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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

Recapping the weekend around the system

The rainy off-day for the Dash means that it’s a perfect time to scroll through the White Sox system to see how the teams and some former Dash players are doing.

Chicago White Sox (3-3):

Chris Sale dazzled in his start against the Royals on Sunday, tossing eight scoreless innings while striking out six. Following his outing, Sale told whitesox.com, “You know what you’re getting when you face a team like this and a starter like James (Shields). You’ve just got to bear down and give it everything you’ve got.” Sale is now 2-0 on the season with a 1.76 ERA on the young season.

Marcus Semien has received plenty of congratulatory high fives so far in 2014 (Ed Zurga via zimbio.com).

Marcus Semien has received plenty of congratulatory high fives so far in 2014 (Ed Zurga via zimbio.com).

Infielder Marcus Semien has started all six games, playing at second base and third base. With Gordon Beckham recovering from an oblique injury, the Chicago Sun-Times discussed Semien’s attempt to convince White Sox management to keep him in the lineup.

Erik Johnson struggled in his first start with the South Siders this year, allowing seven runs against the Royals on Friday. Fellow Dash alum Jake Petricka also pitched in that contest. Johnson spoke with the Chicago Tribune following his start, and you can read about that here.

Nate Jones, who pitched with Winston-Salem from 2008-10, allowed four runs in two outings and failed to retire a single batter. He was sent to the disabled list on Friday with a strained hip muscle, and could miss more than two weeks. Before he was placed on the DL, Jones told CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes about his discomfort.

Charlotte Knights (3-1):

Dylan Axelrod, who pitched for the Dash in 2009 and 2010, had a solid outing against Norfolk on Sunday, allowing just one run in five innings while striking out seven batters. The Knights won that game, 2-1.

Former White Sox slugger Jim Thome will be tossing the ceremonial first pitch at Charlotte’s home opener in their new ballpark on Friday, April 11 against Norfolk. Thome, who played with the Knights in 1993, spoke with charlotteknights.com about his time there.

Birmingham Barons (1-2):

The defending Southern League champions won their opener against Montgomery before losing two straight games. Following a rainout on Sunday, the Barons are playing a doubleheader against the Biscuits today to conclude their five-game opening series.

Former Dash infielder Micah Johnson is off to a hot start in Birmingham, hitting .462 with a home run, two RBIs and four runs scored in three games. Johnson was recently featured on al.com prior to Opening Day.

Kannapolis Intimidators (2-2):

The Intimidators split their opening weekend series with Greenville and return to Kannapolis for their scheduled home opener against Hickory tonight.

Tyler Danish, a second-round draft pick of the White Sox last year, shined for Kannapolis in their Friday night victory over Greenville. The 19-year-old pitcher struck out six over five innings while allowing no earned runs.

That’s your look around the White Sox system. The Dash will take the field again Tuesday night at Salem, trying to cool off a Red Sox team that started 2014 with a weekend sweep of Myrtle Beach. All three games of that series are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. Join Brian Boesch for the Pregame Dash at 6:50!

- Dave

Checking in with the big club

Erik Johnson will start the 2014 season in the White Sox rotation (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Erik Johnson will start the 2014 season in the White Sox rotation (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

We are taking a quick break on our Carolina Countdown, which will resume later this week. In honor of our exciting announcement today, let’s check in on the White Sox with just six days until their opener and nine until the Dash’s Opening Day.

Erik Johnson makes the White Sox rotation: Right-hander Erik Johnson stormed through the White Sox minor league ranks, including a two-month stop in Winston-Salem. Chicago skipper Robin Ventura announced the rotation today, and the former second-round pick is in it.

This comment from White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin is important to note, too.

Whether the White Sox view Johnson as the fourth-best pitcher in the rotation or not, he will be in the mix to start the 2014 season. Good for Erik, who was an incredibly friendly, yet focused, pitcher during his time in the Triad. Big league hitters will hate seeing his slider.

