6 ER, 9 K in 6 starts

OF Jared Mitchell:
.304, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 12 R, 6 SB, 1.005 OPS in 20 games

INF Marcus Semien:
.156, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R in 21 games

RHP Kevin Vance:
0-0, 2.13 ERA, 12.2 IP, 3R/ER, 13 K in 10 appearances

A few of these players weighed in on Twitter after wrapping up the 2013 season about two months after most minor leaguers.

It was quite a showing for the White Sox in the AFL. Now, the countdown to the 2014 season has begun for everyone in baseball. We will keep you posted on all of it as winter approaches. Stay tuned.

- Brian

All-Stars, big signing, Halloween uniforms

The World Series may come to an end tonight, but there is still plenty of news in the baseball world. Here are some of the top stories.

BASSITT, SEMIEN NAMED AFL ALL-STARS

Marcus Semien's tremendous 2013 continued with a spot in the XXXX (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Marcus Semien’s tremendous 2013 continued with a spot in the Fall Stars Game (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Minor League Baseball holds many All-Star Games each year, but none are more exclusive than the Arizona Fall League’s showcase. The AFL itself is an exclusive collection of the game’s top prospects. Thus, the annual “Fall Stars Game” features the best of the best within the minor leagues.

Both Chris Bassitt and Marcus Semien will represent the White Sox in this prestigious exhibition, which can be seen Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT on MLB Network. Earlier this week, we discussed the success of former Winston-Salem players in the AFL. Bassitt and Semien have been two of the breakout White Sox prospects of 2013, so it is fitting that they receive this opportunity.

Bassitt has surrendered just one run in six relief appearances this fall. The former Akron Zip was a starter throughout the minor league season, amassing an 11-4 record with a 3.08 earned run average. He was a Carolina League All-Star and a Southern League champion.

Semien had a similar level of success at the top of the Chicago organization. Following a strong 2012 showing in Winston-Salem, Semien hit .290 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs en route to the Southern League’s Most Valuable Player Award while with Double-A Birmingham. He also earned promotions to Triple-A and the big leagues, where he held his own against the game’s best competition.

WHITE SOX SIGN CUBAN STAR ABREU

The White Sox front office stated that they were going to reload the big league roster following the club’s disappointing season. Before the true free agency period, the Sox have already added a huge piece to the present and the future.

Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has joined the White Sox thanks to a six-year, $68 million deal, the club announced Tuesday. Abreu shined in the World Baseball Classic earlier this year and in Cuba since 2007, but fans should be most excited about executive vice president Ken Williams’ quote about the 26-year-old.

“Well, he’s the only player that I’ve seen work out and then play in a game that I wanted to give a standing ovation to.”

Williams expounded upon these comments in that same piece from whitesox.com.

“It was the most professional exhibition of hitting and really defensive work the way he went about things. It was professional. It was focused. It was geared to not just impress, but impress the right way,” Williams said. “One of the things that we did not want to entertain was a guy who was just one dimensional. This guy is a hitter.”

The White Sox have a long way to go to rebound from a 99-loss campaign, but this is an important first step.

CRAZY BASEBALL STORIES

- San Diego State University’s baseball team played an exhibition game in Halloween costumes, and many national outlets picked up the story. Check out the crazy video, which includes Buddy the Elf with a plus glove at third base.

- The Cardinals had some trouble getting to Boston yesterday in advance of Game 6 of the World Series. A mechanical issue on the team’s plane brought about a seven-hour delay; therefore, the Cards arrived at their hotel around midnight EDT.

You can read the entire account of the long travel day, including some funny tweets and comments from team members, here.

The Dash’s 2014 schedule has been released, and we will break down some of the biggest games of the season tomorrow on the blog. Talk to you then.

- Brian

Fun in the sun for Dash alums

Stephen McCray is the reigning Pitcher of the Week in the AFL (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Stephen McCray is the reigning Pitcher of the Week in the AFL (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing, and the White Sox are having a very strong showing. Eight Chicago farmhands, seven of whom have played in Winston-Salem at some point in their minor league careers, are in the AFL, and most of them boast strong numbers for the Glendale Desert Dogs, who are a half-game out of first place 14 games into the season.

Reigning AFL Pitcher of the Week Stephen McCray has been one of the breakout performers on the showcase circuit. Through three starts, the former Tennessee Volunteer has yet to allow a run over 10 and two-thirds innings. He has only surrendered three hits and issued four walks.

