Results tagged ‘ roster moves ’

Well, that was quick

Jarrett Casey struck out 11 in eight innings with Winston-Salem in 2014 (Erik Weasenforth/W-S Dash).

Jarrett Casey struck out 11 in eight innings with the Dash in 2014 (Erik Weasenforth/W-S Dash).

When the Dash’s Opening Day roster went public, one of the biggest surprises was left-hander Jarrett Casey. Casey jumped from Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham in early August of last year and helped the Barons win the Southern League championship.

Casey did not let his assignment to Winston-Salem get him down. In fact, Casey was the Dash’s best reliever for the season’s first three weeks; therefore, he has returned to Birmingham, the White Sox announced Tuesday morning.

In six appearances spanning eight scoreless innings, the Indianapolis native scattered five hits and struck out 11. He also collected two of the Dash’s three saves thus far this season. Casey stranded a pair in the ninth inning of the Dash’s 4-2 win at Salem on April 9. Four days later, he finished off Winston’s only other win on its first road trip by inducing a double play off the bat of Cody Stubbs to escape a jam in a 1-0 victory.

Casey is one of three Carolina League hurlers with a 0.00 earned run average and at least eight innings of work. He anchored a Dash bullpen that boasts a 1.85 earned run average and almost 12 strikeouts per nine innings.

As a result, the Dash’s roster sits at 24 players. Winston-Salem has today off before kicking off a seven-game road trip Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Potomac.

- Brian

More moves in the Dash’s bullpen

Dash righty Brandon Hardin is heading to the seven-day disabled list (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Dash righty Brandon Hardin is heading to the seven-day disabled list (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Two days after receiving left-hander Sean Bierman from Low-A Kannapolis, the Dash have added another former Intimidator southpaw to their bullpen. Sean Hagan will make his first trip to High-A, the White Sox announced Saturday morning. To make room for Hagan, the Sox placed right-hander Brandon Hardin on the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday.

A 31st-round pick from 2013, Hagan spent all of last season with short-season Great Falls, amassing a 6.19 earned run average in 17 relief efforts. He broke camp with Kannapolis and performed well in four outings. The St. John’s product surrendered just two runs in seven and two-thirds innings against South Atlantic League hitters.

Hardin, who has been a strong arm in the Dash’s bullpen over the last 12 months, has also made four appearances thus far this season. In three and a third innings, the Pinckneyville, Ill., native has given up just one run. Hardin’s last outing was last Saturday at Wilmington.

With the moves, the Dash’s roster sits at the Carolina League maximum of 25 players, along with four men on the disabled list. Stay tuned for a full preview of tonight’s game between the Dash and Salem Red Sox.

- Brian

Winston-Salem tweaks bullpen

After two outings in Kannapolis, southpaw Sean Bierman has made the leap to the Dash (photo via the Kannapolis Intimidators).

After two outings in Kannapolis, southpaw Sean Bierman has made the leap to the Dash (photo via the Kannapolis Intimidators).

The Dash’s roster has not changed much thus far this season, but the White Sox did announce a pair of promotions affecting the Winston-Salem bullpen on Thursday afternoon. Evan Crawford has jumped up to Double-A Birmingham after two efforts in the Carolina League, while fellow southpaw Sean Bierman has earned a spot in the Dash’s clubhouse after starting the season in Low-A Kannapolis.

Crawford, who logged 10 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, joined the White Sox organization via the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. He tossed two and two-thirds innings with Winston-Salem over two outings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on one hit. He will head to the Double-A level, where he has made 80 appearances over his seven-season minor league career.

Thanks to this promotion, the Dash have added another left-hander in Bierman, who made two starts with the Intimidators to begin the season. Bierman, who went 0-1 with a 7.00 earned run average in those efforts, was 11-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 31 outings with the Tampa Bay organization. He came over to the White Sox from the Rays as one of the players to be named later in the Jesse Crain trade, which was agreed to in July and completed in October.

