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Friday News And Notes

Blake Tekotte will compete for a big league spot in spring training. His hair should certainly give him a chance! (KOMU).

We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of news and notes to discuss from the last few days.

  • Former Dash hurler Brandon Kloess is now a member of the Padres’ organization. The White Sox traded Kloess, who was 3-4 with a 3.70 ERA in Winston-Salem between 2010 and 2011, to San Diego for outfielder Blake Tekotte, who has played a combined 30 games in the big leagues over the last two seasons. Tekotte should figure into the outfielder mix in spring training with the Sox.
  • Another Dash alum is heading out of the White Sox organization. Former Warthogs pitching coach Juan Nieves, who was Chicago’s bullpen coach for the last five seasons, is heading to Boston to become the Red Sox pitching coach. He will join new Boston skipper John Farrell, who was recently hired from Toronto.
  • Baseball America’s annual list of the top 10 prospects in each organization is underway, and the White Sox will learn about their top farmhands Monday. I would anticipate that the list will be outfielder-heavy.
  • Here is my guess (in no particular order) of the top 10: Keon Barnum, Courtney Hawkins, Erik Johnson, Charlie Leesman, Nestor Molina, Jake Petricka, Carlos Sanchez, Scott Snodgress, Trayce Thompson, and Keenyn Walker.
  • For a comparison, has its top 20 available here. It is great to see so many players who have come through Winston-Salem.
  • Finally, I had a chance to return to my alma mater Ohio University for a couple of days this week. My time in Athens made me who I am today, and it was great to see some familiar faces and take in a football game. If you are looking at colleges, you can’t go wrong with Ohio.

Have a great weekend, and we’ll talk to you next week when the Baseball America rankings are released.

– Brian

52 Days Later…

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:

Setting the tone the night before the clinch

Highlights from the division-clinching win

Post-game interviews after the victory

The first half’s theme: “Best team I’ve ever been on…”

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.

– Brian


Dash Alumni Update

Matt Heidenreich will make his first professional start outside the White Sox system tonight (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Over the last few weeks, the Dash’s roster has gone through drastic changes. Winston-Salem has endured 29 roster moves this month, with some of its bigger names leaving the Triad.

How have some of these former Dash players fared elsewhere? It’s time to find out.

Miguel Gonzalez (promoted to Double-A July 24): Gonzalez just joined the Barons after spending the entire season with the Dash. He started his first Southern League game last night and went 1-for-4 with a double during the Barons’ loss at Chattanooga.

Matt Heidenreich (promoted to Double-A July 4; traded to Houston July 21): After a starting spot in the All-Star Game and a team-leading eight wins in Winston-Salem, Heidenreich earned his first promotion to Double-A on our nation’s birthday. In three starts, the righty struggled a bit (1-2, 5.89 ERA). However, the White Sox saw a chance to improve their big league roster and shipped Heidenreich and Blair Walters to Houston for big league reliever Brett Myers. Heidenreich, now with Double-A Corpus Christi in the Texas League, makes his debut in the Astros’ system tonight against San Antonio.

Jake Petricka (promoted to Double-A July 21): The number five prospect in the White Sox minor league system according to Baseball America, Petricka was challenged with a promotion to Birmingham after having an up-and-down season in Winston-Salem. So far, so good for the right-hander, who recorded a quality start in his first appearance since the promotion. He held Montgomery to a pair of runs in six innings of action.

Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in all four games with Double-A Birmingham this season (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Carlos Sanchez (promoted to Double-A July 21): Sanchez, who still leads the Carolina League with 115 hits, has begun his Double-A career tremendously. The 20-year-old infield prospect is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with two runs scored through four games. He has hit safely in all of those contests, including a pair of three-hit showings. Sanchez went 3-for-4 in his Double-A debut Saturday.

Brady Shoemaker (promoted to Double-A July 2): A triple crown candidate in the Carolina League, Shoemaker is hitting .288 with two homers and 10 RBI in 20 games with the Barons. His power numbers may be a bit down, but the Brazil, Ind., native is still hitting .303 with a 1.023 OPS with runners on base.

Blair Walters (traded to Houston July 21): The other prospect shipped to Houston for Brett Myers, Walters was assigned to High-A Lancaster in the California League. He has yet to pitch for the JetHawks, but he is close to his home town of Oak Park, Calif., which is just an hour and a half away from his new home.

It was fun watching these guys, and many other former Dash players, compete in the Carolina League. Good luck to them in Alabama, California, Texas and beyond.

– Brian

Another Day, Another Roster Move

Scott Snodgress went to Stanford before the White Sox nabbed him in the fifth round last year (Stanford athletics).

Over the last five days, the White Sox have moved 13 players. It began with three moves Wednesday, highlighted by the first High-A promotion for Keenyn Walker. Friday, a pair of Kevin’s–Kevin Moran and Kevin Vancejoined the Dash’s bullpen.

