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The Dash are back in Wilmington for the first of three against the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium. While walking from the clubhouse to the broadcast booth, I couldn’t help but reminisce back to the Dash’s last trip to Delaware.
Winston-Salem arrived June 14 with a three-game cushion on Salem with four days left in the first half. The Dash’s magic number was two. After a series-opening loss Thursday night, the Dash corralled a thrilling 2-1 victory Friday to set up a clinch chance on a Saturday night in Wilmington.
That night was 52 days ago, and it was a memorable one for the Dash. Despite spoiling an early five-run advantage, Winston-Salem pulled away for a 9-5 victory that officially punched the Dash’s ticket to the Carolina League playoffs for the 25th time in franchise history.
Since that euphoric Saturday night in the First State, nine of the 24 players have left the active roster. The White Sox plan is working well because seven of those nine have advanced to Double-A Birmingham (Spencer Arroyo, Miguel Gonzalez, Nick McCully, Jake Oester, Jake Petricka, Carlos Sanchez and Brady Shoemaker), while another (Matt Heidenreich) is in Double-A with Houston’s organization after a deadline deal.
Check out some of the links below that take us all back to that incredible final weekend of the first half:
The Dash won’t be clinching anything over the next three days, but today begins a long stretch of mostly road games. Winston-Salem will play 14 of its next 17 away from home. Once this run is over, more clinching opportunities will present themselves with the playoffs on the horizon.
A new month brings another promotion. This call up will be a tough one to stomach though for Dash fans. Carolina League All-Star Brady Shoemaker moves up to Double-A Birmingham for the first time in his career. It is an inevitable part of minor league baseball when a player does well at a lower level he moves up through the system. It is great to see Shoemaker get rewarded for a spectacular season, but the Dash will have to find a way to replicate the solid offense he brought to the team.
In a corresponding roster move Ross Wilson was recalled from Kannapolis. Wilson started the season with the Dash and played eight games in the infield, hitting just .167 before being sent down. However, in Kannapolis he prospered while developing into a multi-faceted infield and outfield player.
Wilson also found his power in Kannapolis. In his eighth game with the Intimidators Wilson drove in a career-high eight runs and slugged three home runs. He played in 64 games, finishing with a .277 average, seven HR and 33 RBI.
Brady Shoemaker leaves Winston-Salem after playing in 78 games with the Dash, compiling a .331 batting average, 13 HR and 59 RBI. He departs the Carolina League as the league leader in batting average, RBI, runs (61) and total bases (156). Shoemaker was also in the top five in a number of offensive categories, including home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and extra-base hits.
Shoemaker was named to an All-Star team for the second straight season after being named to the South Atlantic All-Star team in 2011. This year, Shoemaker represented the hometown Dash in the All-Star Game at BB&T Ballpark and won the Home Run Derby, beating former Winston-Salem Warthog C.J. Retherford in the final round.
The Dash will miss and possibly struggle to replace the offensive output Shoemaker contributed to the team, but what will be impossible to duplicate is his presence in the clubhouse. Shoemaker was well-respected by everyone on the team and essentially a de facto leader on the field. Shoemaker played in left field for 68 of his 78 games with the Dash. That stability and consistent production can be hard to find in the minors.
Shoemaker joins fellow position players Daniel Wagner and Jake Oester in Birmingham. Kyle Bellamy, Andre Rienzo, Spencer Arroyo, Nick McCully and Jon Bachanov comprise the Dash pitching that was promoted to the Double-A level during June.
A new month kicks off with more changes, and the Dash will move forward with a new look in left field.
The White Sox announced a roster move Saturday that sends a familiar face with a new role back to Winston-Salem. Salvador Sanchez arrives after pitching in three games last week, two appearances for Bristol and one with Kannapolis. In a corresponding move, the Dash have released Jake Wilson.
Sanchez hit .241 with five home runs and 58 RBI in 115 games as an outfielder for the Warthogs in 2008. He returned to the High-A level in 2009 and was a member of the inaugural Dash roster. Sanchez recorded similar numbers to his previous season, hitting .246 in 114 games. His power did increase; Sanchez upped his home run total to 16 and finished with 63 RBI.
Sanchez’s journey through the minors has been unique. He was signed by the White Sox in 2004 as an outfielder and reached as high as Double-A Birmingham, even making the Southern League All-Star team in 2010. He never got higher than Double-A and signed as a free agent with the Rangers organization in 2010. Texas converted Sanchez to a pitcher but cut him before the season began. The White Sox resigned Sanchez and decided to keep him as a pitcher.
