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FutureSox recognizes 18 former Dash stars

Carlos Rodon is the White Sox top prospect, per (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carlos Rodon is the White Sox top prospect, per (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

With Spring Training quickly approaching, the writers at FutureSox have compiled their Top 30 White Sox prospects, 18 of whom have played in Winston-Salem at some point.

The 2014 version of the Dash boasted 11 of the top 30, including four of the Sox five best prospects, per FutureSox. The full countdown and a description of each farmhand are available here (1-15) and here (16-30).

Here are the 18 Dash alumni on the list, with the members of the 2014 roster in italics.

1. LHP Carlos Rodon
2. INF Tim Anderson
3. RHP Frank Montas
5. RHP Tyler Danish
6. INF Micah Johnson
7. OF Courtney Hawkins
8. INF Carlos Sanchez
9. INF Trey Michalczewski
11. RHP Chris Beck
14. OF Jacob May
15. INF Cleuluis Rondon
16. INF Tyler Saladino
17. OF Trayce Thompson
20. INF Keon Barnum
21. C Kevan Smith
24. OF Adam Engel
27. INF Andy Wilkins
28. RHP Mike Recchia

A few thoughts:

  • It should come as no surprise that Rodon checks in as the top prospect. He will almost certainly be atop every White Sox prospect list in advance of the 2015 season. Last week, named Rodon the second-best southpaw prospect in the Minors.
  • This time last season, both Danish and Montas were viewed as prospects, but not as the elite-level Minor League arms that they became in 2014. In Winston-Salem last year, the duo combined to go 9-3 with a 2.23 earned run average in 28 starts. There are still doubters, but both men continue to climb the Minor League ladder and collect more believers.
  • Michalczewski figures to be the highest-ranked prospect to begin the 2015 season with the Dash. After enjoying significant success in Low-A Kannapolis, the White Sox sent the 19-year-old to Winston-Salem. Michalczewski hit just .194 in 19 games, but he did show some flashes of his noticeable talent, including his three-hit, three-RBI showing in that playoff-like final home Friday game against Carolina.
  • Another likely returnee is Rondon, who continues to wow people with his glove. He held his own at the plate in Winston-Salem (.247) over 53 games, the majority of which featured him in the two-hole.
  • It is great to see someone like Recchia on this list. The former Minor League free agent zoomed through CL offenses before jumping to Double-A Birmingham, where he performed well. His story is fascinating. His personality is great. Now, his status as a true prospect in the system is starting to show.

The Dash’s 2015 season begins in exactly 70 days. Stay tuned for more information as Opening Day approaches.

– Brian

Game #7 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #7 – Road Game #3
Winston-Salem Dash (3-3) at Salem Red Sox (5-1)
Thursday, April 10 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)


The Dash led wire-to-wire and defeated the Red Sox 4-2 Wednesday night, snapping Salem’s 11-game regular season winning streak that dated back to last year. J.B. Wendelken earned his first career victory as a starting pitcher with six strong innings of work

Brad Goldberg takes to the hill for his second career professional start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Brad Goldberg takes to the hill for his second career professional start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).


Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
Brad Goldberg – RHP


  • Adam Heisler went 3-for-4 with two triples and two RBIs. He’s the first Dash player with two triples in the same game since Kevan Smith did it on July 27, 2012, at Myrtle Beach.
  • With a double in Wednesday night’s game, outfielder Courtney Hawkins extended his hitting streak to seven games, dating back to the final game of the 2013 season. It’s now the longest hitting streak of his pro career, surpassing a six-game stretch that he set from August 5-10, 2013.
  • Hawkins drove in a run with last night’s double, extending his RBI streak to five straight games. That matches the longest stretch of his pro career, when he had RBIs in five consecutive games from July 30-August 3, 2013, with the Dash.
  • With his 2-for-4 outing Wednesday night, catcher Michael Marjama has hit safely in all four games he has played this season. He has a .500 batting average (8-for-16) on the year.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats is batting 5-for-9 (.556) against Salem in this series and already has three multi-hit games this season. The 24-year-old had two-or-more hits in 32 games with Low-A Kannapolis in 2013.
  • Wednesday marked the first game this season in which the Dash did not commit an error. They made 13 defensive miscues in the first five games of 2014, tied for the second-most in Minor League Baseball. Only the Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) of the Texas League made more errors during that span, with 14.
  • Probable starting pitcher Brad Goldberg will toe the rubber tonight for his second start of the season. The 24-year-old suffered the loss in his first career professional start last Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) in four innings against Wilmington in a 10-3 setback.


