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October is a time for reflection in the baseball world. Fans and organizations can look back at what happened this past season and how the system looks moving forward.
The 2013 season was a productive one for many White Sox prospects, and MiLB.com honored some of these players on their Organizational All-Star team. One player represented each position, and five of them played in Winston-Salem for part or all of this season:
Catcher – Kevan Smith
Second baseman – Micah Johnson
Third baseman – Chris Curley
Outfielder (1 of 3) – Adam Heisler
Relief pitcher – Daniel Webb
Four other alumni appeared on the All-Star team:
First baseman – Dan Black
Shortstop – Marcus Semien
Left-handed starter – Spencer Arroyo
Right-handed starter – Erik Johnson
In other words, nine of the 12 players on this All-Star team have played in Winston-Salem, and two of the remaining three thrived at lower levels and are on track to play at BB&T Ballpark soon.
So, what did the 2013 season do for these All-Stars and others in Chicago’s system? TopProspectAlert.com released their offseason Top 20 White Sox prospect list, and half of them have played in Winston-Salem during their professional careers.
Erik Johnson headlines this list as the Sox top prospect, and he joins Micah Johnson (3), Courtney Hawkins (4), Marcus Semien (5) and Scott Snodgress (6) as a Dash alumni quintet in the top six. Only Tim Anderson, the White Sox first-round selection this year and a player on the Dash’s radar for 2014, is among the six best prospects in the system without a trip to Winston.
You can view the entire list here, which features six Dash alumni in the top 10.
More prospect rankings will be published throughout the offseason, but it is always fun to take a look as they are released.
Moment #4 – September 3
Four alumni promoted to big leagues
At times, cheering for a Minor League Baseball team can be frustrating. Many players advance to a higher level once they become fan favorites due to their production. However, this fandom frustration goes away whenever one of this temporary favorites jump to the highest level.
The 2013 season was a great one for Dash alumni. In early July, Josh Phegley became the 13th Dash alum to play in Major League Baseball, and he began the pipeline from Winston to the bigs. Andre Rienzo followed suit later that month.
However, with respect to these four men and their incredible accomplishments, the biggest day in terms of big league promotions came the day after the Dash concluded their 2013 season. It’s one thing to see four alumni climb to baseball’s grandest stage during the course of the season. It’s much different to hear four former players moving to the big leagues on one day, which is something the White Sox strongly hinted a few days before the official transactions.
Locker stalls up for Erik Johnson, Marcus Semien, Miguel Gonzalez and Daniel Webb in clubhouse
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 2, 2013
Because of Chicago’s rare rough season, the front office aimed to get some young players a taste of the Majors. Miguel Gonzalez, Erik Johnson, Marcus Semien and Daniel Webb benefited from this opportunity with a month of big league experience.
All four players flashed the potential that Winston-Salem fans witnessed over the last few years. Here are their numbers after earning promotions:
- Gonzalez: .222 (2-for-9) in 5 games
- Johnson: 3-2, 3.25 ERA, 27.2 IP, 18 K in 5 starts
- Semien: .261 (18-for-69), 2 HR, 7 RBI in 21 games
- Webb: 0-0, 3.18 ERA, 11.1 IP, 10 K in 9 appearances
The Winston-to-Chicago pipeline had never been busier than it was in 2013, and never was that fact more evident than immediately after the regular season came to an end in the minors. Four men who suited up for the Dash in either 2012 or 2013 were big leaguers. It does not get much better than that.
Only three more moments remain in our Dash Top 10. What will number three be? Find out tomorrow.
Thanks to four White Sox promotions, the Dash made some history Tuesday night. Four Dash alumni–catcher Miguel Gonzalez, right-hander Erik Johnson, infielder Marcus Semien and righty Daniel Webb–earned their first career promotions to The Show.
None of these newcomers saw the field in their first MLB game, but Johnson will be on the bump tonight in New York against former Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia and the Yankees.
With the Sox out of the playoff chase, attention turns to the prospects, and Johnson is arguably the top farmhand in Chicago’s system. Fans are understandably excited for his debut tonight.
Pretty excited to watch Erik Johnson pitch tomorrow night.
— Mike (@MikeSox56) September 3, 2013
Erik Johnson gets the start tomorrow against a revitalized Yankees team. Nice slider and will pound strike zone. Anxious to see what he does
— Rich Wilson (@RichWilsonFSG) September 3, 2013
Good morning, . @whitesox fans. Welcome to the ErikJohnson Era!
— SoxNerd (@SoxNerd) September 4, 2013
@DanHayesCSN is it wrong to be so pumped by the arrival of Erik Johnson?????
