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Minor League Baseball players are tremendous resources for young players, but it is difficult for them to work with these youngsters during the spring and summer. As a result, a group of Minor Leaguers started All Pro Lessons, which connects them with the youth who desire some baseball tutoring.
All Pro Lessons currently boasts 13 Minor Leagues, all of whom accept video from players around the world. Within 72 hours, these players respond back with their feedback on what they see.
Of those 13 men, 10 of them have played in Winston-Salem at some point. Current Dash players Tony Bucciferro, Grant Buckner, Adam Heisler and Michael Johnson are available for instruction, while alumni Stew Brase, Jarrett Casey, Chris Curley, Michael Earley, Brady Shoemaker and Kevin Vance also participate.
Another former Winston-Salem product, right-hander Jason Van Skike, was the one who came up with the unique idea. A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Van Skike received many requests from players in that area, but he could not be there very often due to his baseball schedule.
He tried a trial run with one of his former students, and the player made notable improvements over the next few weeks.
“I wondered how I could continue giving these lessons,” Van Skike said. “There are a lot of people who do lessons online, but not in the format that we have.”
Van Skike, who now plays for the independent Wichita Wingnuts, originally looked for a simple way for him to make a little extra money, but now it has grown to a program that is active on Facebook and Twitter. He is also hoping to add video tutorials to spark interest.
“The response has been very positive,” Van Skike said. “It is something that actually can work, and it acts as a release for the guys who help out. We have participated in camps before, and this gives us a chance on get-away day or while we’re hanging out in the hotel to help out young players.”
All Pro Lessons has a wide array of tutorials and programs that can help any young player. Plus, every position and every type of player is represented.
Be sure to check out their website here. Maybe, your child can one day return the favor after these lessons help them reach professional baseball.
The Arizona Fall League came to an end over the weekend, and many Dash alumni performed well during the six-week prospect showcase. Eight White Sox prospects helped the Glendale Desert Dogs to a 13-16-2 record, and seven of them have called Winston-Salem home at some point during their minor league career.
Here are those seven players’ stats from the AFL:
RHP Chris Bassitt:
1-0, 0.90 ERA, 10.0 IP, 1 R/ER, 9 K in 10 appearances
INF Micah Johnson:
.320, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB in 6 games (injured in middle of season)
LHP Charlie Leesman:
0-1, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 K in 7 appearances (1 start)
RHP Stephen McCray:
2-2, 2.57 ERA, 21.0 IP, 10 R, 6 ER, 9 K in 6 starts
OF Jared Mitchell:
.304, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 12 R, 6 SB, 1.005 OPS in 20 games
INF Marcus Semien:
.156, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R in 21 games
RHP Kevin Vance:
0-0, 2.13 ERA, 12.2 IP, 3R/ER, 13 K in 10 appearances
A few of these players weighed in on Twitter after wrapping up the 2013 season about two months after most minor leaguers.
2013 in the books. Thank you to everyone for the constant love and support. 2014 is gonna be a fun one
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) November 13, 2013
Arizona fall league was fun and now have a lot of great friends because of it, but it’s time to enjoy the offseason
— Stephen McCray (@McCrazy44) November 14, 2013
Spring coming around soon….time to go home and re-up. Coming back a better me in 2014.
— Jared Mitchell (@jaredCmitchell) November 15, 2013
It was quite a showing for the White Sox in the AFL. Now, the countdown to the 2014 season has begun for everyone in baseball. We will keep you posted on all of it as winter approaches. Stay tuned.
The Arizona Fall League is in full swing, and the White Sox are having a very strong showing. Eight Chicago farmhands, seven of whom have played in Winston-Salem at some point in their minor league careers, are in the AFL, and most of them boast strong numbers for the Glendale Desert Dogs, who are a half-game out of first place 14 games into the season.
Reigning AFL Pitcher of the Week Stephen McCray has been one of the breakout performers on the showcase circuit. Through three starts, the former Tennessee Volunteer has yet to allow a run over 10 and two-thirds innings. He has only surrendered three hits and issued four walks.