Also Friday, we learned that Brent Morel would begin a rehab that continues today. Morel will play at third base for five innings this afternoon.

There were some huge moves on Saturday as well, with Jake Petricka and Carlos Sanchez heading to Double-A Birmingham and Erik Johnson and Daniel Wagner coming to Winston-Salem. Also yesterday, news broke that the White Sox had dealt now former Dash arms Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters to Houston for big league closer Brett Myers.

Today, the White Sox released two more moves, placing Moran on the disabled list and receiving left-hander Scott Snodgress from Low-A Kannapolis.

Moran made his High-A debut Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark and worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs thanks to four walks.

Snodgress has been a solid starter for the Intimidators throughout the season. The southpaw was 3-3 with a 3.64 earned run average in 19 starts. Over 99 innings of action, the Yucaipa, Calif., native struck out 84 men and held South Atlantic League swingers to a .233 batting average.

Winston-Salem and Frederick meet in a rubber match today at 5:00 p.m. Pre-game begins at 4:45 here. Talk to you then.

– Brian

Thompson Talks Trade, Walker, Morel, More

It has been a busy day here in Winston-Salem. From the promotions of Jake Petricka and Carlos Sanchez to Double-A Birmingham to Brent Morel’s rehab assignment to the White Sox trade with Houston to Keenyn Walker’s great High-A debut, there is plenty to chat about here with the Dash.

The main man to talk about all of this is Winston skipper Tommy Thompson. Here’s my conversation with him about all of these topics and much more. It is a MUST listen.

– Brian

Prospect Shuffle – White Sox Edition

From Winston-Salem to Kansas City to Birmingham, Carlos Sanchez has had a busy month of July (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Roster moves in minor league baseball always pique some fans’ interests, but there has not been a day quite like this one involving the Dash in some time.

The White Sox announced four moves affecting the Dash this morning. A pair of top prospects–infielder Carlos Sanchez and right-handed hurler Jake Petricka–has been promoted to Double-A Birmingham.

The Dash have received two solid players in return. Righty Erik Johnson, Chicago’s second-round selection last year, earned his first promotion to the Carolina League from Low-A Kannapolis. Finally, utility man Daniel Wagner is back with Winston after spending exactly one month with Birmingham.

Let’s begin with Sanchez, who likely capped off his Carolina League career with a 4-for-5 showing last night at BB&T Ballpark. Sanchez, who just turned 20 in late June, sits fifth in the Carolina League with a .315 batting average to go along with 42 RBI and 19 stolen bases. He also paced all Dash swingers with 32 multi-hit efforts. Sanchez’s time to shine came in the All-Star Futures Game earlier this month, and he went 1-for-2 and chipped in with two great defensive plays at third base.

Jake Petricka’s second trip to Double-A promises to be longer than his first (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Petricka, the number five prospect in the White Sox system according to Baseball America, had an up and down season with Winston-Salem. He went 5-5 with a 5.33 earned run average in a team-high 19 starts. Petricka shined in multiple outings, including his seven-inning blanking of Carolina June 2 at BB&T Ballpark. The righty made one spot start for Double-A Birmingham in May, but this promotion figures to be a long-term move.

There is no doubt that the Dash will miss both Sanchez and Petricka, but they are receiving a solid duo in return. Johnson joined the Intimidators at the start of June and he was a key cog in the club’s rotation. The 80th overall pick in last year’s draft, Johnson posted a 2-2 record and a 2.54 ERA in his eight starts in the South Atlantic League. In 39 innings of work, the former California Golden Bear whiffed 35 and limited opponents to a .238 average.

Finally, Winston-Salem will get Wagner back after a one-month stint with Double-A Birmingham, where he hit .270 with seven RBI in 19 games. While with the Dash, Wagner owned a .253 average with a homer and 18 RBI in 51 games. The Belmont product posted a 13-game hitting streak from May 15-28, and he proved to be very versatile with the Dash. Wagner played at four different positions during the first half with Winston (second base, third base, center field and right field).

There have been plenty of roster moves lately, but this is what the White Sox want to see happen. Players are thriving at the High-A level, so they make the climb to Double-A. So far, the Dash have been able to remain at the top of the heap in the Carolina League, and this is likely to continue with more talent waiting at the lower levels.

Winston and Frederick continue a three-game series tonight at 7:00. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45, and you can tune in here. Talk to you then.

– Brian

Dash In The NBA Draft

Trayce Thompson does not have the same eyebrow style as Anthony Davis, but the two compare nicely (SAB).

