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There have been many Dash alums in the news as of late, so today we decided to highlight some of the biggest news from a few of our alums over the last several days.
Sale dominates Tigers
The week started on a high note at the big league level as 2010 Dash alum Chris Sale tossed his fourth complete game of the season in a 6-2 win over Detroit on Monday. The southpaw lowered his ERA to 2.73 and pushed his strikeout total to 167 for the season, both which rank him in the top five among American League starters. After an extra-inning victory last night, the South Siders can sweep the first-place Tigers with a victory today.
Heisler’s stint in Triple-A
With plenty of roster shuffling happening over the last week or so in the organization, Triple-A Charlotte found themselves in need of an extra outfielder. As a result, Adam Heisler, who had recently been transferred to Kannapolis after hitting .272 in 58 games with Winston-Salem, was the man selected for the trip down to Fort Mill, S.C.
Simply put, Heisler delivered. He played in three games for the Knights, going 4-for-10 with two runs scored and two RBIs. He returned to the Intimidators last night, and all he did was hit a grand slam, the first one by an Intimidator in 2013.
Beck makes Double-A debut
Late last week, righty Chris Beck, who was an All-Star in the Carolina League this year, made his debut for the Birmingham Barons against the Mobile BayBears. Beck drew a tough assignment, with right-hander Archie Bradley, one of the most highly touted pitching prospects in the minors, on the other side. The former Winston hurler held his own, giving up three runs in six innings to notch a quality start, but he was outdueled by Bradley and saddled with the loss. Beck will try to collect his first Double-A win again tonight against the Jacksonville Suns.
Fellow 2013 Dash alum Cody Winiarski made his Double-A debut last night, and pitched very well for Birmingham. The right-hander gave the Barons two spotless innings of relief while striking out three Suns. Winiarski was promoted to Double-A on Monday after saving 10 games for the Dash in a team-high 36 appearances.
Great Falls’ hot streak
The White Sox Pioneer League affiliate, the Great Falls Voyagers, has been extremely hot as of late. After finishing four games out of first in the first-half standings, the Voyagers have come out firing on all cylinders in the second half.
They had their nine game winning-streak come to an end yesterday with a 10-4 loss to Ogden but are a sizzling 12-2 in the second half. Through 14 games, the Voyagers already enjoy a six-game lead in the division race.
If Great Falls wins the second half, they will make the Pioneer League playoffs for the seventh consecutive year. The last two years they made it under current Winston-Salem skipper Ryan Newman, who guided them to the 2011 Pioneer League Championship.
The Dash open up a quick three-game homestand tonight at BB&T Ballpark as they welcome the Salem Red Sox to town. Check back later today for a preview of tonight’s series opener.
Game #95 – Road Game #48
Winston-Salem Dash (11-13, 49-45) at Carolina Mudcats (11-12, 33-60)
Wednesday, July 17 – 7:15 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)
Fresh off the club’s first off day of the second half, Winston-Salem begins a four-game series in Zebulon against the Carolina Mudcats. The Dash are just 1-5 at Five County Stadium this season.
Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – DH
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Rangel Ravelo – 1B
Jeremy Farrell – 3B
Grant Buckner – LF
Josh Richmond – RF
Chris Beck – RHP
- For the fourth time this season, Winston-Salem has lost a season high-tying three consecutive games. The Dash have not dropped four games in a row since August 16-20, 2011, when the club suffered a five-game skid.
- Since that streak, the Dash have lost three games in a row seven times, and Winston aims for a seventh straight win after a three-game skid tonight. In those first six games, Winston-Salem has doubled up its opposition by a combined score of 44-22.
- For the first time since May 21, Dash infielder Jeremy Farrell drove in three runs in Monday’s finale. Farrell now stands third in the Carolina League with 58 RBIs, a total that is 10 shy of teammate Chris Curley and Salem outfielder Keury De La Cruz for the league lead.
