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Game #90 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #90 – Road Game #45
Winston-Salem Dash (10-7, 40-47) at Carolina Mudcats (9-10, 43-45)
Wednesday, July 15 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s series finale Monday against Potomac was suspended due to rain in the middle of the third inning with the Dash enjoying a 3-1 advantage. Winston begins a four-game set Wednesday against the Mudcats.

Dash 3B Trey Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Dash 3B Trey Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Jeremy Dowdy – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Because of the threat of rain, the Dash moved big league rehabber Nate Jones into a starting role on Monday. Needing just nine pitches, the right-hander faced the minimum, just like he did during his first rehab appearance on Friday. Jones erased an infield single with a double play in that scoreless first. In his two outings with the Dash, Jones has only needed 17 pitches.
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, Jones is slated to make another appearance for Winston-Salem in Wednesday’s series opener in Zebulon. In July of 2014, Jones underwent Tommy John surgery, and he had not pitched in a game since April 3, 2014, until Friday. This marks the second rehab stint in the Dash era. Brent Morel played in seven games with the Dash in 2012.
  • Thanks to a two-hit effort Sunday, Trey Michalczewski pushed his season-long hitting streak to seven games. Since last Monday, the former seventh-round pick is 11-for-26 (.423) with five RBIs and four runs scored. Michalczewski has collected an RBI in four straight games. He is third in the CL in RBIs at 49, trailing only Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (65) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (54). Michalczewski’s teammate Jake Peter is fourth on the circuit with 42 RBIs.
  • The Winston-Salem Dash were well-represented in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Two of the American League’s pitchers–Chris Sale and Hector Santiago–suited up in the Midsummer Classic, though neither appeared in the contest. The White Sox ace, Sale (8-4, 2.72 ERA) leads the A.L. in strikeouts with 157, while his ERA is seventh. Santiago (6-4, 2.33 ERA), now with the Los Angeles Angels, is third on the circuit in ERA. Sale and Santiago are the 41st and 42nd Winston-Salem alumni to make a Major League All-Star team.
  • For the third time in about a month, the Dash are invading Zebulon for a series against Carolina. Winston took two of three from the Mudcats from June 12-14, while Carolina returned the favor during the first three days of July. The Dash will return to Five County Stadium from August 4-6, while Carolina will invade the Triad two more times (July 22-24 and August 21-23). The Dash have claimed five of the two clubs’ first nine meetings, which have been pitcher-friendly. The Muddies own a slight 33-31 advantage.
  • Winston-Salem right-hander Robinson Leyer earned the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week honor, becoming the third weekly honoree for the Dash this season. Leyer gave up just two hits in seven innings last Wednesday at Myrtle Beach, his most recent outing. Leyer is riding a 14-inning scoreless streak, the second-longest by a Winston-Salem hurler this year (James Dykstra; 15 innings from April 9-22). In his first season at the High-A level, Leyer is 3-6 with a 4.30 ERA in a team-leading 16 starts.
  • Outfielder Nick Basto returned to the Dash on Monday after spending almost two months with Low-A Kannapolis. He was in the five-hole for Winston-Salem in Monday’s suspended game.
  • The Dash had played a game on 19 consecutive days before Tuesday’s league-wide off day.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #89 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #89 – Home Game #45
Winston-Salem Dash (10-7, 40-47) vs. Potomac Nationals (11-6, 44-43)
Monday, July 13 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Potomac Nationals plated seven runs in Sunday’s final three innings to cruise past the Dash 8-2 at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem vies for a series split in Monday’s contest.

