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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 World Series may come to an end tonight, but there is still plenty of news in the baseball world. Here are some of the top stories.
BASSITT, SEMIEN NAMED AFL ALL-STARS
Minor League Baseball holds many All-Star Games each year, but none are more exclusive than the Arizona Fall League’s showcase. The AFL itself is an exclusive collection of the game’s top prospects. Thus, the annual “Fall Stars Game” features the best of the best within the minor leagues.
Both Chris Bassitt and Marcus Semien will represent the White Sox in this prestigious exhibition, which can be seen Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT on MLB Network. Earlier this week, we discussed the success of former Winston-Salem players in the AFL. Bassitt and Semien have been two of the breakout White Sox prospects of 2013, so it is fitting that they receive this opportunity.
Bassitt has surrendered just one run in six relief appearances this fall. The former Akron Zip was a starter throughout the minor league season, amassing an 11-4 record with a 3.08 earned run average. He was a Carolina League All-Star and a Southern League champion.
Semien had a similar level of success at the top of the Chicago organization. Following a strong 2012 showing in Winston-Salem, Semien hit .290 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs en route to the Southern League’s Most Valuable Player Award while with Double-A Birmingham. He also earned promotions to Triple-A and the big leagues, where he held his own against the game’s best competition.
WHITE SOX SIGN CUBAN STAR ABREU
The White Sox front office stated that they were going to reload the big league roster following the club’s disappointing season. Before the true free agency period, the Sox have already added a huge piece to the present and the future.
Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has joined the White Sox thanks to a six-year, $68 million deal, the club announced Tuesday. Abreu shined in the World Baseball Classic earlier this year and in Cuba since 2007, but fans should be most excited about executive vice president Ken Williams’ quote about the 26-year-old.
“Well, he’s the only player that I’ve seen work out and then play in a game that I wanted to give a standing ovation to.”
Williams expounded upon these comments in that same piece from whitesox.com.
“It was the most professional exhibition of hitting and really defensive work the way he went about things. It was professional. It was focused. It was geared to not just impress, but impress the right way,” Williams said. “One of the things that we did not want to entertain was a guy who was just one dimensional. This guy is a hitter.”
The White Sox have a long way to go to rebound from a 99-loss campaign, but this is an important first step.
CRAZY BASEBALL STORIES
- San Diego State University’s baseball team played an exhibition game in Halloween costumes, and many national outlets picked up the story. Check out the crazy video, which includes Buddy the Elf with a plus glove at third base.
- The Cardinals had some trouble getting to Boston yesterday in advance of Game 6 of the World Series. A mechanical issue on the team’s plane brought about a seven-hour delay; therefore, the Cards arrived at their hotel around midnight EDT.
You can read the entire account of the long travel day, including some funny tweets and comments from team members, here.
The Dash’s 2014 schedule has been released, and we will break down some of the biggest games of the season tomorrow on the blog. Talk to you then.
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.
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 MiLB.com 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? TopProspectAlert.com 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.
Moment #4 – September 3
Four alumni promoted to big leagues
At times, cheering for a Minor League Baseball team can be frustrating. Many players advance to a higher level once they become fan favorites due to their production. However, this fandom frustration goes away whenever one of this temporary favorites jump to the highest level.
The 2013 season was a great one for Dash alumni. In early July, Josh Phegley became the 13th Dash alum to play in Major League Baseball, and he began the pipeline from Winston to the bigs. Andre Rienzo followed suit later that month.
However, with respect to these four men and their incredible accomplishments, the biggest day in terms of big league promotions came the day after the Dash concluded their 2013 season. It’s one thing to see four alumni climb to baseball’s grandest stage during the course of the season. It’s much different to hear four former players moving to the big leagues on one day, which is something the White Sox strongly hinted a few days before the official transactions.
Locker stalls up for Erik Johnson, Marcus Semien, Miguel Gonzalez and Daniel Webb in clubhouse
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 2, 2013
Because of Chicago’s rare rough season, the front office aimed to get some young players a taste of the Majors. Miguel Gonzalez, Erik Johnson, Marcus Semien and Daniel Webb benefited from this opportunity with a month of big league experience.