— j (@jimturano22) September 3, 2013
— MLB Jersey Numbers (@NumbersMLB) September 3, 2013
— SoxNerd (@SoxNerd) September 3, 2013
A year ago tomorrow, Johnson started Game 1 of the Southern Division Championship Series for the Dash. At 7:05 p.m., Puma will be making his MLB debut against one of baseball’s best pitchers over the last decade. This is quite a climb for a great pitcher and a great guy.
With the season roughly three-quarters of the way complete, MLBPipeline.com released its updated top 20 Chicago White Sox prospects yesterday. Three current Winston-Salem players are among the Top 20:
1. OF Courtney Hawkins - .191, 18 HR, 51 RBI, 69 games
6. RHP Chris Beck – 9-8, 3.01 ERA, 101.2 IP, 50 K, 18 starts
16. INF Micah Johnson - .326, 6 RBIs, 12 R, 10 SB, 21 games
The list also includes 10 former Winston-Salem players. This includes RHP Daniel Webb (#18), who started the year in the Triad before quickly ascending all the way to Triple-A Charlotte by mid-June.
MLBPipeline.com’s rankings also feature seven players from the 2012 version of the Dash that posted the best record in all of full-season Minor League Baseball. Those seven are RHP Erik Johnson (#2), OF Trayce Thompson (#4), INF Marcus Semien (#9), INF Carlos Sanchez (#10), LHP Scott Snodgress (#12), OF Keenyn Walker (#14) and RHP Andre Rienzo (#17). Rienzo, who fired a no-hitter earlier this week, also spent his entire 2011 campaign with Winston-Salem.
In addition to Rienzo, the 2011 version of the Dash have another alum in the top 20, with OF Jared Mitchell (#11), who is currently with Double-A Birmingham, making the list.
The first Dash team to play at BB&T Ballpark (2010) has one member on the list in C Josh Phegley (#5). Earlier this month, Phegley became the 13th Dash alum to make it to the big leagues.
The Dash and Carolina Mudcats conclude their series tonight at 7. Check back later for a preview of this evening’s contest.
Six current members of the Dash qualified for the list, with outfielder Courtney Hawkins leading that group at number four. Here’s how the six Dash players did, along with their 2013 stats with Winston-Salem:
4. OF Courtney Hawkins – .191, 15 HR, 42 RBIs, 56 games
9. RHP Chris Beck – 8-8, 3.08 ERA, 87.2 IP, 46 K, 16 starts
12. INF Micah Johnson – .294, 3 RBIs, 4 R, 2 SB, 8 games
20. INF Joey DeMichele – .237, 4 HR, 34 RBIs, 62 R, 87 games
23. RHP Myles Jaye – 5-3, 4.45 ERA, 64.2 IP, 49 K, 11 starts
24. INF Rangel Ravelo – .321, 3 HR, 43 RBIs, 53 games
Overall, 17 of the 25 players on this list have played in Winston-Salem at some point in their minor league journey, This includes new top prospect Erik Johnson, a right-handed starter who may not be in the minors for long.
Stay tuned for a preview of tonight’s Dash-Pelicans preview, which will be up later this afternoon.
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.
UPDATE (2 p.m. Wednesday): Birmingham closer Taylor Thompson was added as a replacement to the roster, so the Barons now have nine Southern League All-Stars, all of whom played in Winston-Salem. Thompson, who suited up for the Dash from 2010 to 2012, is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 11 saves in 28 appearances. The rest of the post from Tuesday is below.
Propelled by plenty of Winston-Salem alums, Double-A Birmingham rolled to a first-half Southern League North Division title.
Eight men who contributed to that postseason run, all of whom donned the Dash purple prior to their climb to Double-A, have been named SL All-Stars, the league’s office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Here are the players, followed by their year(s) with the Dash and their 2013 numbers with the Barons:
1B Dan Black (2012): .283, 8 HR, 52 RBIs in 78 games
C Mike Blanke (2012): .257, 5 HR, 33 RBIs in 52 games
RHP Erik Johnson (2012): 8-2, 2.23 ERA, 74 Ks in 14 appearances (all starts)
RHP Ryan Kussmaul (2010-11): 2-1, 2.20 ERA, 33 Ks in 19 appearances
RHP Nick McCully (2012): 7-2, 2.63 ERA, 45 Ks in 17 appearances (10 starts)
SS Marcus Semien (2012): .263, 7 HR, 29 RBIs in 80 games
LHP Scott Snodgress (2012): 8-7, 4.97 ERA in 16 appearances (all starts)
1B Andy Wilkins (2011): .288, 10 HR, 49 RBIs in 67 games
Both Johnson and Wilkins will not participate in the Southern League All-Star Game because they have been recently promoted to Triple-A Charlotte.
