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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!
The final preview in our “Carolina Countdown” is the Royals’ High-A affiliate, the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Introduction: Since debuting in 1993, the Blue Rocks have been a part of the Royals’ minor league system in all but two seasons. Wilmington was the team of the 1990s in the Carolina League. The “Blue Crew” won four CL crowns (1994, 1996, 1998 and a split crown in 1999) during that decade, but they haven’t climbed the league’s mountain since ’99.
Last season: Kansas City’s system has been one of the best in recent years, and the Blue Rocks took full advantage in 2009 by finishing 84-55, four games better than any other CL squad. However, they blew a 2-1 series lead in the first round of the playoffs. In each of the last two seasons, the Rocks have posted records below .500. Last season, Wilmington went 66-72.
Manager: Wilmington’s manager over the last three seasons–Brian Rupp–is now with Potomac, while the Blue Rocks move on with former big league catcher Vance Wilson. Wilson, who managed KC’s Low-A affiliate in Kane County last season, played eight years in the majors with the Mets and the Tigers. This is Wilson’s second season as a manager in the minors.
System: Kansas City’s fan base has been waiting for a return to glory, and the Royals’ minor league system has given these fans a great deal of hope. This system was lauded as one of the best of all time a couple of years ago. Kansas City’s offensive prospects have come along well, including future mashers Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. However, the pitching prospects have been a little slower. KC needs pitchers to compete with the Tigers and White Sox in the American League Central, so the hill will be the place to watch for Wilmington this season.
Best promotion: Wilmington’s list is solid, but I am jealous that I will miss an appearance by Quick Change July 2. It is remarkable how quickly this duo changes outfits. I know there is an explanation to every performance. I’ve seen this one a few times, and I don’t have a clue how they do it.
Fun fact: Not only is the state of Delaware hidden inside Wilmington’s “BR” logo, but they have a logo featuring Mr. Celery. Seriously. I absolutely love minor league baseball. Check it out above.
Travel to Wilmington: This is the longest trip of the season for the Dash and for many Carolina League squads. According to Google Maps, it is exactly an eight-hour trip from ballpark to ballpark. It is a 444-mile journey.
Blue Rocks in Winston-Salem: Come see the fighting celery sticks April 19-22, June 8-10 and July 31-August 2.
Thanks for following along with these previews. More to come later today from the Dash’s scrimmage at Kannapolis. Talk to you then.