Brian Clark takes the bump Monday for the Dash against Potomac. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark takes the bump Monday for the Dash against Potomac. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (updated at 6:30 p.m.):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Jeremy Dowdy – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nate Jones – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though Brandon Brennan gave up those five runs, he recorded Winston-Salem’s fifth consecutive quality start. However, the Dash gave up five earned runs on Sunday after allowing only seven in their previous six games. Still, in their last seven games, four of which have been wins, Winston-Salem’s pitching staff boasts a 1.71 earned run average (12 ER in 63.0 IP). The Dash are fourth on the circuit in team ERA (3.39). If the season ended today, Winston would own its best team ERA in the Dash era (2009-present), besting its 3.71 mark in 2012.
  • Thanks to a two-hit effort Sunday, Trey Michalczewski pushed his season-long hitting streak to seven games. Since last Monday, the former seventh-round pick is 11-for-26 (.423) with five RBIs and four runs scored. Michalczewski has collected an RBI in four straight games. He is third in the CL in RBIs at 49. Teammate Jake Peter is fourth on the circuit with 42 RBIs.
  • Winston-Salem will enjoy an off day Tuesday for the MLB All-Star Game, but a pair of Dash alumni will suit up in Cincinnati. Chris Sale (8-4, 2.72 ERA) will represent the White Sox for a fourth straight season, while Hector Santiago (6-4, 2.33 ERA), now with the Angels, was named an injury replacement. Both are in the top seven in the American League in ERA.
  • The Nationals have not enjoyed most of their recent visits to Winston-Salem. The Dash boast a 39-17 (.696) record against the P-Nats at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has had a winning record against the Nationals in each of its first five seasons at the downtown facility, including a perfect 10-0 mark in 2012. However, this trend is on the line in Monday’s contest. The Dash and P-Nats have split their first six games at BB&T Ballpark in 2015, with Monday being the final clash between the two clubs in the Triad.
  • The Dash matched their most lopsided loss of the campaign on Sunday, which marked the seventh time this year that Winston-Salem has dropped a game by exactly six runs. Winston has not lost a game by more than six runs since August 27, 2014, a 16-5 loss at Myrtle Beach.
  • Following Monday’s series finale with Potomac, the Dash will enjoy the league-wide off day on Tuesday before visiting Zebulon for a four-game set with the Carolina Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #83 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #83 – Road Game #42
Winston-Salem Dash (6-5, 36-45) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7, 46-35)
Tuesday, July 7 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped the rubber match of their three-game set with Frederick Monday. Winston-Salem begins a three-game series  Tuesday at Myrtle Beach.

Keon Barnum delivered an RBI single in Monday's 3-1 loss to Frederick. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum delivered an RBI single in Monday’s 3-1 loss to Frederick. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter finished Monday’s game 0-for-4, marking his first hitless effort since June 18. Peter was riding a 13-game hit streak, during which he recorded a .346 average (18-for-52) with five RBIs and seven runs. Thanks to a suspended game from June 27 at Lynchburg, this streak will become a 14-gamer once that contest is completed on July 19 because Peter already has a single. The former Creighton Bluejay recorded a 14-game streak from June 5-17. These surges represent the two longest in the Carolina League thus far this year.
  • Despite Monday’s hitless showing, Peter has hit safely in 33 of his last 36 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .324 (44-for-136) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 24 runs scored. The White Sox seventh-round pick a year ago, Peter boasts a .289 average, which is ninth-best in the CL. Peter’s 84 hits are also second to Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (87).
  • For the fourth time in his Minor League career, Barnum has logged three multi-hit games in a row. Barnum had not accomplished this feat in almost a year (July 8-10, 2014). The Tampa, Fla., native has dominated Frederick this season to the tune of a .366 average. Barnum has amassed two of his three homers and 13 of his 25 RBIs in 10 games against the Keys in 2015.
  • Outfielder Adam Engel, the Dash’s primary leadoff hitter, was not in the starting lineup for the first time all season on Monday. He played in 80 consecutive games to begin the campaign. Engel had been the only player in the Carolina League to play in all of his team’s games once teammate Trey Michalczewski missed his first one on June 13. Monday marked the first time since August 29, 2014, that Engel was not the Dash’s leadoff hitter (83 straight games). In his last game, Engel emphatically snapped out of a 3-for-43 funk with his fifth three-hit game of 2015.
  • For a fourth straight season, former Winston-Salem southpaw Chris Sale will represent the White Sox in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, which is next Tuesday in Cincinnati. Sale is 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 16 starts, during which he has punched out 147 batters. He is tied with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the most strikeouts in the Majors. On Monday night, Sale missed out on becoming the first pitcher in MLB history with 10 or more strikeouts in nine straight outings. His string of eight in a row is tied with Pedro Martinez (1999) for the best run ever.
  • In their first and only trip to the Grand Strand this season, the Dash took three of four from the Birds (April 23-26).
  • Brandon Brennan logged a quality start on Wednesday at Carolina (6.0 IP, 4 R, 2 ER), but he did suffer the loss.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #72 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #71 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #71 – Road Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0, 30-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-0, 33-37)
Thursday, June 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The second half of the season begins Thursday, when the Dash start a three-game series at Lynchburg. Winston-Salem will compete with Salem and Carolina for the right to battle Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division Championship Series in September.