- Over their last three games, the Dash have stranded 34 runners and hit just .136 (6-for-44) with runners in scoring position. The Dash still pace the circuit with a .278 team average with men in scoring position.
- Winston-Salem lost its first five games of the season in Zebulon before winning 11-4 to avoid a sweep on May 26. Since suffering a sweep at Salem from July 9-11, 2011, the Dash have only been swept once in their last 84 sets, and it was the 2013 season’s lid-lifter at Carolina from April 5-7.
- White Sox lefty Chris Sale, who debut as a professional with Winston-Salem in 2010, threw a pair of spotless innings and earned the victory in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City. Sale struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowizki, a pair of Colorado sluggers voted in as starters.
The Pregame Dash begins at 7 p.m., and fans can listen live here. You will hear from Carolina play-by-play broadcaster Darren Headrick during our pregame coverage.
Even though he has never pitched in a big league game, 2012 Dash alum Erik Johnson is already on the White Sox radar for a rotation spot next season.
Johnson, who is currently on Triple-A Charlotte’s disabled list, has already been penciled into the Sox 2014 rotation as of now. This is according to White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn, who spoke with reporters Wednesday. Sox beat writer Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald had this to say:
Make that Sale, Danks, Quintana, Erik Johnson and Peavy/Santiago for White Sox 2014 rotation
— Scot Gregor (@scotgregor) July 10, 2013
Johnson hasn’t pitched since he left his July 3 start after three innings with a right groin strain. The right-hander has pitched well at both Double-A and Triple-A this year with a combined record of 9-2 and and a 2.24 ERA. Chicago’s top pitching prospect per Baseball America, Johnson is also a prime candidate to make his major league debut later in the season.
With MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline less than three weeks away, the rumor mill is turning at full force. When we covered some options for White Sox that could be on the block a few weeks ago, one name we didn’t mention was staff ace Chris Sale.
Sale signed an extension during spring training, so the general consensus was that he would anchor Chicago’s staff for the next several seasons. However, as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal notes, the 24-year-old southpaw could and maybe should be made available by first-year White Sox GM Rick Hahn.
Rosenthal argues that with the market for front-line starting pitching not very strong leading up to this year’s deadline, the White Sox should consider dealing the 2010 Dash alum in order to help replenish the farm system.
With the lefty not even a year into an extension that includes options which would keep him under club control through the 2019 season, Sale could bring quite a package of prospects in return as teams would be getting more than just a partial season rental like they would for someone like the Cubs’ Matt Garza.
Whether or not Hahn will make his ace available is unknown, but you can bet if he is made available, contenders will be lining up to bid on the two-time All-Star and 2010 Dash alum.
PEAVY TO START FOR BIRMINGHAM
Righty Jake Peavy, who has been on the disabled list since June 6 with a fractured rib, will make a rehab start for Double-A Birmingham on Sunday at Huntsville. The former Cy Young winner has been talked about as a possible trade candidate for contenders looking to bolster their rotation. If all goes well Sunday, he will likely rejoin the South Siders’ rotation shortly after next week’s All-Star break.
PHEGLEY DOES IT AGAIN
With the White Sox wrapping up a three-game set this afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit, Josh Phegley has continued his impressive first week in The Show. With Chicago trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Phegley took Tigers’ right-hander Anibal Sanchez deep for his first career grand slam to put the Sox in front. The 2010 Winston-Salem alum now has three home runs and eight RBIs since his July 5 promotion from Charlotte.
The Dash and Potomac Nationals wrap up their four-game series tonight at BB&T Ballpark. Check back later for our preview for the series finale as Winston-Salem goes for the series win.
On Friday, the Chicago White Sox promoted catcher Josh Phegley from Triple-A Charlotte. With that move, Phegley became the 13th Winston-Salem Dash alum to make it to the big leagues, joining the likes of current White Sox ace Chris Sale, fellow Chicago starters Dylan Axelrod and Hector Santiago, closer Addison Reed and current Arizona Diamondback Daniel Hudson.