Sanchez’s path as a pitcher is slowly progressing. The Dominican Republic native appeared in just two games last season for rookie Great Falls, throwing an inning of work in both appearances and allowing one hit.
This season, Sanchez began in rookie Bristol where he pitched two perfect innings, one on June 21 and another on June 23. Sanchez made one appearance for Kannapolis, recording a scoreless inning of relief.
It has been a busy month for transactions for the Dash. There were 25 transactions over the course of April and May, while June has seen 29 moves made affecting Winston-Salem. The flurry of activity began on June 8 when Kyle Bellamy was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. Six other Dash players followed him to Double-A over the course of this month.
Andre Rienzo returned from his 50-game suspension on June 14 and was sent up after being reinstated. Daniel Wagner and Spencer Arroyo were promoted two days after the All-Star break, with Jake Oester right behind a day later. This week Nick McCully and Jon Bachanov continued the exodus of talent from the Dash bullpen to Birmingham.
The Carolina League All-Star break occurs at approximately the same time as multiple other leagues around the minors. Thus, it becomes a popular time for promotions. The Dash sent Spencer Arroyo, Daniel Wagner and Jake Oester up to Double-A Birmingham the day after the All-Star Break and received Blair Walters from Kannapolis. While the Dash did not lose any of their three All-Stars to promotion, the same wasn’t true for all representatives of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Here are a few of the big names who have recently departed the High-A level.
Cody Buckel- The Rangers called up the 20-year-old Buckel the day after he pitched a scoreless second inning for the Carolina League All-Stars. Their 2nd round pick in 2010 led the league in every major statistical category for a pitcher. He finished with a 5-3 record and a 1.31 ERA. Buckel also had 91 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.98. He made his Double-A debut Sunday night but picked up the loss after allowing five hits and two runs in four innings.
Buckel is a good friend of Trevor Bauer, the Arizona Diamondbacks top pick in the 2011 draft. Bauer was called up to the big league club Sunday night and will be the first member of the 2011 class to make it to the majors when he makes his debut Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves.
Jackie Bradley, Jr.- To the relief of every Carolina League pitcher, Jackie Bradley, Jr., was called up to Double-A Portland. The Red Sox center fielder set the tone for Salem in the leadoff spot, going on to record league bests in batting average, doubles, on-base percentage and walks. In his first four games at the Double-A level Bradley Jr. is hitting .375 and has scored four runs. Outside of his offensive numbers, Bradley also has tremendous defensive range in center field.
Jeremie Tice- The Mudcats masher during the first-half of the season carried his big bat up to Double-A Akron. Tice was primarily a designated hitter for Carolina but spent a few games in left field and first base. In 52 games during the first half of the season, Tice hit .282 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI and a league-best slugging percentage of .580. In three games with Akron, Tice is hitting .417 with a homer and five RBI.
Sugar Ray Marimon- The former Wilmington right-hander punched his way into Double-A after compiling a 4-2 record and 2.12 ERA in nine starts. Marimon struck out 60 batters and walked 18 in 68 innings. He will make his debut for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Monday afternoon.
A few players from the California League were selected as All-Stars but had already been promoted from their High-A clubs. Most notably, Tony Cingrani of the Cincinnati Reds organization was sent from Bakersfield to Double-A Pensacola after compiling a 5-1 record and 1.11 ERA in the notoriously hitter-friendly California League. Cingrani also struck out 71 batters in just 56 and two-thirds innings. Cingrani has made four starts with the Double-A Blue Wahoos, with his best coming against Birmingham on June 8 when he pitched six scoreless innings, striking out nine batters.
Mid-season promotions change the dynamic of a team but are a necessary part of minor league baseball. The Dash lost many pieces from a title-winning first-half team, but, for the moment their three All-Stars remain on the roster. With each of the Southern Division teams losing key members, the Dash could be in line to win the second half as well.
One day after “Transaction Thursday,” during which the Dash had six roster moves, Winston-Salem lost another player to Double-A Birmingham Friday afternoon. Infielder Jake Oester is heading to the Southern League for the second time in his career.
Oester is hitting .252 with a homer and 13 RBI in 34 games with the Dash. He is primarily a third baseman but can also play at second.
A year ago, Oester played in 49 games with the Barons, hitting at a .216 clip with 14 RBI and 11 runs scored. A free agent signing prior to the 2010 season, Oester comes from a baseball background. His father Ron played with the Cincinnati Reds for 13 seasons (1978-90).