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • During the season’s first 70 games, Winston-Salem recorded the worst single-half record during the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, Winston-Salem three most recent halves have been the franchise’s three worst since the nickname change. A year ago, the Dash were 30-39 and 31-39 in the first and second half, respectively. Since 2009, the Dash are still 40 games over .500 (472-432-1). Only Potomac owns a better record in the CL during this span.
  • This three-game set marks the Dash’s second and final trip to Lynchburg in the regular season. The Hillcats claimed all four games of a weather-condensed four-game series from June 5-7. It marked the franchise’s first four-game road sweep since June 2-5, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs. In the series finale, Lynchburg overcame a 7-0 Winston-Salem advantage, the biggest lead the club had ever surrendered in a loss since the Dash era began six years ago.
  • Several Dash players found themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and tied for second in runs (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is sixth in batting average (.299). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is sixth with a 2.95 earned run average, while his eight wins are two better than any other CL hurler.
  • The California League cruised to a 9-2 victory in the 19th California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Omar Narvaez went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while both James Dykstra (1.0 IP, 2 ER) and Matt Heidenreich (0.1 IP, 0 R) appeared on the mound. With the victory, the men from the West Coast snagged a 9-8-2 edge in the all-time series. The 2016 Midsummer Classic will take place in Lake Elsinore, Calif., in a celebration of the California League’s 75th anniversary.
  • The Dash only had two roster moves in advance of the season’s second half. Euclides Leyer has rejoined the club from Low-A Kannapolis, while fellow righty Yency Almonte was assigned to the Intimidators from Winston-Salem.
  • On Sunday, the Dash improved to 10-0 at home when scoring six-plus runs.
  • Jordan Guerrero will make his fourth High-A start in the stadium where he made his first (5.0 IP, 4 R on June 7).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Dash alumni thriving

The second half is upon us! During the Dash’s three-day break, a few Winston-Salem alumni shined. Let’s take a look back:

SALE’S STRIKEOUT STREAK

For the seventh consecutive outing, Chris Sale posted a double-digit strikeout title on Wednesday at Minnesota. Sale became the fourth Major League hurler since 1914 to accomplish this remarkable feat, joining Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (1977), Pedro Martinez (1999) and Randy Johnson (2001).

Here’s a look back from some tweets last night:

ANDERSON’S AMAZING BIRTHDAY

Infielder Tim Anderson, the White Sox top prospect, celebrated his 22nd birthday in style. With plenty of family in attendance, Anderson claimed the Most Valuable Player award in Tuesday’s Southern League All-Star Game.

MONTAS NAMED TO FUTURES GAME

Former Dash right-hander Frankie Montas, who shined in the Carolina League a year ago, will represent the White Sox in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Montas boasts a 2.55 earned run average in 12 starts with Double-A Birmingham.

MARIN DOMINANT IN TRIPLE-A

The White Sox released Terance Marin last April. Since then, he went to independent baseball, rejoined the White Sox, pitched in the Mexican League and earned a jump to Triple-A. With Charlotte, Marin has been incredible. In his four outings, Marin has not permitted a run in 22 innings. No Minor League hurler has logged more innings since June 5 without giving up a run than Marin, who was promoted to the Knights on that day.

It’s always great to see so many Dash alumni perform well at higher levels. Here’s hoping this continues! Stay tuned for our preview of the Dash’s second-half opener in Lynchburg.

– Brian

Games #52/69 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

UPDATE: 7 p.m.
Dash lineup for seven-inning finale:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nolan Earley – RF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

Games #52/69 – Home Games #24/34
Winston-Salem Dash (28-39) vs. Salem Red Sox (37-30)
Saturday, June 20 – 4:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After Salem took Friday’s contest 5-3, the Dash and Red Sox will complete the suspended game from June 2 before playing Saturday’s regularly scheduled contest, a seven-inning affair. The suspended game will begin with the Dash up 3-0 with two outs and two on in the bottom of the second inning and will go a full nine frames.