The rest of the Dash-turned-Desert Dog contingent has also thrived in Arizona. Check out these stats:
Chris Bassitt – 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K
Micah Johnson – .320, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB, .899 OPS
Charlie Leesman – 0-1, 2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K
Stephen McCray – 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.2 IP, 3 H, 5 K
Jared Mitchell – .308, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 1.011 OPS
Marcus Semien – .156, 3 RBI, 3 R, 5 BB
Kevin Vance – 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 6 K
The only former Winston-Salem player to struggle so far in Arizona has been Semien, who was arguably the biggest breakout performer within the White Sox farm system in 2013. In other words, Semien will be just fine, and Chicago’s front office should be thrilled about the results thus far.
Fans can follow along with these players and the rest of the highly-touted prospects in the AFL here.
Have a great weekend, and enjoy the World Series. It is incredible to think that Xander Bogaerts was in Winston-Salem for the All-Star Game 16 months ago. Should be quite a series.
Winston-Salem did not qualify for the postseason, but many players who have suited up for the Dash in recent years celebrated a championship last night.
Double-A Birmingham claimed its first Southern League championship in 11 years with a 4-2 win over Mobile in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday night. Mobile, who fell one win short of a three-peat, scored twice in the first, but the trio of Myles Jaye, Ryan Kussmaul and Cody Winiarski (who finished off the championship clincher with this strikeout) held the BayBears off the scoreboard in the final eight innings.
Offensively, Micah Johnson was the star of the show. The former Indiana Hoosier hit a solo homer in the first inning to get the Barons on the board, and he drove home a run and scored another in the deciding three-run second frame.
Twitter was buzzing with reactions from Birmingham, where the Barons ushered in the Regions Field era with a championship.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPS!!!!’nn pic.twitter.com/si3RIlsSVC
— Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) September 16, 2013
This team did it! Never had more fun in my life.. 2013 champions.. Ain’t got no worries
— Micah Johnson (@Micah_Johnson3) September 16, 2013
— Myles Jaye (@MJaye14) September 16, 2013
— Kevin Vance (@SorryBoutIt10) September 16, 2013
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) September 16, 2013
Ahhhhhhhh 😝😝😝😝coming home CHAMPIONS BABY!!!!! SO STOKED!!!!!
— Keenyn Walker (@Keenyn_Walker) September 16, 2013
The Indiana crew proving most champions per capita pic.twitter.com/nFfa6Xfqv7
— Micah Johnson (@Micah_Johnson3) September 16, 2013
So where do I get my ring fitted?
— Cody Winiarski (@cody_winiarski) September 16, 2013
Being a champion feels so good
— Jarrett Casey (@JCasey13) September 16, 2013
Congratulations to the Barons on a magical season. A total of 48 players suited up for the Barons this season, and 39 of them played in Winston-Salem at some point during their minor league careers.
A year ago, Winston-Salem was involved in the Mills Cup Finals. Many of the Dash’s players in that playoff run a year ago, along with some members of the 2013 Dash, are heading to the highest stage in the Southern League.
The Birmingham Barons, the White Sox Double-A affiliate, punched a ticket to the Southern League Championship Series for the first time in 11 years. Birmingham accomplished this feat with a 7-4 victory in its winner-take-all clash with the Tennessee Smokies on Monday night.
In that Game 5 battle, Dash alumni shined for the Barons. Mike Blanke and Micah Johnson drove home a run apiece, and Jared Mitchell scored twice to cap a big North Division Series. Myles Jaye started the game, and Cody Winiarski collected the final four outs for a save.
Twitter was packed with some great tweets from some Barons players, many of whom made a stop in Winston-Salem en route to this Double-A postseason run.
Bout to win this whole dang thing!! pic.twitter.com/3IR9APWFSI
— Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) September 10, 2013
Barons headed to the championship #FIREMEUP 💍
— Jarrett Casey (@JCasey13) September 10, 2013
I hope champagne is good for your hair cause mine still smells like it and I plan for some more to be on the way!! #firemeup 💍💍
— Chris Beck (@WatchurBeck) September 10, 2013
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) September 10, 2013
The Southern League Championship Series pits the Barons and the Mobile BayBears, who host Game 1 and Game 2. The series begins Wednesday night, with the first of three possible home games for the Barons coming up on Friday night.
Good luck to the Barons, especially those former Dash stars who are now three wins away from a ring at the Double-A level.