Winston-Salem’s roster currently sits at 24 players, and the club has five infielders. The Dash continue their three-game series at Potomac tonight at 7:05. Pre-game coverage kicks off at 6:50 here.
Before every home game at BB&T Ballpark, Dash graphics guru Caleb Pardick prepares a special game program, PlayBall! He does a great job with it, and it gives fans a chance to get an inside look at the Dash both on and off the field.
One of our favorite features is “Outside the Lines,” which gives fans a chance to learn about players away from the diamond. We’ve had plenty of good ones thus far this season. Here are some of our favorites:
Have you ever seen those weird-looking aquarium-like objects at fast food places? The ones that you drop a quarter in and it almost always falls to the bottom? Well, during a recent road trip, Chris Bassitt showed off his skills in these games and managed to drop a few quarters on the platforms. As a result, he had gotten most of his lunch for free. “My friend used to work at a place with one of these things,” Bassitt said. “I guess I got good at it.” This is certainly a unique way for a minor league player to pocket some of his meal money.
It’s never easy to suffer an injury. Current Dash reliever Kyle Bellamy had to go through that throughout the 2011 season. The right-hander had surgery on his right shoulder and went more than 600 days between outings. Other than missing the games, Bellamy had to cope with another reality of being injured. “Sitting on the couch,” Bellamy said, “you can’t really do much.” So he turned to Netflix to pass the time. “Netflix is a savior. I’m a big Office fan. And there’s 100-something Office episodes. I watched all of them.”
Black is one of the Dash’s bigger players. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he does dwarf some teammates. As a result, Black has earned an interesting yet fitting nickname—the “Big Black Bear.” “[Dash manager] Tommy [Thompson] actually coined that a couple of years ago when I was in instructionals,” Black said. “I don’t think any coaching staff member has ever used my real name since.” Black has embraced the nickname and reacts to it just as well as someone referring to him as “Dan.” He also immortalized the nickname by engraving one of his bats with “Black Bear.”
McCully has done plenty of traveling lately. “I’ve lived in Iowa, Florida, Arizona, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York and Florida in the past two in and half years,” the pitcher said. That’s nine states, or almost 20% of the country. “It’s tough because my car is always packed,” he said. To make it easier to get around after moving to a new place, McCully said he relies on people familiar with the area. “Teammates pick me up, and I’ve taken a lot of cabs,” the right-hander said.
It was established early in life that Jake Oester was going to be a baseball player. A young Jake would tag along with his father Ron, who played second base for the Cincinnati Reds for 12 years. As a child, Oester was a regular in the Reds clubhouse. “I got to go to all different ballparks and hang out there on weekends and after school,” he said. Oester ate up all the attention from the big leaguers. “The guys treated me like one of the players. I got to hit in the cages and hang in the clubhouse. They used to make fun of me and joke that I must not have any friends because I was always here.”
At first glance, one might think Trayce Thompson is the black sheep in a family of professional basketball players. His father Mychal was the top pick in 1978 NBA draft, while older brothers Mychel and Klay both have played in the NBA. But it wasn’t the path Thompson wanted to take. “We all played all three sports growing up,” he said. “We were good at all three and my dad never forced me to play basketball.” Thompson’s brother Klay currently plays for the Golden State Warriors, but he almost chose a different sport as well. “I’m kind of surprised Klay went with basketball,” Thompson said. “He was really good at football; I thought he would go that route.”
Other than playing baseball in college, Daniel Wagner was involved in music. The infielder majored in music production at Belmont University. “I started playing the guitar when I was either 15 or 16 and just kind of fell in love with it,” Wagner said. Wagner said he also produces and writes a lot of songs. Jack Johnson and John Mayer are among music artists he looks to for inspiration. Although he’s focused on his baseball career, he said he might pursue his musical interests after his baseball career is over. “I enjoy it, so it’s definitely a possibility in the future,” Wagner said.
Mike and I join you with the Pre-Game Dash tonight at 6:45 on wsdash.com. Talk to you then!
EDIT: Thanks to reader and tweeter John for pointing out that I forgot one. Dash infielder Dan Wagner is available at @danwag06. So we are up to 10 Dash players on Twitter.
The Dash have played really well over the last seven days. They have won a season-high seven in a row. So, Dash players deserve a reward, right?
Here is your chance to help. The Dash are all over the Twitter world. Here are the ones I could find:
Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419): He may be the most active Dash player on Twitter. From tweets about the Dash, minor league travel and his favorite sports team, Chris is a Twitter machine.