Euclides Leyer was perfect in 1.1 innings Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Euclides Leyer was perfect in 1.1 innings Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Completion of suspended game from 6/2):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before Saturday’s regularly-scheduled contest, Winston and Salem will complete a suspended game from June 2. When rain began to fall on that Tuesday night, the Dash enjoyed a 3-0 lead in the home half of the second. Jake Peter is at the plate with a 1-0 count, with Michael Suiter at second and T.J. Williams at first. The only member of the Dash’s lineup in that game who is no longer on the roster is Chris Jacobs, who is now with Double-A Birmingham. No matter what happens on Saturday, all statistics will revert back as if they took place on June 2.
  • On Thursday, Jake Peter’s lengthy hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-3, two-RBI game. At this moment, it stands as a 20-game hit streak, but it will not be recorded as such. If Peter hits safely in the continuation of the game from June 2, which started when Peter’s streak was at six, he will post a 21-gamer. However, if Peter does not collect a hit, it will be just a 14-game run and will no longer be the second-longest such surge in the Dash era (2009-now).
  • The Dash have announced that righty Yency Almonte will be on the hill when the third inning of the suspended game gets going. Almonte had been with Low-A Kannapolis all year, going 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 appearances.
  • White Sox ace Chris Sale has turned in one of the greatest five-start runs in Major League history. With his 14-strikeout showing on Friday against Texas, Sale joined Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only two men in MLB history to amass 12 or more strikeouts in five consecutive starts. In those five starts, Sale has punched out 65 batters in 37.1 innings (1.74 batters per inning). He took a perfect game into the sixth inning on Friday, when the Rangers shocked the White Sox with two in the ninth to steal a 2-1 win.
  • Winston-Salem will finish the first half with more offensive showings of three or fewer runs than four-plus tallies. On Friday, the Dash recorded their 36th game with no more than three runs. In those contests, Winston-Salem is 7-29 (.194). When the Dash collect at least four runs, the squad boasts a record of 21-10 (.677).
  • Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski has missed the last seven games with an unspecified injury, one that will prevent him from participating in Tuesday’s California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Myrtle Beach’s Jeimer Candelario has replaced Michalczewski, who is still third in the Carolina League in RBIs (39), on the All-Star roster. Also, southpaw Jace Fry, who is on the disabled list, successfully had Tommy John surgery earlier this week. This is the second such procedure for Fry, who also had Tommy John while at Oregon State. He was 1-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 10 starts with Winston-Salem.
  • To make room for Almonte on the Dash’s roster, the White Sox announced that Euclides Leyer would be sent to Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Adam Engel’s six-game hit streak ended on Friday due to an 0-for-4 game.
  • Sunday marks Matt Heidenreich’s turn in the rotation, but he will not pitch so that he can work in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, which is in his home state of California.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 4:30 p.m.

– Scott

An introduction of Carson Fulmer

It’s pretty safe to say that Monday is a day that Carson Fulmer will never forget.

Carson Fulmer was selected eighth overall in the 2015 MLB Draft by the White Sox. (Rebecca S. Gratz/The World Herald)

Carson Fulmer was selected eighth overall in the 2015 MLB Draft by the White Sox. (Rebecca S. Gratz/The World Herald)

At 7:02 p.m. EST, Fulmer’s Vanderbilt Commodores clinched a spot in the College World Series with a 4-2 victory over Illinois. Exactly 10 minutes later, his college teammate Dansby Swanson was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Less than an hour and seven picks after that, the Chicago White Sox made Fulmer their first round selection.

Fulmer comes from a strong pitching tradition at Vanderbilt that includes former American League Cy Young Award winner David Price. With the Tigers off Monday, Price drove down from Chicago to Champaign Sunday night after Detroit’s contest against the White Sox to catch the decisive Super Regional game.

With the White Sox heavy on left-handed pitching in their big league starting rotation (Chris SaleJose Quintana and Carlos Rodon), Fulmer is a right-handed arm Chicago hopes can both balance the rotation and rise to The Show quickly, having three years of college under his belt if he decides to sign with the club. Fulmer’s 13-2 record, 1.82 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 114 innings earned him the SEC Pitcher of the Year Award and recognition as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which honors the top amateur baseball player in the country.