Winston-Salem infielder Micah Johnson’s season will not end when the Dash wrap up their 2013 regular season in Wilmington, Del., on Monday. Johnson, along with five Dash alums, will be playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Johnson leads Minor League Baseball with 83 stolen bases, 22 of which have come with Winston-Salem after he began the year with Low-A Kannapolis. The former Indiana University product has also scored the fifth-most runs in the minors this year. He has touched home plate a combined 103 times with the Intimidators and the Dash.
Five other White Sox farmhands are ticketed for the AFL, and all of them have played in Winston-Salem en route to the top two levels of the minors:
RHP Chris Bassitt (2012-13)
This season: 11-4, 3.08 ERA, 138 K (Winston-Salem/Birmingham)
LHP Charlie Leesman (2010)
This season: 4-3, 3.87 ERA, 78 K (Charlotte), made major league debut on August 9
RHP Stephen McCray (2012)
This season: 10-10, 3.67 ERA, 78 K (Birmingham/Charlotte)
INF Marcus Semien (2012)
This season: .280, 19 HRs, 61 RBIs, 106 R (Birmingham/Charlotte)
RHP Kevin Vance (2012)
This season: 2-6, 4.11 ERA, 7 saves, 81 K (Birmingham)
The AFL, which begins play in early October, is a six-team circuit. Each team consists of highly-regarded prospects from five different organization. In addition to the White Sox, the Desert Dogs also feature players from the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins.
Winston-Salem begins its final home series of the regular season tonight at 6 at BB&T Ballpark against the Potomac Nationals. The Dash and Nationals will complete their suspended game from July 11 and then play a seven-inning contest to wrap up the makeshift doubleheader. Check back later for a preview of today’s action.
On Monday night in Alabama, former Winston-Salem southpaw Scott Snodgress was working on something pretty special. Snodgress took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of Double-A Birmingham’s 7-0 win over Chattanooga.
Matt Wallach laced a sharp single to right-center with one down in the ninth to snap the no-hit bid, which would have been the first nine-inning no-no for a Birmingham starter since 1995.
“It was a lot of fun,” Snodgress said in his postgame radio interview. “I’m disappointed that I couldn’t finish it off, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Birmingham’s roster consists of many players who contributed to a historic season in Winston-Salem last season. In 2012, Snodgress was 4-0 with a 1.50 earned run average in his eight starts with the Dash, a club that had an incredible camaraderie last season en route to full-season Minor League Baseball’s best regular season record. According to Snodgress, that attitude has rolled over to Birmingham this season.
“We all come out and play our hearts out to win,” he continued. “It’s not an individual thing. Everyone’s pulling for the other guys. That’s something you don’t see on some teams. I think that’s part of what makes it so special.”
Players showed their support for Snodgress immediately after the Lookouts’ lone hit last night. They also applauded him last night on Twitter.
— Kevin Vance (@SorryBoutIt10) July 23, 2013
@s_snodgress 2 outs from a no no. Awesome job man! Great effort!
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) July 23, 2013
— Grant Buckner (@GrantBuckner) July 23, 2013
I was so fired up watching my teammate @s_snodgress almost completing and NO NO game..! Outstanding job Scotty many more chances will come!!
— Salvador Sanchez (@Salsanchez25) July 23, 2013
Snodgress was very appreciative of the support.
Thank you all for your kind words. Want to thank God for such an incredible opportunity and my teammates for their support.
— Scott Snodgress (@s_snodgress) July 23, 2013
Congrats to Scott, a great pitcher and an even better guy. It was fun getting to know him briefly in 2012. He now leads the Southern League with 10 wins. What an outing.
The Winston-Salem Dash and VS. Cancer are teaming up to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer this Friday at BB&T Ballpark. After the game, several Dash players will have their heads shaved on the field, a la last August’s Basebald event. Thanks to two of the Dash’s stellar photographers, Steve Orcutt and Jody Stewart, here are some of the sights from last year’s event:
Terance Marin chipped in with his barber skills by shaving the head of fellow right-handed hurler Chris Bassitt.
Right-hander J.R. Ballinger showed his support as well.
Come out and join us Friday night to see whose head gets shaved this year and show your support for VS. Cancer in the fight against childhood cancer!
With six days remaining in the first half, the Dash are one game behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.