The 2010 Dash alum had been hitting .316 with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Knights prior to his promotion. He was also named to the International League All-Star Team and the United States Team for the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game. However, he will gladly pass on those spots for the chance to continue what he did this weekend in Florida.
Phegley made his major league debut Friday night at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. He picked up his first major league hit in his second at-bat, an RBI single off Tampa right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. Later in the contest, the Indiana University product drove in a second run with a sacrifice fly.
After receiving Saturday’s contest off, Phegley was back behind the plate for yesterday’s series finale, and he took 2012 Cy Young Award Winner David Price deep for his first major league home run. Through his first two career games in the majors, Phegley is 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run and three RBIs. During the weekend series, he drove in three of the White Sox four runs as the South Siders were broomed by the Rays.
It appears that Phegley’s spot in the big leagues will be a long-term one, especially considering this line from Scott Merkin’s game recap on whitesox.com following Friday’s affair.
“Phegley, who was called up from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Friday’s setback and basically will take over as starting catcher, knocked out his first Major League hit and picked up his first two RBIs.”
Sale makes AL All-Star Team
In other Dash alum news, the rosters for the MLB All-Star Game were announced on Saturday, and Chicago southpaw Chris Sale was named as one of two White Sox All-Stars, the other being reliever Jesse Crain. While the Florida Gulf Coast University product only has a 5-8 record so far in 2013, he is in the top five in the American League in both ERA (2.78) and strikeouts (123). This will be the 2010 alum’s second appearance in the Midsummer Classic after being named an All-Star last year as well.
Check back later for the preview of tonight’s series opener between the Dash and the Potomac Nationals at BB&T Ballpark.
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 mean: With 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.
What a deal could mean: Like 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.
What a deal could mean: While 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.
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.
Since it opened in April of 2010, there have been numerous great players to play on BB&T Ballpark’s field. Here we have compiled a list of the some of the greatest players to play here in the park’s short history:
Jackie Bradley, Jr.: A member of the 2012 Salem Red Sox and the 2012 Carolina League All-Star team, Bradley was the Opening Day left fielder for the Boston Red Sox this year.
Dylan Bundy: The right-hander made 12 starts for the Frederick Keys last year, and tossed a scoreless inning for the Carolina League in last year’s All-Star Game. He came into 2013 as the number two rated prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America.
Adam Dunn: The slugger came with the White Sox when they played the Dash at BB&T Ballpark in an exhibition game prior to the 2011 season. Mostly a designated hitter the last several years, Dunn had a string of five consecutive seasons with 40 or more home runs from 2004-2008 and is fifth among active players with 413 career home runs.
Billy Hamilton: The speedster represented the Bakersfield Blaze on the California League All-Star team last season and stole two bases in the first inning of the All-Star Game. Hamilton set a record for stolen bases in a minor league season in 2012 with 147 swipes.
Eric Hosmer: Now in his third season as the everyday first baseman for the Kansas City Royals, Hosmer played in the Carolina League with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he won the league’s batting title after posting a .354 average.
Paul Konerko: Now in his 17th season in the big leagues, Konerko was another member of that 2011 White Sox squad that played at BB&T Ballpark in March of that year. The first baseman has 1,352 RBIs in his career, ranking him fifth among all active players.
Manny Machado: A shortstop while coming through the Baltimore Orioles’ system, the 2011 Key alum made the big leagues late last season where he played down the stretch and in the playoffs at third base. Now in his first full season with the Orioles, Machado is the team’s regular third baseman.
Wil Myers: The 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, Myers applied his trade for a long time in the Kansas City system before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this past off-season. Considered one of the best hitting prospects in the game, Myers hit .346 in 58 games for the Blue Rocks in 2010.
Addison Reed: Now the closer for the White Sox, the hard-throwing righty had a brief stint with the Dash during the 2011 season. Reed appeared in 15 games out of the Winston-Salem bullpen, posting a 1.59 ERA in 28.1 IP.