Micah Johnson still in big league camp: Speedster Micah Johnson, who led all of Minor League Baseball in stolen bases last season, is still a member of big league camp. Only 33 players remain at this stage, which is an incredible accomplishment for a player who started last year in Low-A Kannapolis. Some thoughts via Twitter:

Johnson’s stolen base total in 2013 (84) is good for the second-most by a White Sox farmhand ever. Per these reporters and others, he will probably not be in a White Sox uniform on Opening Day, but his time may come much sooner than people expected this time last year.

A few other notes:
- Great stuff from our friends at FutureSox, who break down why Adrian Nieto made the White Sox, while Dash alum Kevan Smith did not.

- You won’t go hungry at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago this year. Wow.

- Merkin continues his good work with a great feature on Dash alum Nate Jones’ memories from his first Opening Day.

We are into single digits in our countdown to baseball’s return to Winston-Salem. Stay tuned for continuing coverage.

- Brian

Johnson’s catch, Sale’s start and much more

The White Sox are already two weeks into their exhibition slate in Arizona, and some former Dash players are doing their best to impress the big club.

Infielder Micah Johnson is not only batting .455 and leading the team in runs scored this spring, but the 2013 Dash alum is also turning some heads with his defense. Johnson made this spectacular diving catch against the Brewers on Monday:

That catch made SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays at #4. Pretty impressive stuff.

A few former Winston-Salem hurlers are throwing well in Glendale. Southpaw Charlie Leesman has posted a 1.69 ERA in 4 Cactus League appearances, tossing 5.1 innings while striking out 5 batters. Despite those numbers, the 2010 Dash alum was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, possibly because he has minor league options remaining on his contract. However, the strong spring showing should keep Leesman on the White Sox radar for the future.

Righty Erik Johnson has thrived in two starts this spring, garnering a 2.57 ERA while striking out 7 batters in 7.0 innings. The 2012 Dash standout is making a bid to join the White Sox rotation in 2014, and manager Robin Ventura has taken notice. “With what he did last year and so far what you see, you like what you see,” Ventura recently told CSN Chicago.

Johnson is also getting some attention for his demeanor off the mound. Check out this recent Chicago Sun-Times article for more on that, which includes comments from fellow White Sox prospect and former Dash teammate Marcus Semien.

Four years ago, Chris Sale was in Winston-Salem. On Opening Day2014 , he will be on the hill for the White Sox.

Four years ago, Chris Sale was in Winston-Salem. On Opening Day, he will be on the hill for the White Sox.

Finally, here are a few roster notes. First, the Sox have tabbed Chris Sale as their Opening Day starter for a second straight year. The 25-year-old, who made his professional debut with the Dash in 2010, says he appreciates the opportunity, per this whitesox.com article: “As much as you sit here and say ‘Treat it like another start,’ it’s the first one of the year and you are obviously going to be amped up for it and excited for it.”

The White Sox also made several roster moves on Wednesday involving Dash alumni. Outfielders Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson were optioned to Double-A Birmingham, while catcher Miguel Gonzalez, pitcher Scott Snodgress and outfielder Keenyn Walker were reassigned to minor league camp. This is common during Spring Training, as youngsters get a chance to work with the big club. Here’s hoping these men use their experience well while continuing to climb the minor league ladder in 2014.

- Dave

A great season Beck-ons?

Chris Beck was strong in the White Sox intrasquad game Tuesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Chris Beck was strong in the White Sox intrasquad game Tuesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The White Sox first and only intrasquad game of the spring took place yesterday, and multiple players thrived. However, the non-roster invitee who stood out was 2013 Dash All-Star Chris Beck, who logged a pair of scoreless innings including a perfect first.

According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, Beck faced the minimum while squaring off with a lineup that could be very similar to the White Sox starting nine on Opening Day.

Padilla mentioned that Beck has the attention of longtime White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper:

After his solid 2013 season, Beck moved into Baseball America’s top-10 list of White Sox prospects, and pitching coach Don Cooper has often included him when talking about long shot candidates for the Opening Day rotation.

