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Hawkins placed on seven-day disabled list

It has been a rough few days for Winston-Salem. One day after shortstop Tim Anderson and right-hander Frank Montas were placed on the disabled list, outfielder Courtney Hawkins has joined them. Hawkins will be out at least the next seven days after crashing into the wall in left field on Wednesday night at Myrtle Beach.

Here is a look at the full play that has sidelined Hawkins:

Infielder Nick Basto has been activated to take Hawkins’ spot on the 25-man roster. Basto has not played in Winston-Salem since late May. He was a member of the Dash’s Opening Day roster and has hit .293 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 42 games in the Carolina League.

A full preview of Thursday’s finale at Myrtle Beach will be available on the blog later this afternoon.

– Brian

Some very relevant roster moves

Tyler Danish will return to action on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tyler Danish will return to action on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The White Sox announced some important roster moves that affect the Dash’s roster on Wednesday. Let’s take a look at these transactions one at a time.

  • As expected, right-hander Tyler Danish’s stint on the disabled list was a short one. He has been activated and will start for Winston-Salem on Wednesday night at Myrtle Beach. Danish, who has only pitched once since June 9, owns a 4-1 record and a 2.70 earned run average in his 13 starts between Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem. He will face first-place Myrtle Beach for the first time in Wednesday’s middle match on the Grand Strand.
  • Unfortunately for Winston-Salem, righty Frank Montas has been placed on the disabled list with a right knee injury, and reports say that he will need surgery. Montas had briefly qualified for the Carolina League’s ERA lead thanks to his 1.60 mark in 10 starts with the Dash. Thus, Montas will not participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game next weekend.
  • The Dash have also suffered a notable blow on the infield. Shortstop Tim Anderson has been officially added to the disabled list due to a fractured right wrist and will miss four to six weeks, per Scott Merkin. Through Tuesday’s action, Anderson is eighth in the Carolina League with a .297 batting average to go along with six homers, 31 RBIs, 48 runs and 10 stolen bases.
  • Winston-Salem has received an infield replacement in Cleuluis Rondon, whom the White Sox acquired via the Jake Peavy trade with Boston a year ago. With Kannapolis, Rondon hit .233 with 16 RBIs and 35 runs scored in 77 games. However, his strength is defense, and he is one of the best defenders in the system. He will likely take over as the Dash’s everyday shortstop.

Stay tuned for a full preview of Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans.

– Brian

Game #76 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #76 – Road Game #39
Winston-Salem Dash (3-3, 33-42) at Frederick Keys (1-5, 33-40)
Wednesday, June 25 – 7 p.m.
Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.) 


The Dash avoided a sweep at Lynchburg Tuesday by defeating the Hillcats, 3-1. Keon Barnum and Courtney Hawkins each blasted solo homers in the win.

Grant Buckner is hitting .281 thus far this season (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Grant Buckner is hitting .281 thus far this season (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).


Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Grant Buckner – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
Terance Marin – RHP


  • The White Sox announced some roster moves affecting the Dash before Wednesday’s action. Keenyn Walker has been activated from the disabled list, while fellow outfielder Adam Heisler has been placed on the restricted list. Walker is hitting .194 (7-for-36) with three RBIs and four runs in 13 games with Winston-Salem since rejoining the club from Double-A Birmingham, where he began the season. Heisler owns a .283 mark with two homers and nine RBIs in his 33 games with the Dash.
  • On the pitching side, righty Tyler Danish, the White Sox second-round pick, was placed on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury, and the move is retroactive to Monday. This is simply precautionary, and it is not expected to keep Danish out of action for long, manager Tommy Thompson said Wednesday. Kannapolis right-hander David Putman will take Danish’s spot on the Dash’s pitching staff. He was 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 relief appearances with the Intimidators.
  • Tony Bucciferro allowed only one run, four hits and a walk in seven strong innings Tuesday night. The right-hander retired the first 10 Lynchburg batters he faced and recorded six strikeouts in the contest.
  • Bucciferro paces the Carolina League in innings pitched (92.1), seven innings ahead of Frederick’s Branden Kline for the top spot in the circuit. The former Michigan State star has logged ten quality starts this season.
  • First baseman Keon Barnum finished the three-game series at Lynchburg with a .500 batting average (6-for-12), and has now hit safely in nine of his last ten contests. The 21-year-old’s fifth inning homer was his first dinger since May 30, a span of 21 games.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins launched his 12th homer of the season Tuesday, tying him with teammate Jason Coats for the most among active Carolina League players. The duo trails former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo by nine for the top spot in the circuit.
  • Euclides Leyer registered his third save of the season with two scoreless innings on Tuesday. The current corps of Winston-Salem relievers has only converted eight of their 21 save opportunities in 2014.
  • With Tuesday’s win, the Dash are now 24-12 in games where they tally the initial run of the game. That includes a 13-8 road mark when denting the scoreboard first.
  • The Dash have struggled against Frederick in 2014, dropping seven of the first 11 meetings between the clubs. Winston-Salem has historically fared well at Harry Grove Stadium, however, winning 15 of 22 contests at the Keys’ home since 2012.
  • Terance Marin will look to keep the momentum rolling from his fantastic outing last week. In his return to Winston-Salem, the right-hander pitched a career-high seven innings and struck out a career-best ten batters in a 5-1 victory over Salem on Sunday. In two stints with the Dash this year, Marin is 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in three appearances.
  • Right-hander Frank Montas, who is scheduled to pitch Thursday at Frederick, was recently named to the World Team roster for the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis. Read more about the prestigious honor here.


