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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!
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 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.
2013 in the books. Thank you to everyone for the constant love and support. 2014 is gonna be a fun one
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) November 13, 2013
Arizona fall league was fun and now have a lot of great friends because of it, but it’s time to enjoy the offseason
— Stephen McCray (@McCrazy44) November 14, 2013
Spring coming around soon….time to go home and re-up. Coming back a better me in 2014.
— Jared Mitchell (@jaredCmitchell) November 15, 2013
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPS!!!!’nn pic.twitter.com/si3RIlsSVC
— Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) September 16, 2013
This team did it! Never had more fun in my life.. 2013 champions.. Ain’t got no worries
— Micah Johnson (@Micah_Johnson3) September 16, 2013
— Myles Jaye (@MJaye14) September 16, 2013
— Kevin Vance (@SorryBoutIt10) September 16, 2013
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) September 16, 2013
Ahhhhhhhh 😝😝😝😝coming home CHAMPIONS BABY!!!!! SO STOKED!!!!!
— Keenyn Walker (@Keenyn_Walker) September 16, 2013
The Indiana crew proving most champions per capita pic.twitter.com/nFfa6Xfqv7
— Micah Johnson (@Micah_Johnson3) September 16, 2013
So where do I get my ring fitted?
— Cody Winiarski (@cody_winiarski) September 16, 2013
Being a champion feels so good
— Jarrett Casey (@JCasey13) September 16, 2013
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.
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.
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) September 13, 2013
Awesome team win!! One more to go baby!!! Coming home to Birmingham to finish this thing off! Lets pack at Regions field! @BhamBarons
— Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) September 13, 2013
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.
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.
Bout to win this whole dang thing!! pic.twitter.com/3IR9APWFSI
— Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) September 10, 2013
Barons headed to the championship #FIREMEUP 💍
— Jarrett Casey (@JCasey13) September 10, 2013
I hope champagne is good for your hair cause mine still smells like it and I plan for some more to be on the way!! #firemeup 💍💍
— Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) September 10, 2013
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) September 10, 2013
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.
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!
Winston-Salem infielder Micah Johnson’s season will not end when the Dash wrap up their 2013 regular season in Wilmington, Del., on Monday. Johnson, along with five Dash alums, will be playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Johnson leads Minor League Baseball with 83 stolen bases, 22 of which have come with Winston-Salem after he began the year with Low-A Kannapolis. The former Indiana University product has also scored the fifth-most runs in the minors this year. He has touched home plate a combined 103 times with the Intimidators and the Dash.
Five other White Sox farmhands are ticketed for the AFL, and all of them have played in Winston-Salem en route to the top two levels of the minors:
RHP Chris Bassitt (2012-13)
This season: 11-4, 3.08 ERA, 138 K (Winston-Salem/Birmingham)
LHP Charlie Leesman (2010)
This season: 4-3, 3.87 ERA, 78 K (Charlotte), made major league debut on August 9
RHP Stephen McCray (2012)
This season: 10-10, 3.67 ERA, 78 K (Birmingham/Charlotte)
INF Marcus Semien (2012)
This season: .280, 19 HRs, 61 RBIs, 106 R (Birmingham/Charlotte)
RHP Kevin Vance (2012)
This season: 2-6, 4.11 ERA, 7 saves, 81 K (Birmingham)
The AFL, which begins play in early October, is a six-team circuit. Each team consists of highly-regarded prospects from five different organization. In addition to the White Sox, the Desert Dogs also feature players from the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins.
Winston-Salem begins its final home series of the regular season tonight at 6 at BB&T Ballpark against the Potomac Nationals. The Dash and Nationals will complete their suspended game from July 11 and then play a seven-inning contest to wrap up the makeshift doubleheader. Check back later for a preview of today’s action.