The native of Lakeland, Fla., ironically the same hometown as Sale, throws a fastball that sits 92-94 mph can touch the upper 90s. Fulmer also throws a power curveball that has been described as “swing-and-miss” and a changeup.

The MLB Draft continues through Wednesday, and the White Sox will welcome a new crop of players over the coming days. Stay tuned for today’s game preview!

– Scott

Around the White Sox system – April

On Friday, we reviewed the first month of the season for the Dash (they did lead the Carolina League in ERA). Today, we will examine the rest of the Chicago White Sox system to see how their Aprils went, starting from the top:

Chicago White Sox (MLB): An offseason that saw the White Sox acquire RHPs Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson, LHP Zach Duke, 1B Adam LaRoche, OF Melky Cabrera and UTL Emilio Bonafacio led to some believing that Chicago would contend in the American League. However, the White Sox struggled in the season’s first month and the rumbling has already begun about rebuilding around this core for 2016.

Jose Abreu has crushed five homers this season.  (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports)

Jose Abreu has crushed five homers this season. (Jesse Johnson/USA Today Sports)

That being said, the core is the envy of nearly every team in baseball. Jose Abreu has mashed to a 126 wRC+, while Avisail Garcia has been a surprise to match that production so far. Meanwhile, the White Sox lineup has seen LaRoche (87 wRC+), Cabrera (75 wRC+), Alexei Ramirez (46 wRC+) and Adam Eaton (36 wRC+) get off to slow starts, meaning this talented lineup should start to turn things around and get hot at any moment.

The same could be said about the Chicago pitching staff. Both Chris Sale and Jose Quintana have posted ERAs above 5.00, with Samardzija currently at 4.78. The White Sox have also brought up top prospect and former Dash LHP Carlos Rodon, who has pitched to a 2.76 ERA in 6.1 innings thus far.

Although the White Sox are currently 7.0 games behind the Tigers, nearly everything has gone wrong for them so far, and turnarounds from what was supposed to be one of the deepest lineups and best starting pitching trios in baseball could make Chicago a team that makes a run later in the year.

Carlos Sanchez is off to a torrid start in 2015. (Buren Foster/Charlotte Knights)

Carlos Sanchez is off to a torrid start in 2015. (Buren Foster/Charlotte Knights)

Charlotte Knights (AAA): April saw Charlotte storm to a 13-7 start to take the early lead in the International League South division. Former Dash INF Carlos Sanchez has put together one of the best performances in all of Minor League Baseball. The 10th-ranked prospect in the White Sox system according to MLB.com, Sanchez is batting .407/.432/.582 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs. Nearly half of those RBIs came in a May 2 game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, when Sanchez went 4-for-4 with two homers and a double to drive in seven runs. That capped a run that saw Sanchez reach base in 10 straight plate appearances, recording a hit in nine of those.

Former Dash OF Trayce Thompson, the No. 19 White Sox prospect, has raked to a .326/.365/.517 tune with three triples, two home runs and 11 RBIs thus far. On the mound, RHP Erik Johnson, who pitched for Winston-Salem in 2012, leads the club with a 3-1 record and 2.04 ERA, fanning 19 in 17.2 innings.

The flip of the calendar to May also saw the White Sox release OF Jared Mitchell. The 2010 first-round pick was batting just .050 this season for Charlotte and was a .205 hitter with 10 homers in 144 Triple-A games.

With a record of 14-9, the Knights are enjoying the perch of the division by one game over the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays).

Tim Anderson has stolen the most bases in the Southern League. (Buren Foster)

Tim Anderson has stolen the most bases in the Southern League. (Buren Foster)

Birmingham Barons (AA): Like the Dash, the Barons had an up-and-down opening month of the season, finishing an even 10-10. Former Dash INF Tim Anderson, who is now the top-ranked prospect in the Chicago system with Rodon in the bigs, has stolen 11 bases and batted .309 with 13 RBIs in the early going. Meanwhile, 2014 Dash members Jacob May (.337/.378/.424, 10 SB) and Jason Coats (.340/.354/.532, 9 2B) reinforced an offense that ranks in the top half of the league in both batting average and slugging percentage. Coats did earn a late-April bump to Charlotte thanks to his strong production.