The rest of the Dash-turned-Desert Dog contingent has also thrived in Arizona. Check out these stats:

Chris Bassitt – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K
Micah Johnson – .320, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB, .899 OPS
Charlie Leesman – 0-1, 2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K
Stephen McCray – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.2 IP, 3 H, 5 K
Jared Mitchell – .308, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 1.011 OPS
Marcus Semien – .156, 3 RBI, 3 R, 5 BB
Kevin Vance – 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 6 K

The only former Winston-Salem player to struggle so far in Arizona has been Semien, who was arguably the biggest breakout performer within the White Sox farm system in 2013. In other words, Semien will be just fine, and Chicago’s front office should be thrilled about the results thus far.

Fans can follow along with these players and the rest of the highly-touted prospects in the AFL here.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the World Series. It is incredible to think that Xander Bogaerts was in Winston-Salem for the All-Star Game 16 months ago. Should be quite a series.

- Brian

Alumni react to Southern League title

Winston-Salem did not qualify for the postseason, but many players who have suited up for the Dash in recent years celebrated a championship last night.

Double-A Birmingham claimed its first Southern League championship in 11 years with a 4-2 win over Mobile in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday night. Mobile, who fell one win short of a three-peat, scored twice in the first, but the trio of Myles Jaye, Ryan Kussmaul and Cody Winiarski (who finished off the championship clincher with this strikeout) held the BayBears off the scoreboard in the final eight innings.

Offensively, Micah Johnson was the star of the show. The former Indiana Hoosier hit a solo homer in the first inning to get the Barons on the board, and he drove home a run and scored another in the deciding three-run second frame.

Twitter was buzzing with reactions from Birmingham, where the Barons ushered in the Regions Field era with a championship.

Congratulations to the Barons on a magical season. A total of 48 players suited up for the Barons this season, and 39 of them played in Winston-Salem at some point during their minor league careers.

- Brian

Team CB does it again

Chris Beck and the Barons are one win away from a title (John Shadrick/Birmingham Barons).

Chris Beck and the Barons are one win away from a title (John Shadrick/Birmingham Barons).

Koufax and Drysdale. Maddux and Glavine. Johnson and Schilling. Bassitt and Beck?

OK, these comparisons may be a bit too lofty, but Winston-Salem alumni Chris Bassitt and Chris Beck have been two of the best pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball this postseason. As a result, Double-A Birmingham is one win away from a Southern League championship.

The Bassitt-Beck duo has started Game 1 and Game 2, respectively, of the Barons’ two playoff series this month. In the first round against Tennessee, Birmingham collected a pair of home wins because of these righties.

Bassitt in Game 1: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 9 K (Barons win 3-1)
Beck in Game 2: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 K (Barons win 7-1)

Birmingham withstood a strong Tennessee rally to claim the Southern League’s North Division Series three games to two. Then, the CB duo did it again over the last two nights in the SL’s Championship Series to propel the Barons to the brink of a title.

Bassitt in Game 1: 5.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 7 K (Barons win 8-3)
Beck in Game 2: 6.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 4 K (Barons win 8-2)

Four starts. 23.2 innings. Two earned runs. 25 strikeouts.

Most importantly, four wins for both the CB tandem and the Barons.

Will the Barons get one more win and claim the franchise’s first championship in 11 years and its 14th crown all-time? Birmingham hosts Mobile tonight at 8:05 EDT. You can listen live here or follow along @BhamBarons on Twitter.

- Brian

Barons ticketed for Southern League Finals

A year ago, Winston-Salem was involved in the Mills Cup Finals. Many of the Dash’s players in that playoff run a year ago, along with some members of the 2013 Dash, are heading to the highest stage in the Southern League.

The Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Double-A affiliate, punched a ticket to the Southern League Championship Series for the first time in 11 years. Birmingham accomplished this feat with a 7-4 victory in its winner-take-all clash with the Tennessee Smokies on Monday night.

In that Game 5 battle, Dash alumni shined for the Barons. Mike Blanke and Micah Johnson drove home a run apiece, and Jared Mitchell scored twice to cap a big North Division Series. Myles Jaye started the game, and Cody Winiarski collected the final four outs for a save.

Twitter was packed with some great tweets from some Barons players, many of whom made a stop in Winston-Salem en route to this Double-A postseason run.

The Southern League Championship Series pits the Barons and the Mobile BayBears, who host Game 1 and Game 2. The series begins Wednesday night, with the first of three possible home games for the Barons coming up on Friday night.

Good luck to the Barons, especially those former Dash stars who are now three wins away from a ring at the Double-A level.

- Brian

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