Tonight’s game is available live on The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

– Dave

Checking in with the big club

Erik Johnson will start the 2014 season in the White Sox rotation (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Erik Johnson will start the 2014 season in the White Sox rotation (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

We are taking a quick break on our Carolina Countdown, which will resume later this week. In honor of our exciting announcement today, let’s check in on the White Sox with just six days until their opener and nine until the Dash’s Opening Day.

Erik Johnson makes the White Sox rotation: Right-hander Erik Johnson stormed through the White Sox minor league ranks, including a two-month stop in Winston-Salem. Chicago skipper Robin Ventura announced the rotation today, and the former second-round pick is in it.

This comment from White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin is important to note, too.

Whether the White Sox view Johnson as the fourth-best pitcher in the rotation or not, he will be in the mix to start the 2014 season. Good for Erik, who was an incredibly friendly, yet focused, pitcher during his time in the Triad. Big league hitters will hate seeing his slider.

Micah Johnson still in big league camp: Speedster Micah Johnson, who led all of Minor League Baseball in stolen bases last season, is still a member of big league camp. Only 33 players remain at this stage, which is an incredible accomplishment for a player who started last year in Low-A Kannapolis. Some thoughts via Twitter:

Johnson’s stolen base total in 2013 (84) is good for the second-most by a White Sox farmhand ever. Per these reporters and others, he will probably not be in a White Sox uniform on Opening Day, but his time may come much sooner than people expected this time last year.

A few other notes:
– Great stuff from our friends at FutureSox, who break down why Adrian Nieto made the White Sox, while Dash alum Kevan Smith did not.

– You won’t go hungry at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago this year. Wow.

– Merkin continues his good work with a great feature on Dash alum Nate Jones’ memories from his first Opening Day.

We are into single digits in our countdown to baseball’s return to Winston-Salem. Stay tuned for continuing coverage.

– Brian

Top 10 posts of 2013

The top blog post from 2013 stemmed from one of my worst moments.

The top blog post from 2013 stemmed from one of my worst moments.

It has been another successful year here with the Dash Board Blog. Thanks to all of you, our readers, the Dash Board Blog has been one of the most popular blogs in Minor League Baseball.

After compiling a “Dash Top 10” based on the team’s 2013 accomplishments back in September, why not share our list of the Top 10 blog posts of the 2013 season.

This list is based on hits, and I omitted the posts solely dedicated to transactions or game previews. Without further ado, here are the blog’s best posts from 2013.

1. “When a foul ball meets a computer screen” – July 22

The picture of the monitor is crazy, but the conversation in the broadcast booth before the damage was even crazier. I’m happy that my computer’s demise did have one positive impact.

2. “Breaking down the Dash…on Twitter” – May 20

Baseball players can send some unique tweets. A few Dash players discuss their different tweets.

3. “One millionth fan tribute” – May 10

BB&T Ballpark reached one million total fans quicker than any other facility in High-A history, so we put together a video tribute to our loyal fans.

4. “All-You-Can-Eat Night by the numbers” – April 19

The Dash hosted their first All-You-Can-Eat Night in April, and our fans left the game quite stuffed. The final numbers were very impressive.

Seeing snow at a baseball field is always strange.

Seeing snow at a baseball field is always strange.

5. “Snow at BB&T Ballpark” – January 18

Snow covered the stadium early this year, and the photos are great.

6. “The shoes of MiLB’s stolen base leader” – August 2

Micah Johnson has style and speed. Both of those traits came together in his shoes.

7. “Smith’s unique journey to Pittsburgh” – June 9

Kevan Smith was a college football quarterback before he joined the White Sox system. How he arrived at the University of Pittsburgh is a fascinating story.

8. “Shagging baseballs at the Home Run Derby” – August 7

Josh Richmond played on a big league field at a young age. He was in uniform at the 1998 Home Run Derby.

9. “Dash to a million: BB&T Ballpark in pictures” – May 15

Before the millionth fan celebration, we took a look back at some of BB&T Ballpark’s best moments.

10. “Catching up with Tommy Thompson” – April 29

The Dash’s 2012 manager, who has a fascinating personality, reflected on his time in Winston-Salem and looked ahead.

Thanks again for following along with the Dash Board Blog throughout the 2013 season. Happy Holidays!

– Brian

Prospect All-Stars, Top 20 rankings

Adam Heisler and four Dash teammates from 2013 on the Organizational All-Star roster (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Adam Heisler and four Dash teammates from 2013 appeared on the White Sox Organizational All-Star roster (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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 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? 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.