Many sports fans will be focused on this year’s NBA Draft, which takes place tonight in Newark, N.J. How would the Dash fit into this year’s draft class? Let’s find out:

Trayce Thompson = Kentucky F Anthony Davis
The top prospect on the Dash’s roster, Thompson comes from a basketball background. His father Mychal was the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft by Portland, and his brothers Klay and Mychel both have NBA experience. Davis will almost certainly join the list of top overall picks tonight when New Orleans makes the first selection.

Carlos Sanchez = Florida SG Bradley Beal
Sanchez is thriving as a 19-year-old in the Carolina League, while Beal is the target of many teams in the top 5 of the NBA Draft despite the fact that he turned 19 today. Both of these men have certainly piqued scouts’ interests.

Brady Shoemaker = Kentucky SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
One word describes both of these men: motor. Both Shoemaker and Kidd-Gilchrist work extremely hard and never stop hustling when in the heat of battle. Plus, they are very productive in their respective sports. After all, Shoemaker is a Triple Crown candidate, while MKG is likely a top 5 pick.

Dion Waiters even looks like Juan Silverio (USA Today).

Juan Silverio = Syracuse SG Dion Waiters
Both of these guys have plenty of potential while still having some untapped potential. Waiters plays the game with a smooth confidence, which is how Silverio mans third base. Plus, these two look very similar.

Jake Petricka = North Carolina F Harrison Barnes
Both of these young men have been highly touted, yet they have also had to go through some scrutiny based on their play lately. The reality is that both Petricka and Barnes will be solid talents at the next level. They just need to properly develop their abilities.

Michael Earley = Weber State PG Damian Lillard
Earley and Lillard were unknowns to Dash fans and NBA fans, respectively, a year ago. Today, both are extremely important to the fans involved. Earley earned a starting spot on the Carolina League All-Star squad after skipping Low-A, while Lillard was a late bloomer for a mid-major program. Earley is now on the radar of folks in the CL, while Lillard is projected as a top 10 pick in tonight’s draft.

Dan Black = Connecticut C Andre Drummond
This one is pretty simple. Black is big for baseball standards (6’5″, 240 lbs.), and Drummond is a banger inside the paint (6’10”, 270 lbs.).

– Brian and Mike

Dash Set To Square Off With Bundy

(Photo courtesy of the Frederick Keys).

Winston-Salem boasts the best offense in the Carolina League, with league-leading figures in batting average (.279) and runs per game (5.6). Tomorrow night at BB&T Ballpark, the Dash will have quite an assignment. Frederick right-hander Dylan Bundy, the fourth-overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft, is scheduled to start.

Bundy is 3-2 with a 3.42 earned run average in five High-A starts this season. The Tulsa, Okla., native began his minor league career in Low-A Delmarva, where he did not allow an earned run in 30 innings of work.

This will not be Bundy’s first appearance inside BB&T Ballpark. He tossed a scoreless sixth inning during the California-Carolina League All-Star Game eight days ago.

Winston has a highly-touted prospect taking to the mound, too. Righty Jake Petricka will start for the Dash.

Mike had a chance to chat with Bundy prior to the game Tuesday, and you can listen to that interview below. Also, tickets can be purchased for tomorrow’s game here.

– Brian

Throwback Thursday – 3rd Edition

People have asked if the Dash’s pitching staff dresses better than any other in minor league baseball? We’ve already seen the Dash sport some awesome outfits this season.

If you missed it, Nick McCully, Justin Collop and Kyle Bellamy started the trend with these outfits in Lynchburg. A few days later, J.R. Ballinger, Jake Petricka and Chris Bassitt tried their luck with a new wardrobe.

Today, five hurlers may have set a new standard in baseball fashion.

From left to right, Jake Petricka, Kyle Bellamy, Nick McCully, Justin Collop and Chris Bassitt (Mike Lefko/W-S Dash).

Please give the guys some critiques in the comments section, and we will pass them along. The Dash are looking good on and off the field, that’s for sure.

– Brian

Petricka Set to Start Monday

(Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

Three days after a scary incident at Carolina, Dash right-hander Jake Petricka will return to the mound for game one of this afternoon’s doubleheader with the Frederick Keys.

On the fourth pitch of Petricka’s Friday start against the Mudcats, Tyler Holt hit a line drive off Petricka’s right elbow. He tried to stay in the game, but the fifth-best prospect in the White Sox system (according to Baseball America) could not throw a warm-up pitch and headed for the clubhouse.

Petricka had a noticeable bruise on his right elbow after the game, but he said it felt OK after initial pain in the minutes following the play. The righty was aiming to make his next start, and the elbow healed so quickly that he will pitch two days early.

Ryan Buch will start the nightcap this evening against the Keys, with Matt Heidenreich putting his 16-inning scoreless streak on the line Tuesday. Then, Justin Collop takes to the hill Wednesday, and Spencer Arroyo concludes the set Thursday.

– Brian