Game #65 – Home Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
Tuesday, June 11 – 7 p.m.
Current Position: 2nd (1.0 GB)
For the first time since Thursday, the Dash find themselves looking up at the Birds in the Southern Division. Winston-Salem spoiled a five-run lead at home against Lynchburg in a 10-9 defeat, while Myrtle Beach edged Frederick 2-1. Winston has six games remaining in the first half, while the Pelicans finish with seven games in six days.
Winston-Salem – RHP Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.74 ERA): Bassitt is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with five wins, and his earned run average is 12th-best on the circuit. However, the righty has struggled in his last five starts (1-2, 7.11 ERA). Prior to this funk, Bassitt was arguably the CL’s best pitcher through mid-May (4-0, 1.71 ERA). The former Akron Zip collected one of his team high-tying six quality starts during his only outing against Lynchburg in 2013. He went six innings and surrendered only two runs in a win over the Hillcats on April 23 at BB&T Ballpark.
Lynchburg – TBA: The Hillcats have yet to announce a starter. A roster move is expected in advance of tonight’s game.
- The Dash’s season-long six-game home winning streak came to an end on Monday. Winston-Salem, who suffered its first home loss of the month, outscored its opposition 46-17 during the streak.
- In Monday’s series opener, Winston spoiled a five-run lead, the largest advantage wasted in a Dash loss this season. The Dash had not wasted a lead bigger than last night’s five-run cushion since August 31, 2011, when Winston-Salem held a 7-1 lead in a game it lost to Salem by a score of 16-10.
- Winston-Salem matched a season high with three homers in Monday’s loss. The Dash are second in the Carolina League with 56 homers, which is one shy of Frederick for the circuit’s top spot.
- Joey DeMichele continued his recent tear with a 2-for-4 effort Monday. He boasts a 10-game hitting streak, which is one game shy of the longest by a Dash hitter this season. Both Mark Haddow and Rangel Ravelo have strung together a hitting streak of 11 games in 2013.
- Outfielder Courtney Hawkins continues to thrive since returning from the disabled list on June 2. The top prospect in the White Sox system hit his 12th homer in his 33rd game with Winston-Salem. Since his left shoulder injury fully healed, Hawkins is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with five homers and 14 RBIs.
- Congratulations to Double-A Birmingham on clinching the first half North Division title in the Southern League with a win over Jacksonville on Monday. More than half of the current Barons were with Winston-Salem last year on a team that many called the “best team I’ve ever been on.” Two Dash alums spoke out on Twitter about the accomplishment.
— Keenyn Walker (@Keenyn_Walker) June 10, 2013
— Kevin Vance (@SorryBoutIt10) June 10, 2013
The Pelicans and Frederick Keys continue their three-game set from TicketReturn.com Field tonight at 7:05. This season, Myrtle Beach is 6-3 against the Keys, who are now 3.5 games behind Potomac in the Northern Division. Thus, this is a huge game for Frederick, too. The Birds send Victor Payano (4-3, 3.86 ERA) to the hill against fellow southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (6-2, 2.94 ERA).
The White Sox squared off with Team USA in an exhibition game yesterday, and a 2012 Dash alum had the unique opportunity to suit up for United States.
Right-handed reliever Kevin Vance was an emergency pitcher for Team USA, just in case something happened to any of the club’s pitchers as Joe Torre’s crew prepares for the World Baseball Classic. Vance did not pitch in the game, but he was decked out in Red, White and Blue…
— Kevin Vance (@SorryBoutIt10) March 6, 2013
The Sox and Team USA ended up finishing the game at a 4-4 tie, and no major injuries were suffered in the game. Thus, it was a success. The experience will also be one that Vance never forgets. The squad even trusted him with an important job during batting practice…the bucket (gathering all of the baseballs hit into the outfield).
— Kevin Vance (@SorryBoutIt10) March 6, 2013
Vance shined with Winston-Salem in 2012, and he will have quite a story to tell around the Triad if he returns for the start of the 2013 campaign.
UPDATE: Also in this game, Dan Black, Brandon Short and Daniel Wagner appeared for Team USA. Wagner tweeted out this photo of it:
— Daniel Wagner (@danwag06) March 5, 2013
Congratulations to everyone involved!