All four players flashed the potential that Winston-Salem fans witnessed over the last few years. Here are their numbers after earning promotions:
- Gonzalez: .222 (2-for-9) in 5 games
- Johnson: 3-2, 3.25 ERA, 27.2 IP, 18 K in 5 starts
- Semien: .261 (18-for-69), 2 HR, 7 RBI in 21 games
- Webb: 0-0, 3.18 ERA, 11.1 IP, 10 K in 9 appearances
The Winston-to-Chicago pipeline had never been busier than it was in 2013, and never was that fact more evident than immediately after the regular season came to an end in the minors. Four men who suited up for the Dash in either 2012 or 2013 were big leaguers. It does not get much better than that.
Only three more moments remain in our Dash Top 10. What will number three be? Find out tomorrow.
Thanks to four White Sox promotions, the Dash made some history Tuesday night. Four Dash alumni–catcher Miguel Gonzalez, right-hander Erik Johnson, infielder Marcus Semien and righty Daniel Webb–earned their first career promotions to The Show.
None of these newcomers saw the field in their first MLB game, but Johnson will be on the bump tonight in New York against former Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia and the Yankees.
With the Sox out of the playoff chase, attention turns to the prospects, and Johnson is arguably the top farmhand in Chicago’s system. Fans are understandably excited for his debut tonight.
Pretty excited to watch Erik Johnson pitch tomorrow night.
— Mike (@MikeSox56) September 3, 2013
Erik Johnson gets the start tomorrow against a revitalized Yankees team. Nice slider and will pound strike zone. Anxious to see what he does
— Rich Wilson (@RichWilsonFSG) September 3, 2013
Good morning, . @whitesox fans. Welcome to the ErikJohnson Era!
— SoxNerd (@SoxNerd) September 4, 2013
@DanHayesCSN is it wrong to be so pumped by the arrival of Erik Johnson?????
— j (@jimturano22) September 3, 2013
— MLB Jersey Numbers (@NumbersMLB) September 3, 2013
— SoxNerd (@SoxNerd) September 3, 2013
A year ago tomorrow, Johnson started Game 1 of the Southern Division Championship Series for the Dash. At 7:05 p.m., Puma will be making his MLB debut against one of baseball’s best pitchers over the last decade. This is quite a climb for a great pitcher and a great guy.
The minor league regular season wraps up Monday, so playoff races are winding down while All-Star teams are announced. It is no surprise, then, that there has been plenty of activity within the White Sox system. Here are some notes:
- Triple-A Charlotte concludes its 24-year run at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C., this weekend. The Knights will move to the second BB&T Ballpark in Minor League Baseball for next season. The new facility will be in downtown Charlotte, and the organization is already gearing up for the big opening.
- At the Double-A level, a pair of 2012 Winston-Salem alumni were honored earlier today. First baseman Dan Black and shortstop Marcus Semien have earned spots on the Southern League’s Year-End All-Star team. The 2012 Carolina League MVP, Black is hitting .289 with 17 homers and 81 RBIs, numbers that are very similar to his efforts here in the Triad last year (.315, 17 HR, 88 RBIs).
- Prior to his promotion to Triple-A earlier this month, Semien was an MVP candidate in the SL. The former California star hit .290 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs in 105 games with the Barons. Since joining the Knights, Semien is a .246 hitter with four long balls and 14 RBIs.
- Plus, Semien’s 108 total runs between Birmingham (90) and Charlotte (18) are good for a share of the top spot in all of Minor League Baseball. He is tied with highly-touted prospects Byron Buxton (Minnesota) and Chris Taylor (Seattle) in this category.
- In short-season baseball, Great Falls continued their impressive playoff streak Friday night. In their regular season home finale, the Voyagers clinched a postseason berth for the seventh consecutive season with an 8-7 victory over Billings.
- Thus, Great Falls will join Birmingham as White Sox affiliates in the playoffs. Like the Dash, Charlotte, Kannapolis and Bristol will not be vying for a league crown next week.
Winston-Salem will open a three-game set in Wilmington tonight at 6:05. Stay tuned for a preview of the Dash’s final series opener of the season.
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.