As a result, the Dash’s roster remains at 25, with 13 of those men being pitchers. Winston-Salem aims to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Frederick Keys tonight at 7. A full preview is on the way later.

- Brian

Former big leaguer added to pitching staff

New Dash hurler Evan Crawford made 10 appearances with Toronto in 2012 (Keith Allison via Wikipedia).

New Dash hurler Evan Crawford made 10 appearances with Toronto in 2012 (Keith Allison via Wikipedia).

The White Sox announced a pair of moves affecting the Dash’s bullpen on Friday afternoon, including the addition of left-hander Evan Crawford. Crawford joined the White Sox organization via the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft after six years within Toronto’s system, which peaked in 2012 when he earned a promotion to the big leagues.

Crawford made his major league debut on April 15, 2012, and logged 10 outings with the Blue Jays. He posted a 6.75 earned run average in eight innings over 10 appearances.

The Alabama native spent much of the 2013 season with Toronto’s Double-A club in New Hampshire. He went 11-22 with a 4.02 ERA in 177 minor league appearances with the Blue Jays, who drafted Crawford in the eighth round in 2008.

To make room on the roster, the White Sox announced the release of righty Terance Marin, who finished his time in Chicago’s system with a 3.28 earned run average in 112 appearances. His last 68 efforts came with Winston-Salem, and he had a 2.42 ERA during the Dash’s spectacular 2012 season.

Marin made two appearances in 2014, and he surrendered 10 runs (four earned) in one inning.

The Dash kick off their four-game series at Wilmington tonight at 7:05. We’ll have a full preview later today.

- 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

Sunday shakeup

Jason Van Skike is headed to the DL after suffering a knee injury Friday night at Potomac (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jason Van Skike is headed to the DL after suffering a knee injury Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The Chicago White Sox announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Winston-Salem Dash’s roster. The first move was to place right-hander Jason Van Skike on the seven-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

Van Skike, who boasts a 2.80 earned run average in 30 appearances this season with Winston-Salem, was injured in Friday’s series finale at Potomac. He collided with Nationals infielder Adrian Sanchez while trying to cover home plate after a passed ball in the second inning. The former Indiana State Sycamore was taken out of the game immediately and replaced by Terance Marin.

To fill Van Skike’s spot on the roster, the Dash have received infielder Jake Brown from the Bristol White Sox of the Appalachian League. The Kansas State University product has split this season between Bristol and Kannapolis, hitting a combined .231 in 45 games between the B-Sox and the Intimidators.

A 30th round pick in 2012 by the White Sox, Brown will be playing at the High-A level for the first time in his career. He has seen action at both middle infield spots throughout his young minor league career and will provide depth up the middle for Winston-Salem.

Brown may be needed for a few days after Micah Johnson left Saturday’s game in the ninth inning due to a left shoulder injury. He is day-to-day at this point but is still on the active roster.

After last night’s walk-off grand slam by Joey DeMichele, the Dash will look to make it two straight over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and seven in a row overall this afternoon. Check back later for a preview of today’s game.

- Rob

First 2013 White Sox draftee reaches W-S

Brad Goldberg is averaging about one and a half strikeouts per inning (Photo via College Sports Feed)

Brad Goldberg is averaging about one and a half strikeouts per inning (Photo via College Sports Feed)

Less than three months after the White Sox selected him with their 10th round selection in the MLB Draft, right-hander Brad Goldberg has reached the High-A level. Goldberg earned a promotion from Low-A Kannapolis, the Sox announced Saturday afternoon. He is the first member of the White Sox 2013 draft class to climb to the Carolina League.

A former Ohio State Buckeye, Goldberg went 3-0 with a 1.42 earned run average in 25.1 innings over 12 relief appearances. He struck out 37 batters and limited opponents to a .120 average in his time in the South Atlantic League.

Before joining the Intimidators, Goldberg made two appearances with rookie-level Great Falls and twirled four scoreless innings over two efforts. In his minor league career, the Beachwood, Ohio, native has whiffed 44 men in 29.1 innings, which calculates to 13.5 batters per nine frames.