The 2013 Southern League All-Star Game will be played on July 17 at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Jacksonville Suns.
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.
Game #80 – Road Game #40
Winston-Salem Dash (5-4, 43-36) at Frederick Keys (4-5, 39-43)
Sunday, June 30 – 6 p.m.
Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.)
One night after suffering their first walk-off defeat since last year’s playoffs, the Dash look to rebound with a series-clinching win in the rubber match of this three-game weekend set in Frederick. Despite Saturday’s tough loss, Winston is still 4-1 against the Keys in Maryland here in 2013.
Joey DeMichele – SS
Adam Heisler – CF
Chris Curley – 3B
Kevan Smith – C
Rangel Ravelo – DH
Jeremy Farrell – 1B
Grant Buckner – RF
David Herbek – 2B
Joe De Pinto – LF
Chris Beck – RHP
- Chris Bassitt whiffed a career-high 10 Keys over a six-inning quality start, his team high-tying ninth of 2013. Bassitt, who is tied for third in the CL with 86 strikeouts, fell one shy of the Dash era (2009-present) record for whiffs in one game.
- Hector Santiago blazed through 11 Kinston Indians in five innings at BB&T Ballpark on April 16, 2011. Prior to Saturday, the last Dash hurler to strike out 10 was Erik Johnson, who also accomplished the feat in Frederick on August 17, 2012.
- Winston-Salem lost for just the sixth time when scoring the first run of the game. The Dash are 30-6 (.833) when scoring the game’s first run, which is tied with the Beloit Snappers (Low-A, Oakland) for the best such mark in full-season Minor League Baseball.
- For just the second time in their last 12 tries, the Keys defeated the Dash in Frederick. Winston-Salem had earned four consecutive wins at Harry Grove Stadium to begin the season, with three of those triumphs coming by just one run. Still, the Dash are 10-2 against Frederick in Maryland dating back to April 11, 2012, and the club is averaging 7.3 runs per game during this run.
- Dash starter Chris Beck has allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3.2 frames (124 pitches) in his two starts since posting a nine-inning complete game shutout of Wilmington June 7 in the Triad. His 3.13 earned run average is still 10th in the Carolina League among qualifiers.
Fans can catch all of the play-by-play action at this link beginning with the Pregame Dash at 5:45 p.m. You will hear from Chris Bassitt after his 10-strikeout effort last night.
After turning in a complete effort last night, the Dash aim for a series win in tonight’s finale in Lynchburg. Before that contest begins, let’s share some news with a Sunday edition of the Dash Dots.
- Congratulations to 2012 Dash alum Erik Johnson, who earned a promotion to Triple-A Charlotte earlier today. Johnson is about to make his Triple-A debut this afternoon against Indianapolis. Johnson went 4-3 with a 2.74 ERA in eight starts with the Dash last year, and he was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 14 outings with Double-A Birmingham this season.
- Bryan Blough extended his career-long personal win streak to five games with his victory Saturday. The Newnan, Ga., native, who worked through eight frames for the first time in his minor league career, has not suffered a loss since May 2 in Lynchburg.
- Since beginning his winning streak on May 13 at Potomac, Blough boasts a 2.21 earned run average (13 ER in 53.0 IP) over those eight outings, six of which have been quality starts. Blough has lowered his ERA from 6.94 to 4.13 during this span (2.81 drop).
- Behind Blough and Cody Winiarski, who posted a spotless ninth, Winston-Salem twirled its league-leading ninth shutout of 2013. Potomac is second with six shutouts, while no other team has more than four. The Dash are tied with St. Lucie (New York Mets) for the most shutouts in High-A baseball.
- Since 2012, the Dash pace all 30 High-A clubs with 24 shutout victories. That calculates to one shutout every 8.8 games!
- Josh Richmond posted the second multi-homer game of his minor league career Saturday. He also hit two home runs while with Low-A Hickory, the Rangers’ South Atlantic League affiliate, on May 18, 2011 against Greensboro. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native is hitting .265 (9-for-34) with five RBIs in nine games with the Dash this season.
- Winston-Salem saw its errorless streak end at 49 innings in the second inning of Saturday’s game. The Dash had not committed an error in their previous five games dating back to June 12, which was the longest run without a defensive miscue for Winston-Salem this year. The Dash are second in the Carolina League with a .975 fielding percentage.
Winston and Lynchburg meet in a rubber match tonight at 6:05, and pregame coverage begins at 5:50 at this link. Talk to you then!