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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

Former Yankee, NC State product activated

(Photo by Robert Willett/The News & Observer)

(Photo by Robert Willett/The News & Observer)

The Chicago White Sox announced Wednesday that right-handed pitcher Andrew Brackman has been activated from the Winston-Salem Dash’s disabled list and will join the team in Salem.

The former first-round pick made it to the major leagues in September of 2011, appearing in three games for the New York Yankees late that season. In those three outings, the righty did not surrender a run in two and one-third innings of work.

Following a release by New York after the 2011 season, Brackman signed with the Cincinnati Reds, where he spent time last season with High-A Bakersfield and Triple-A Louisville. The White Sox signed the right-hander during the offseason, and he has spent the entire season on the disabled list.

The former first round pick was the 30th overall pick by the Yankees in the 2007 draft after pitching at North Carolina State University for three seasons. With the Wolfpack, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native compiled an 11-7 record and a 3.81 ERA. The program reached the NCAA Tournament in all three of Brackman’s seasons.

In his minor league career, Brackman is 17-35 with a 5.35 ERA in 123 appearances, 66 of which were starts. He has 38 games worth of Triple-A experience.

To make room for Brackman’s activation from the disabled list, the White Sox announced that righty J.R. Ballinger was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. In 11 appearances with Winston-Salem this season, Ballinger owned a 2.92 ERA. This will be his second stint with the Barons this season.

- Rob

Yesterday’s roster move; Heisler still first

Mark Tracy left Monday's twin bill opener with an ankle injury (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Mark Tracy left Monday’s twin bill opener with an ankle injury (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

It was a tough Monday for the Dash in the Roanoke Valley. Winston-Salem dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Salem, and designated hitter Mark Tracy left the opener with an ankle sprain. He suffered this injury while advancing to second on a wild pitch in the game’s third inning.

As a result, Tracy was placed on the seven-day disabled list in between games of the doubleheader, and outfielder Adam Heisler was activated after a knee injury kept him out for two weeks.

As the two-hole hitter in game two, Heisler went 1-for-4 with a run scored to extend his on-base streak, which we have been keeping tabs on here, here and here. It now sits at 42 games dating back to the 2012 season, and Heisler’s time on the shelf did not cost him Minor League Baseball’s top spot in this category.

In fact, Heisler has a significant lead on second place in the minors among active on-base streaks. Take a look:

1. Winston-Salem’s Adam Heisler – 42
2. Toledo’s Jordan Lennerton – 35
3. Greenville’s Mookie Betts – 27
4. Norfolk’s Travis Ishikawa – 26

Among active on-base streaks longer than 20 games, Heisler’s is the only one that spans the entire 2013 season. He has reached safely in all 20 games with Winston-Salem after finding his way aboard at least once in his 19 games with Low-A Kannapolis. The Mobile, Ala., native also finished the 2012 campaign with three games of at least one trip on the bases while in Great Falls.

The Dash and Salem Red Sox continue their five-game, four-day series with a 7:05 clash tonight. Listen live beginning at 6:50 here. Talk to you then.

- Brian


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