– Brian

Top 10 of 2013 – #8: 17-run explosion

Kevan Smith has been activated off the disabled list and will start tonight in Lynchburg (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Kevan Smith homered on a record-setting night in Winston-Salem (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The 2013 season is over, but there were plenty of memorable moments. Over the next two weeks, we will count down the Top 10 moments of the Dash era’s fifth season.

Previous Top 10 Moments:
#10: Dash clinch winning record
#9: Comeback in Delaware

Moment #8 – May 28
Dash score record 17 runs

Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem has been fortunate to watch some dominant offenses. The Dash have led the Carolina League in home runs over the last four seasons, while the 2010 and 2012 versions of the franchise easily climbed to the top of the circuit in overall batting average.

This year’s Dash offense did not have the season-long numbers that former installments boasted. However, Winston-Salem did something that had not happened since the Warthogs era on a Tuesday night in late May, and the offense did it in the seven-inning opener of a doubleheader against Frederick at BB&T Ballpark.

Two in the first. Eight in the second. One in the fourth. Six in the sixth.

17 runs in six offensive frames!

This total was the highest single-game showing for Winston-Salem in the Dash era, surpassing 16-run showings in 2010 and 2012. Winston’s 17-run output was its biggest offensive showing since the Warthogs thrashed Frederick 19-2 on April 27, 2006.

Eight Winston whackers logged multi-hit games, while five players drove home at least two runs. Both Chris Curley and Kevan Smith went yard, too. Plus, less than three hours after recording this blowout victory, the Dash completed a doubleheader sweep in significantly different fashion. Mark Haddow’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the lone run in the nightcap.

This offensive explosion took place during the Dash’s first-half surge, during which Winston made up 6.5 games and even owned a share of first place for a few days. Hitting a baseball is arguably the toughest thing to do in sports, but the Dash made it look easy on this night.

Stay tuned for the continuation of our countdown tomorrow, as we unveil the seventh-best moment of 2013. Today, we focused on the best single-game run output in Dash history. Tomorrow, we look back at the best individual game by one offensive player in the Dash era.

– Brian

Game 139 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #139 – Road Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (32-36, 70-68) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (29-39, 62-76)
Sunday, September 1 – 1:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)


The Dash have dropped back-to-back games since their 10-game winning streak. Winston-Salem seeks to clinch a winning record this afternoon in Delaware.

Bryan Blough can become the CL's first 12-game winner Sunday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Bryan Blough can become the CL’s first 12-game winner Sunday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).


Joey DeMichele – 2B
Jeremy Farrell – DH
Chris Curley – 3B
Mark Haddow – RF
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Josh Richmond – LF
Grant Buckner – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Jake Brown – SS
Bryan Blough – RHP


  • The White Sox announced that right-hander Myles Jaye was promoted to Double-A Birmingham this afternoon. Jaye was 9-6 with a 4.11 earned run average in 20 starts with the Dash. The Fayatteville, Ga., native began the season with Low-A Kannapolis and boasted a 2.20 ERA.
  • Jaye recorded 13 quality starts in his 20 efforts with Winston-Salem. In his final two High-A showings, he twirled 14 scoreless innings against the Potomac Nationals, who own the CL’s best overall record.
  • Winston-Salem can clinch the fourth winning season during the five-year Dash era with one more triumph. The lone losing season by the Dash came in 2011 when Winston-Salem went 69-71.
  • Dash catcher Kevan Smith is hitting .444 (16-for-36) in his 10 starts over Winston’s last 12 games, during which the club is 10-2. Smith has a pair of homers and 10 RBIs in the midst of this hot streak. The former Pittsburgh Panther leads all CL catchers and is sixth overall with 73 RBIs.
  • With their loss Saturday, the Dash guaranteed a losing month of August (14-15), which included a 10-game winning streak and an eight-game skid. Winston-Salem has suffered consecutive losing months after stringing together nine months with more wins than losses.
  • Still, the Dash have only recorded two months with a mark more than one game below .500 over the last three years, while Winston-Salem has logged 20 victorious months in 29 tries during the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Winston-Salem starter Bryan Blough will make the final start of his breakout 2013 season. Blough leads all High-A hurlers with 165.2 innings pitched, a total that is good for a share of sixth place in all of Minor League Baseball.
  • In the Carolina League, Blough enjoys a 17-inning lead on Frederick’s Zach Davies for the top spot in innings. Blough, who recorded his first career nine-inning complete game shutout in his last outing six days ago over Myrtle Beach, can become the first CL hurler to collect his 12th win.


The Pregame Dash kicks off at 1:20 p.m., and fans can listen live here throughout the afternoon.