Anthony Rizzo: Now the proud owner of a new contract extension that will keep him with the Chicago Cubs through at least 2019, Rizzo was once a Red Sox farmhand. The first baseman played for Salem in 2009 and 2010 before being traded to San Diego in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, and eventually to the Cubs prior to 2012.
Chris Sale: On July 2, 2010 the southpaw made his professional debut here at BB&T Ballpark in front of what was then the highest attendance in the park’s history at 7,268. Sale would reach the big leagues later in the 2010 season, and is now the ace of the White Sox rotation. In his most recent outing, he nearly threw a perfect game against the Angels.
Andrelton Simmons: The shortstop hit .311 during the 2011 campaign as a Lynchburg Hillcat, and also did some damage as a Hillcat in the 2012 Carolina League Playoffs while on a rehab assignment. Simmons hit two home runs in the playoffs including one against the Dash in the Mills Cup Finals. He is now the regular starting shortstop for the Atlanta Braves.
Come join us tonight as we celebrate the one millionth fan in BB&T Ballpark’s history! One lucky fan will be randomly selected to play a game of chance to win either one million dollars, a two-year lease on a vehicle from Flow Auto, or two Dash tickets for life!
If you can’t make it to the park, join me here at 6:45 for the Pregame Dash with first pitch to follow at 7. Tonight’s game will also be broadcast on 600-AM WSJS in the Winston-Salem area. Talk to you then!
Since BB&T Ballpark opened on April 13, 2010, nearly one million fans have made their way through its gates. As we approach this milestone, we decided to take a look back at some of the best moments in this young park’s history.
The first fans make their way through BB&T Ballpark’s gates ahead of the first game in the park’s history.
Kenny Williams, the former White Sox GM and father of 2010 Dash alum Kenny Williams Jr., throws out the first pitch in BB&T Ballpark history.
Fans packed the seats and the left field berm for the park’s inaugural night with 7,111 in attendance.
The Dash and Myrtle Beach Pelicans played a 20-inning affair in the second game of a doubleheader on May 19, 2010, prevailing 4-3 when Ozzie Lewis scored the game winning run.
A tremendous crowd of 7,268 fans (the highest in the park’s history to that point) packed BB&T Ballpark on July 2, 2010 as Chris Sale made his professional debut. Sale is now shining in the big leagues.
Prior to the 2011 season, Winston-Salem entertained its parent club at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash bested the White Sox 3-0 in an exhibition game.
On July 5 and 6, 2011, Dash outfielder Nick Ciolli robbed a pair of home runs from Salem and Myrtle Beach, the latter of which would have been a grand slam. See both grabs here and here. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)
BB&T Ballpark was jam packed again for the All-Star Game between the California League and Carolina League on June 19, 2012. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)
Bolt got together with several of his friends to put on quite a show during last year’s All-Star festivities. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)
After the Carolina League finished thrashing the California League 9-1, fans enjoyed a great fireworks show to cap off the week’s festivities. (Photo via Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)
Dash fans came out in droves on July 4, 2012, setting a BB&T Ballpark record with 7,285 watching the Dash take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. (Photo via Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)
The Dash posted full-season Minor League Baseball’s top record in 2012, and Winston-Salem advanced all the way to the Mills Cup Finals. Kevan Smith clubbed a go-ahead homer in the Dash’s Game 2 win, and Daniel Wagner’s reaction in the middle said it all. (Photo via Dan Barber/W-S Dash).
Thank you to the best fans in Minor League Baseball for helping BB&T Ballpark become the fastest High-A facility to reach one million fans! Check back tomorrow for more BB&T Ballpark history.
Dash alum Chris Sale had himself quite an outing tonight on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. If you know about it, relive the fun. If you have not heard about his effort, learn about it below.