Kyle Bellamy (@KyleBellamy_U): His picture is worth the click and follow alone. Check it out.
Nick Ciolli (@nciolli20): Nick is a big fan of the <<< or >>> fad.
Michael Earley (@MoneyMikeEarley): If you want to see what the Dash are playing for this season, check out Mike’s twitter picture.
Stephen McCray (@mccrazy44): The newest member of the Dash roster may have the best handle on the club.
Nick McCully (@NMcCully): He’s been in nine states over the last two and a half years. If anything, he probably has good packing advice.
Jake Oester (@oester16): The guy likes fishing. His picture proves it.
Jake Petricka (@jacobpetricka): He doesn’t tweet much, but they are almost always baseball-related posts. That’s enough for me.
Brady Shoemaker (@whitesox4321): Brady has never tweeted before, and he doesn’t follow anyone. Still, he has 15 followers. That’s making something out of nothing.
Let me know if I missed anyone, and be sure to give these guys a follow. By the way, the Dash’s Twitter account is approaching 3,000 followers. Be sure to give us a follow. We will do another fun Twitter post later this week! Talk to you tonight at 6:50 on wsdash.com for the Dash and the P-Nats.
After an adventurous road trip to Frederick, we have settled in a bit. However, I can’t stop thinking about the trip back to Winston-Salem because Friday marks the beginning of the home schedule. BB&T Ballpark will be the place to be in Winston throughout the weekend.
To prepare you for the weekend series, Mike Lefko will have a feature on wsdash.com tomorrow called the “BB&T Ballpark Planner.” We will have this for every homestand throughout the season. We’re excited to unveil it tomorrow.
Also, our PlayBall! program is back for 2012. Caleb Pardick, our exceptional graphic designer, has done a great job with PlayBall! in the past, and I’m sure that will only continue. Our feature this weekend is on new skipper Tommy Thompson. To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a brief snippet from the story:
“You are about to experience the summer of a lifetime with Tommy,” Frederick broadcaster Adam Pohl said. “He’s the greatest manager to be around in all of baseball. When he was our manager, it was a life-changing experience.”
Current Dash players, many of whom have worked with Thompson in recent years within the White Sox system, know how lucky they are to have him in the dugout with them.
“He makes it fun to come to the ballpark every day,” said Dash outfielder Trayce Thompson, who is not related to Tommy. “He gets the best out of us, and he’s a great guy to play for. I’ll run through a wall for him.”
“He’s the definition of a players’ manager,” Winston-Salem infielder Jake Oester said. “If you can’t play for Tommy, you can’t play for anyone.”
Before the Dash can get home for a three-game series with Carolina, they have two more games with the Frederick Keys tonight and tomorrow. Join me tonight at 6:45 on wsdash.com for game two of this three-game set. Matt Heidenreich will make his first High-A start.
Talk to you tonight!
If you celebrate Easter, I hope you have a happy and healthy one today. The Dash are back at Five County Stadium for the rubber match of this three-game set. To give you a first look at the guys, here are some pictures from Friday night’s season opener.
Thanks to Dash team photographer Steve Orcutt for coming out to Zebulon to snap some photos.
The Dash line up along the first base line for the National Anthem.
Highly-touted outfield prospect Trayce Thompson, who had an RBI single in Friday’s loss, made his regular season Dash debut.
Dan Black swings away late in the contest.
Tommy Thompson in his first game as a Dash skipper.
Jake Oester has gotten off to a good start at the plate here in 2012.
We will feature Steve’s great work throughout the season here on the Dash Board. The Dash play at 2 p.m. today. Join us at 1:45 for the Pre-Game Dash. We’ll be joined by catcher Mike Blanke and outfielder Michael Earley to discuss last night’s game. You can listen live here. Talk to you then.
We greet you from newly-named CMC-NorthEast Stadium in Kannapolis for today’s exhibition between the Dash and the Intimidators, the White Sox’s Low-A squad. Our view from the booth is right behind home plate (I apologize for the cell phone picture).
We will keep you updated on the game’s action on our twitter feed, which you can check out here.
For now, I’m sure plenty of people are wondering how the Dash’s lineup will look. Here is what new skipper Tommy Thompson has in store this afternoon’s exhibition. One note: Trayce Thompson, a highly-touted outfield prospect, will not arrive in Winston-Salem until later this week. He will be a fixture in the lineup once the season rolls around.
And yes, there are 10 guys in the lineup and two DH’s. Thompson and the coaching staff want to see everybody, so we’ve got two DH’s this afternoon. Stay tuned here and on Twitter.