– Brian

The best soundbites of the season

The Dash are riding a season-long winning streak of seven games entering Monday’s sweep chance at home against Myrtle Beach. When the Dash win home games, we catch a player after the game for an interview. So, there have been plenty of postgame interviews lately.

With the end of the season just one week away, we figured that a look back at some of the best moments from our postgame interviews was in order. Check out the video below for great responses and funny moments, including a few players getting an early shower.

– Curt

Game 131 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #131 – Home Game #64
Winston-Salem Dash (27-33, 65-65) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-27, 74-56)
Saturday, August 24 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)


The Dash have matched their longest winning streak of the season by claiming the final five games of their most recent road trip. Tonight at 7, Winston-Salem return to BB&T Ballpark for the first of three against Myrtle Beach.

Jeremy Farrell's RBI double gave the Dash their fifth straight win Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jeremy Farrell’s RBI double gave the Dash their fifth straight win Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).


Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – 3B
Mark Haddow – RF
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Josh Richmond – LF
Jeremy Farrell – DH
Grant Bucker – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Mike Recchia – RHP


  • Two games into its recent road trip, Winston-Salem was in the midst of an eight-game skid, the longest losing streak in the Dash era (2009-present). Since then, Winston has won a season high-tying five consecutive games, matching the club’s win streak from May 17-23.
  • This is the longest streak for the franchise since a six-game run from August 12-17, 2012. The Dash have also claimed five consecutive road games for the first time since April 18 to May 1 of last year.
  • Before their 5-2 road swing to Frederick and Potomac, the Dash suffered their first home sweep at BB&T Ballpark in its 82nd regular season series. when Salem took all three from Winston August 14-16. Since August 6, Winston has also lost five home games in a row for the first time in the stadium’s history. Those five games have been decided by just seven runs.
  • The bullpen trio of Terance Marin, Brandon Hardin and Jeremy Erben combined to blank the P-Nats over nine and two-thirds frames Friday. Marin logged five and two-thirds innings, which is good for the longest appearance by a Winston reliever since Stephen McCray’s six-inning effort April 22, 2012.
  • Winston-Salem catcher Kevan Smith enjoyed a huge road trip. In his six starts, Smith went 12-for-23 (.522) with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored. Smith is seventh in the CL with 67 RBIs, and he enjoys a 17-RBI lead on every other catcher. He trails only Frederick’s Michael Ohlman (13) among backstops in homers (11).


Tonight’s game can be seen live on My 48 in the Winston-Salem area, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Plus, fans can listen live on or watch on

– Brian

Game 130 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #130 – Road Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (26-33, 64-65) at Potomac Nationals (37-22, 79-49)
Friday, August 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)


Winston-Salem has already wrapped up a victorious road trip and a series win in Potomac. Tonight at 7:05, the Dash aim for a series sweep over the league’s best club.


Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – 3B
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Mark Haddow – RF
Josh Richmond – LF
Jeremy Farrell – DH
Grant Buckner – 1B
Jason Van Skike – RHP


  • Winston-Salem can become the first team to sweep a series at Pfitzner Stadium over the P-Nats, the only CL club without a home sweep. Potomac has the second-best record in full-season Minor League Baseball, trailing only Cedar Rapids (Low-A, Minnesota).
  • Potomac owns the best record in the Carolina League, but Winston-Salem has won nine of the first 15 meetings between the two teams. The P-Nats have beaten every other team on the circuit at least 12 times.
  • Myles Jaye held the P-Nats to just two hits over seven strong innings Thursday. Winston-Salem hurlers collectively own a 3.44 earned run average against the P-Nats, who are second to the Dash on the circuit in runs per game this season. No other club in the CL has a team ERA better than 4.05 versus Potomac.
  • Only six pitchers have defeated the P-Nats twice, and the Dash are the only club with two such hurlers. Jaye earned his second victory Thursday, while Bryan Blough is the lone hurler with three wins.
  • Kevan Smith has had a huge road trip. In his five starts, Smith is 9-for-19 (.474) with six RBIs and six runs scored. He has also gone yard in consecutive contests for the first time this season.
  • Smith is now tied for 10th in the CL in home runs with 11, while his 66 RBIs are good for seventh. Smith has a 17-RBI lead on every other catcher in the league.
  • Jason Van Skike is making a spot start for Braulio Ortiz (blister). Van Skike is 1-2 with a 2.97 ERA in his eight starts, but he surrendered three runs in a season-low one inning in his only start against the P-Nats on May 12.


The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., and fans can listen live all night long by clicking this link.

– Brian


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