The Dash had an extra roster spot available, so Goldberg becomes the 25th man on the roster. No other moves were announced Saturday.

Winston-Salem’s bullpen just logged nine and two-thirds scoreless innings in a 3-2, 11-inning victory at Potomac on Friday. More on that game in our preview of tonight’s series opener with Myrtle Beach is on the way here on the Dash Board Blog.

- Brian

Jarrett Casey headed to Birmingham

Jarrett Casey was promoted to Double-A for the first time in his career Saturday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash.)

Opponents hit just .184 against Jarrett Casey during his time in the CL (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

For the first time in two-and-a-half weeks, a roster move tweaks the Dash’s roster, and it is great news for left-handed reliever Jarrett Casey. The Indianapolis native is heading up to Double-A Birmingham for the first time in his career.

The former 32nd-round pick had been bounced back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen during his first three minor league seasons before settling into Winston-Salem’s bullpen here in 2013.

The southpaw has pitched well all season, owning a 2-3 record and an ERA of 2.91 across 30 relief appearances. Carolina League hitters have hit just .184 against him, while lefties mustered just a mark of .146. Casey has shined since the All-Star break, posting a 1.31 in 10 second-half efforts.

The move leaves the Dash with one left-handed pitcher on the roster, Max Peterson, who tossed a scoreless eighth frame in last night’s 8-3 victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Winston’s roster also sits at 24 players, which is one shy of the league maximum.

Winston-Salem goes for a sweep of the Blue Rocks tonight at BB&T Ballpark. Check back later today for a preview of tonight’s series finale.

- Rob

Two bullpen moves

The Chicago White Sox have announced a pair of roster moves that will shuffle the Winston-Salem Dash’s bullpen around a little bit. The first move was to promote right-hander Joe Dvorsky from Low-A Kannapolis to Winston-Salem.

With the Intimidators in 2013, Dvorsky was 0-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 14 relief appearances. A 35th round pick by the White Sox in 2011 out of Texas State University, Dvorsky will be getting his first taste of High-A baseball in his young career.

To make room for Dvorsky on the roster, fellow righty Andrew Brackman has been placed on the disabled list. After starting the season in extended spring training, the former first round pick was activated on June 5.

The North Carolina State University product has made one appearance for the Dash this season, pitching two innings and giving up two runs against Wilmington in Winston-Salem’s 9-5 win on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark.

The Dash will play their final home game of the first half tonight at BB&T Ballpark as they wrap up their series with the Lynchburg Hillcats. You can find a preview of tonight’s rubber match here. Join Brian and I for the Pregame Dash at 6:45 here, with first pitch to follow at 7. Talk to you tonight!

- Rob

Two roster moves shake up outfield

Mark Haddow currently leads the Carolina League in games played (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Mark Haddow currently leads the Carolina League in games played (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The White Sox announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Dash’s outfield this afternoon. Mark Haddow is heading to the seven-day disabled list, while Josh Richmond is coming to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis.

A pitch from Wilmington starter Kyle Zimmer hit Haddow’s left hand in Friday’s first inning. The San Diego, Calif., native finished the game and came up with a pair of hits, but he has a left hand injury that will keep him out of action for a few weeks.

Haddow is currently the Carolina League’s leader in games played (60), but that will unfortunately change soon. Thus far this season, he is hitting .280, which is second on the club and 14th in the league among qualifiers. He has also hit three homers, driven in 26 runs and scored 41 times.

A former Texas farmhand, Richmond comes to Winston-Salem after a great start to his White Sox career in Kannapolis. Richmond hit .375 (21-for-56) with a homer and 11 RBIs in 14 games with the Intimidators.

Last season, Richmond was with Myrtle Beach here in the CL. He hit .178 with five long balls and 22 RBIs in 88 games with the Pelicans in 2012.

The Dash and Blue Rocks continue their three-game set tonight at 7. Join me on My 48 in Winston-Salem, or listen to Rob online here beginning at 6:45. Talk to you then.

- Brian


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