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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 Vance–joined 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winston-Salem starter Jake Petricka exited Friday night’s game against the Carolina Mudcats after Tyler Holt lined a ball off Petricka’s right elbow.
Holt’s line drive came on Petricka’s fourth pitch of the outing. After trying to walk off the injury for a few moments, Petricka headed briefly for the dugout before walking to the clubhouse.
Fellow right-hander Justin Collop relieved Petricka, who had been pitching well lately. The former second-round pick had worked through six innings in each of last three starts, with the most recent pair of outings resulting in quality starts. Petricka, who is the fifth-best prospect in the White Sox minor league system, entered Friday with a 3-3 record and a 4.50 ERA.
Both Dan Black and Juan Silverio have homered tonight for the Dash, who lead 2-0 in the third inning. Listen live to the action here.
Last week, Kyle Bellamy, Justin Collop and Nick McCully started a very unique trend among Dash pitchers with these incredibly attractive outfits.
Today, three new pitchers raised the ante. Check out (from left to right) J.R. Ballinger, Jake Petricka and Chris Bassitt.
Which trio is better? Let us know in the comments.
It has been a crazy seven days for one of the top prospects in the White Sox organization. Nine days ago, right-hander Jake Petricka found out that he would be needed in Double-A Birmingham Monday for a spot start. The big league club had to play a doubleheader in Cleveland, so some shuffling pushed Petricka up to the Southern League for the first time.
After last Sunday’s victory over Salem, Petricka made the 25-minute drive east to Greensboro and flew to Birmingham. He got to the park Monday afternoon and had to do all of the things that every Dash player has to do at the beginning of the season: take a few pictures, check out the clubhouse for the first time and get a uniform with a new number.
“I kind of felt like the new guy again,” Petricka said.
The Northfield, Minn., native was content with his effort even though he struggled with what he deemed his biggest weakness thus far this season–walks. Petricka issued seven free passes, but he only surrendered three runs in five innings. He escaped multiple jams with minimal damage.
Despite the walks, Petricka was pleased, and he learned a valuable lesson about Double-A hitters. “They adjust really well from pitch to pitch. It doesn’t take them the entire at bat to adjust.”
Even though Petricka and the Barons lost last Monday, the righty sees the White Sox organization cranking out victories in the minor leagues. “Winning always makes it more fun,” Petricka said.
The Dash and the Barons are off to great starts in 2012, and Petricka has now contributed to both squads. And, he is much more prepared to make that jump to Double-A when his name (and new number) is called.
For now, he will take the mound this afternoon with the Dash aiming to regain sole possession of the Carolina League’s top spot.
And remember, winning is more fun, no matter where you are.