With his three RBIs in the Dash’s 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Salem Red Sox last night, Winston-Salem infielder Chris Curley boosted his total to 88 runs batted in this season. He is nine RBIs ahead of Salem outfielder Keury De La Cruz, who has the second-most on the circuit with 79. Not only has Curley’s total put him atop the CL leaderboard, but it has him ranking highly in all of Class A baseball:
1. Adam Brett Walker II- 103 (Cedar Rapids, Low-A for Minnesota)
T-2. Andrew Aplin- 98 (Lancaster, High-A for Houston)
T-2. Dalton Hicks- 98 (Fort Myers, High-A for Minnesota)
4. Dustin Lawley- 89 (St. Lucie, High-A for NY Mets)
5. Chris Curley- 88
The Dash lead the CL with 103 home runs this season, 22 of which have come from Curley. His 22 bombs also rank him atop the CL and in the top five in all of High-A baseball:
T-1. Dustin Lawley- 25 (St. Lucie, NY Mets)
T-1. Scott Schebler- 25 (Rancho Cucamonga, LA Dodgers)
T-3. Zach Borenstein- 23 (Inland Empire, LA Angels)
T-3. Michael Snyder- 23 (Inland Empire)
5. Chris Curley- 22
Dash leadoff man Micah Johnson has had himself a terrific season both with Low-A Kannapolis and since he was promoted to Winston-Salem on July 3. The speedy second baseman leads all of Minor League Baseball in runs scored and steals this season, edging out Dash alum and current Charlotte Knight Marcus Semien in runs:
1. Micah Johnson- 102
2. Marcus Semien- 100 (Charlotte, Triple-A for Chicago White Sox)
Johnson also leads the minors in steals, and has a healthy lead in that category, including on Louisville’s Billy Hamilton, who set a single-season record for stolen bases in 2012:
1. Micah Johnson- 79
2. Travis Jankowski- 71 (Lake Elsinore, High-A for San Diego)
3. Billy Hamilton- 69 (Louisville, Triple-A for Cincinnati)
The Dash lead the Carolina League in total runs (624) and runs per game (5.2). Despite the lofty numbers of Curley and Johnson, those two have not done it by themselves. Winston-Salem has 6 players with more than 50 RBI this season, more than any other team on the circuit.
All of them rank in the top 16 of the CL in RBIs: Curley (88, 1st), Jeremy Farrell (66, T-5th), Courtney Hawkins (62, 7th), Kevan Smith (60, 8th), Rangel Ravelo (53, T-13th) and Grant Buckner (51, T-16th).
Although the offense has sputtered a little bit as of late, it seems like only a matter of time before this offense begins clicking again. They will try to turn their recent struggles around tonight against Salem in game two of a three-game series at BB&T Ballpark. Check back later for a preview of tonight’s contest.
July was a good month for Winston-Salem Dash alums as Josh Phegley and Andre Rienzo both made their major league debuts. Other alums have been progressing as well, led by infielder Marcus Semien. He was promoted from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte earlier today.
The 2012 Dash alum has had an excellent campaign for the Barons, leading the Southern League in hits (114), runs (90), walks (84), on-base percentage (.420) and total bases (190).
The 90 runs is also good for the second-best total in all of Minor League Baseball, behind only Winston-Salem’s Micah Johnson. His numbers have been so good he has garnered some MVP consideration:
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) August 1, 2013
Semien joins fellow 2012 Dash alum Michael Earley up in Triple-A after Earley was promoted a few weeks ago. The Indiana University product was hitting .282 with 29 RBIs at the time of his promotion, and has driven in five runs in his first 11 contests as Charlotte’s everyday left fielder.
Also, outfielder Brandon Short, who spent all of 2010 and part of 2012 here in Winston-Salem, was released by Chicago a few weeks ago. He was signed yesterday by the Cincinnati Reds and assigned to their Double-A affiliate in Pensacola.
Short, who had been playing with Birmingham in 2013, got a lot of support from his former teammates on Twitter, including Chris Bassitt, who was promoted to Double-A a few weeks ago:
Congrats to @bshort386 He definitely deserved another shot. So happy for you. Best of luck man. Take it easy on us!
— Chris Bassitt (@C_Bass419) August 1, 2013
congratulations to my brother @bshort386 on the new beginning..! Wish you the best of luck and looking forward to see you in couple day..
— Salvador Sanchez (@Salvadors13) August 1, 2013
Many of his former teammates will have the opportunity to offer their congratulations in person very soon as the Barons welcome Short and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to town tomorrow for the beginning of a five-game series.
Another former White Sox farmhand has found himself a new home as righty Ryan Buch has latched on with the Colorado Rockies’ organization. Buch, who has pitched in Winston-Salem in each of the past three seasons, started with High-A Modesto and has now made his way to the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers.
The Dash are back at BB&T Ballpark tonight to open up a six-game homestand against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Check back later for the preview of today’s series opener.