Chris Sale: 11-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 17 career starts at home. 8-0, 3.12 ERA in career vs AL West #LAAvsCHW on ESPN
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) May 13, 2013
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 12, 2013
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) May 13, 2013
Chris Sale has five perfect innings against the Angels and has thrown only 46 pitches. Has been as dominant as those numbers suggest.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 13, 2013
Chris Sale is straight dealing right now. He’s currently perfect through six.
— ESPN (@espn) May 13, 2013
If Chris Sale completes the perfect game tonight, it would be the 3rd in the last 4 years for the #WhiteSox.
— Jonathon Shipman (@The_Ship_Show) May 13, 2013
Gotta love no one near Chris Sale but yet there’s a teammate on the bench with a catchers mask on. Superstition 1st…Clowning close 2nd.
— Paul Lo Duca (@paulloduca16) May 13, 2013
Perfect through six, Chris Sale getting plenty of space in the dugout.
— jon greenberg (@espnchijon) May 13, 2013
— Russell Parmele (@RParmele3) May 13, 2013
Ramirez saves the perfect game on a great play ranging up the middle and perfect throw to Konerko to get Callaspo
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 13, 2013
— MLB (@MLB) May 13, 2013
Fun while it lasted for Chris Sale.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 13, 2013
The 19 consecutive hitters retired by Chris Sale is a season-high for a CWS starter. Previous was 18 by Jose Quintana spanning two starts
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 13, 2013
Chris Sale is 24 years old. He’ll have plenty of opportunities at the elusive perfect game. What a phenom. #WhiteSox
— Mick Carlson (@M1cKmAcK) May 13, 2013
Great effort, Chris. Here’s hoping the White Sox can pull off the victory over the Angels.
While the Dash cruised to a 15-6 blowout over Lynchburg last night, the news was not all good for Winston-Salem. White Sox top prospect Courtney Hawkins made a diving catch in left center field to end the third inning. He was slow to get up, but the 19-year-old jogged off the field and into the Dash’s dugout.
However, David Herbek pinch hit for Hawkins in the top of the fourth. The White Sox have not disclosed Hawkins’ injury, but he has been placed on the seven-day disabled list, the team announced this afternoon.
In 23 games with Winston-Salem thus far this season, Hawkins is hitting .177 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. His seven homers are one shy of the Carolina League’s lead. However, the former first-round pick leads Minor League Baseball with 45 strikeouts. Hawkins had been improving on his strikeout rate, though. He only whiffed four times in his last five games.
The Dash’s roster only contains two players who have been in the outfield for the majority of their minor league careers–Mark Haddow and Adam Heisler. For the time being, Dash fans should expect to see Grant Buckner, who has played 35 of his 174 minor league games in left field, shift from the infield to the outfield.
TWO MORE ROSTER MOVES:
The White Sox also announced that Brent Tanner has been assigned to Low-A Kannapolis in a move that will likely yield the Mississippi native some more at-bats. In eight games with the Dash this year, Tanner hit .417 (10-for-24) with three RBIs. Of his 10 hits, five of them were doubles. The former 32nd round pick had four multi-hit games in his seven starts, including a career-high tying four knocks last night.
Infielder Rangel Ravelo takes Tanner’s spot on the roster. Ravelo comes to the Dash from Kannapolis, where he hit .226 in 17 games before landing on the disabled list. A year ago, Ravelo was one of four Intimidators to make the midseason All-Star Team in the South Atlantic League.
The Miami, Fla. native was drafted by Chicago in the sixth round in 2010 out of Hialeah High School (FL). Born in Cuba, Ravelo has played both corner infield positions throughout his minor league career.
DASH ALUMS IN THE NEWS:
- Chris Sale picked up his third win of the campaign as helped the White Sox snap a three-game skid last night, giving up just two runs in seven innings of work against Texas. The southpaw struck out seven on the night, tying a season-high. Sale has now gone at least seven innings in all but one of his six starts in 2013.