In the rotation, Frankie Montas and Myles Jaye, who both pitched in Winston-Salem last year, have helped lead a pitching staff that is just four off the lead for most strikeouts in the Southern League. Montas has a 2.63 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13.2 frames, while Jaye is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and 20 punchouts against six free passes in 20.1 innings.

The Barons are currently 2.5 games behind the Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs) in the Southern League’s North Division.

Jordan Guerrero's 0.69 ERA is the sixth-best in MiLB. (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators)

Jordan Guerrero’s 0.69 ERA is the sixth-best in MiLB. (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators)

Kannapolis Intimidators (A): Former Dash manager Tommy Thompson and his Intimidators did not have a winning or losing streak of more than two games throughout April. LHP Jordan Guerrero (No. 29 White Sox prospect) has gotten off to a ridiculous start to the campaign. Guerrero has the sixth-best ERA (0.69) in all of Minor League Baseball, while his 0.77 WHIP ranks 18th. The southpaw is 3-0, has given up just 15 hits in 26.0 innings and fanned 26 against only five walks.

The Kannapolis offense has posted the third-best average and slugging percentage in the South Atlantic League. INF Chris Curley’s 20 RBIs lead the club, and he has hit .281/.326/.551 while smashing a team-high nine doubles and five roundtrippers. C Brett Austin, Rodon’s roommate at NC State, is batting .333/.453/.548 with three triples, and former Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez has slashed .301/.396/.422 with six steals.

The Intimidators’ 10-13 record has them at the bottom of the SAL Northern Division, 6.0 games behind the Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers).

Stay tuned for our Dash game preview as they wrap up a four-game set Monday with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

-Scott

A look around the White Sox system

Each team in the system is at least 10 games into the season, so let’s spin around the organization and see how each team is doing thus far this season.

MLB: Chicago White Sox (7-6)

Former Dash star Jordan Danks (right) is ready to fill in for Avisail Garcia in the White Sox outfield (photo via chicagonow.com).

Former Dash star Jordan Danks (right) is ready to fill in for Avisail Garcia in the White Sox outfield (photo via chicagonow.com).

Chris Sale improved to 3-0 this season after Friday’s outing against the Indians, but the White Sox bats played a big role in the outcome. Sale grinded through five innings, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out five. The ace spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times following his start.

Infielder Marcus Semien has played well of late, recording hits in nine of his last ten games. Among those was this solo homer on Sunday against Cleveland:

In this whitesox.com article, learn more about Erik Johnson’s standing in the Chicago pitching rotation. Plus, Semien takes part in Jackie Robinson Day festivities on Tuesday and who Sale credits for the development of his changeup:

Thanks to the season-ending shoulder injury to Avisail Garcia, outfielder Jordan Danks was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to help fill the void. The Dash alumnus spoke with CSN Chicago about the opportunity:

Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (6-6)

Catcher Josh Phegley is off to a solid start in 2014. His .286 batting average currently ranks second on the team among qualifying players, and he has scored four runs in eight games.

The other BB&T Ballpark looks pretty darn good, too (photo via Charlotte Knights).

The other BB&T Ballpark looks pretty darn good, too (photo via Charlotte Knights).

The Knights opened their sparkling new Uptown Charlotte facility, the second BB&T Ballpark, on Friday night against the Norfolk Tides. For a recap of their historic evening, click here.

Double-A: Birmingham Barons (5-5)

The defending Southern League champions won three of five games against the Jacksonville Suns to reach the .500 mark. The Barons were washed out at Mobile on Monday night, so a doubleheader is on tap this evening.

Former Dash outfielder Trayce Thompson was recently profiled on MiLB.com talking about some of the valuable lessons he learned during Spring Training with the White Sox.

Low-A: Kannapolis Intimidators (4-7)

The Intimidators were swept in a four-game series at Greenville this weekend, the last contest a heartbreaking 5-4 setback to the Drive in 14 innings. Kannapolis looks to regain its footing this week in Hickory. That series opener was also postponed, so the Intimidators and Crawdads will play two this evening.

Infielder Cleuluis Rondon continues his development at the Low-A level. The Venezuelan native, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday, is batting .298 with six RBIs, three runs scored and three stolen bases in 11 games.

Stay tuned for a preview of tonight’s homestand opener against Frederick.

– Dave

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