Beck is one of the smartest pitchers I have been around. The question mark around the right-hander prior to the 2012 MLB Draft was his conditioning. He worked as hard as any Dash hurler a year ago, and Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago wrote about Beck’s conditioning tweaks over the last year.

In essence, the White Sox urged Beck to work harder in the gym, and he did after he was drafted in the second round. However, he emphasized the wrong muscles and body parts. Over the last 12 months, a different program has resulted in a great deal of success for the former Georgia Southern product.

If the intelligent Beck is also feeling better about his physical condition than he ever has, then the White Sox stole him in the 2012 Draft. He has already raised some eyebrows in White Sox camp, and fans in Chicago should keep an eye on the righty.

Here are a few other notes from Glendale and beyond:

  • Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com highlighted Rick Hahn’s efforts as the White Sox General Manager. It remains to be seen if all of his moves will result in success at the big league level, but most around the game feel that Hahn has done a tremendous job thus far in Chicago.
  • Happy belated birthday to Jerry Reinsdorf, the White Sox chairman, who turned 78 on Tuesday.
  • The Sox announced their 2014 promotional schedule, and a Chris Sale bobblehead is the main attraction. Check it out here.
  • Elsewhere, there is a unique study taking place at Mercyhurst University. The short version is that experts are analyzing the effectiveness of a pitch count on a pitcher’s arm. The full story is worth the read, and the results will be fascinating when they are released at some point in the next few years.

Some teams are kicking off their Spring Training schedule today. The White Sox begin on Friday! Thanks for reading.

- Brian

A look around the system

Chris Sale tossed his fourth complete game of the season to headline a big week for Dash alums (Dave Bilbrough/WS-Dash).

Chris Sale tossed his fourth complete game of the season to headline a big week for Dash alums (Dave Bilbrough/WS-Dash).

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 has gotten off to a 12-2 record in the second half, giving them a great chance to make the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

Great Falls’ 12-2 record in the second half has given them a great chance to make the Pioneer League playoffs for the seventh straight year.

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.

- Rob

Game 95 Preview – Winston-Salem at Carolina

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.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

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.

Chris Beck looks for his ninth win, which would lead the Carolina League (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Chris Beck looks for his ninth win, which would lead the Carolina League (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • 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.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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.

- Brian

Johnson in 2014 Sox rotation? Trade Sale?

The White Sox are eyeing Erik Johnson as a member of the 2014 rotation (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

The White Sox are eyeing Erik Johnson as a member of the 2014 rotation (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

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:

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.

SALE-ING AWAY?

Could the White Sox move Chris Sale prior to the July 31 trade deadline? (Dave Bilbrough/WS-Dash)

Could the White Sox move Chris Sale prior to the July 31 trade deadline? (Dave Bilbrough/WS-Dash)

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.

- Rob

Phegley’s first weekend in The Show

2010 alum Josh Phegley had a good start to his major league career this weekend for the White Sox (wsdash.milbauctions.com).

2010 alum Josh Phegley had a good start to his major league career this weekend for the White Sox (wsdash.milbauctions.com).

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.

- Rob

The trade deadline’s possible ramifications

Will the White Sox become sellers as the trade deadline approaches?

Will the White Sox become sellers as the trade deadline approaches?

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 meanWith 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.

2012 alum Erik Johnson has been excellent at Double-A and Triple-A this year, making him a candidate for a promotion to Chicago soon (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

2012 alum Erik Johnson has been excellent at Double-A and Triple-A this year, making him a candidate for a promotion to Chicago (Dan Barber/W-S Dash).

What a deal could meanLike 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.

Daniel Webb started the year in Winston-Salem but now is coming out of the bullpen for Triple-A Charlotte (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Daniel Webb started the year in Winston-Salem but now is coming out of the bullpen for Triple-A Charlotte (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

What a deal could meanWhile 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.

Carlos Sanchez could be called up to the majors if Alexei Ramirez is traded this month (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Carlos Sanchez could be called up to the majors if Alexei Ramirez is traded this month (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

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.

- Rob

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