- Despite the recent struggles of the Chicago bullpen, closer Addison Reed has just kept on rolling. After picking up the save last night, he is now a perfect nine for nine in save opportunities and his ERA is down to just 1.50.
- Dylan Axelrod continues to pitch well and have nothing to show for it. Back on Sunday, Axelrod turned in his third consecutive quality start for the South Siders, but he did not factor into the decision and the White Sox fell to the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite giving up three runs or less in four of his five starts, the righty has yet to earn a victory this season.
- After winning Carolina League MVP honors in 2012, Dan Black has picked up right where he left off this season for Double-A Birmingham. As a team, the Barons are leading the Southern League in batting average, and a big reason is Black, who sits fourth in the league with a .312 mark. Marcus Semien is not too far behind, currently sixth in the league in average at .303. In addition, Black leads the circuit in RBIs with 21 and Semien leads in hits with 30.
- The pitching staff has also been very good for Birmingham. The staff has been led by Baseball America’s number four prospect in the organization, Erik Johnson. The righty sits fifth in the league in ERA at 1.44 and is tied for second in the Southern League in strikeouts with 32. Another pair of Dash alums, Stephen McCray and Scott Snodgress, are tied for the circuit’s lead in wins with four apiece.
- Also, Jared Mitchell did this last week week for the Barons:
- While he hasn’t made it to Winston-Salem yet, Low-A Kannapolis right-hander Myles Jaye could soon be making his way to the Triad. Jaye is one of just nine starting pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball to sport an ERA under 1.00. Through five starts, he is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 30 innings of work.
The Dash are set to return to BB&T Ballpark for a six-game homestand tomorrow night, but first they wrap up their seven game road swing tonight as they go for a series split against the Lynchburg Hillcats at 6:05. Join Brian here for the Pregame Dash starting at 5:50.
- Brian and Rob
It’s been a busy week for Dash alums, players and fans on Twitter. Let’s see what everyone is talking about.
March Madness for Sale: In the same month that he signed a shiny new extension and was named the White Sox Opening Day starter, Chris Sale’s alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast, is making noise in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles upset Georgetown and San Diego State during the tournament’s first weekend, becoming the first 15-seed to make it to the Sweet Sixteen in tournament history. With the two upsets, Sale believes Florida Gulf Coast will now be more respected in all sports, telling White Sox insider Dan Hayes:
“It’s awesome. I had nothing to do with it, obviously, but it just feels good. You come from a small school like that and everyone just kind of looks at us like a midweek prep game. ‘All right, we’ll get our win midweek and then we’ll get ready for conference play.’ I don’t think that’s the way it’s going to be from here on out.”
Making the victory extra sweet for Sale? Bragging rights over teammate Addison Reed and Hayes, both San Diego State alums. Hayes seems to be holding the loss against Sale a bit:
Will be tough to write nice things about Chris Sale after his school (FGCU) crushed mine. Ex: “Sale throws ugliest no-hitter in history.”
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) March 25, 2013
Next up for Sale’s Eagles are the Florida Gators in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night in Arlington, Tex.
Courtney Hawkins autograph error: A few days ago a funny picture made the rounds on Twitter depicting a Courtney Hawkins card that the young outfielder signed…backwards:
— Courtney Hawkins (@CHawkins10) March 25, 2013
Surely the White Sox top prospect will get several chances to correct his mistake in the near future.
Tweets of the week: With the home opener against the Carolina Mudcats just 15 days away, Dash fans are getting excited for the season to being! Check out these Tweets from some fans!
— Kristin (@SheaMusing) March 27, 2013
Playing at the Winston Salem Dash field! 👌 #NotBad
— Spencer Odell (@spencer_tootall) March 20, 2013
There’s no Winston Salem Dash home game on my birthday this year :,( #21stBirthdayFantasyShatteted
— John Childers (@johngchilders) March 20, 2013
It’s great to see that the fans are as excited as we are for the 2013 campaign to get underway!
- Rob and Erika