Tonight’s game is available live on The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7.

– Brian and Dave

Familiar face rejoins Winston-Salem

The newest member of the Dash summed up the news pretty well on Twitter.

Indeed, right-hander Terance Marin is back with Winston-Salem, the White Sox announced Friday morning. Originally signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, Marin was in the system until April 9 when he was released from the Dash’s roster. Less than three months later, Marin is back in the system and in the Dash’s rotation. He will start for Winston in its middle match against Salem on Friday.

Marin did not give up on his professional aspirations. The Newman, Calif., native signed with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League, and he dominated to the tune of a 4-1 record and a 2.05 earned run average in six starts.

His short stint in Evansville was stellar. Check out some of these numbers, courtesy of Evansville broadcaster Mike Radomski:

  • Marin took a no-hitter into the fifth inning in three of his six outings with the Otters.
  • The righty whiffed 11 batters in back-to-back outings on May 24 and May 30.
  • Marin averaged more than six and a half innings per start. His affiliated career high is 6.2 frames, though he did not start many games in the Minors.

With Marin’s addition, the Dash’s roster is at the Carolina League maximum of 25. He will be the 11th hurler to start a game for Winston-Salem this season.

Stay tuned for a full preview of Friday’s clash against Salem here on the Dash Board.

– Brian

Roster, rotation tweaks for second half

Martin Medina has earned his first career promotion to Double-A (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Martin Medina has earned his first career promotion to Double-A (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

After a three-day All-Star break, the Dash are back in action Thursday night for the first of three against the Salem Red Sox at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash will have a different look when they take the field at 7 p.m. thanks to some roster moves and a new rotation.

The White Sox announced the following roster moves that affect the Dash’s roster on Wednesday:

– C Martin Medina promoted to Double-A Birmingham from Winston-Salem
– RHP Myles Jaye promoted to Double-A Birmingham from Winston-Salem
– OF Keenyn Walker placed on seven-day disabled list (retroactive to 6/16)
– INF Nick Basto returns from extended spring training and is placed on seven-day disabled list
– OF Adam Heisler activated from seven-day disabled list
– C Omar Narvaez promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis

Congratulations to both Martin and Myles on their promotions to Double-A. Both are tremendous players and people, and we are thrilled to see them move up to the Southern League.

The White Sox did make some unfortunate moves, releasing outfielder Joe De Pinto and infielder Michael Johnson, both of whom logged time in Winston-Salem. Both men were with Birmingham at the time of their release.

Finally, the Dash’s starting rotation is almost set for the second half. Here is how it looks, with one slot still to fill:

Thursday – RHP Tony Bucciferro
Friday – To be announced
Saturday – RHP Frank Montas
Sunday – RHP Tyler Danish
Monday – RHP J.B. Wendelken

At this point, we are still waiting to see if Friday’s rotation spot will be filled by a current member of the Dash’s pitching staff or with the available spot that Winston-Salem has on its roster, which currently sits at 24 players.

Stay tuned for a full preview of Thursday’s second-half lid-lifter.

– Brian

Walker rejoins Winston-Salem

Keenyn Walker was an important part of the 2012 Winston-Salem club (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Keenyn Walker was an important part of the 2012 Winston-Salem club (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The Dash will add yet another prospect to their roster, the White Sox announced Monday afternoon. The club has assigned outfielder Keenyn Walker to Winston-Salem from Double-A Birmingham.

As a result, Winston-Salem now boasts 10 of the White Sox top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America. Walker checks in as the 23rd-best farmhand in the organization.

He joins Tim Anderson (3), Courtney Hawkins (6), Jacob May (9), Tyler Danish (10), Keon Barnum (14), Braulio Ortiz (20), Myles Jaye (24), Brad Goldberg (28) and Frank Montas (29) as ranked prospects in the Winston-Salem clubhouse.

Walker was hitting .155 with 11 stolen bases and 15 runs scored in 32 games with Birmingham, where the Salt Lake City, Utah, native spent all of 2013. The speedster was with the Dash toward the tail end of the 2012 season, during which Winston-Salem went to the Mills Cup Finals. In 37 games within the Carolina League, Walker hit .238 with three homers, 16 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

To make room for Walker, fellow outfielder Adam Heisler was placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday). Heisler is hitting .277 with two homers, eight RBIs and 13 runs in 30 games this year.

Stay tuned for a full preview of the Dash’s homestand finale with Lynchburg.

– Brian

Plenty of roster moves announced Tuesday

Brandon Hardin is heading to Double-A for the first time (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Brandon Hardin is heading to Double-A for the first time in his career (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The Dash’s roster looks a bit different now than it did when the club was concluding its road trip in Lynchburg on Monday. Here is a look at what the White Sox announced Tuesday morning:

  • RHP Brandon Hardin promoted to Double-A Birmingham from Winston-Salem
  • RHP Myles Jaye assigned to Winston-Salem from Double-A Birmingham
  • INF Zach Voight promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis
  • INF Nick Basto assigned to extended spring training from Winston-Salem

Hardin thrived in the back end of the Dash’s bullpen. He posted a 1.32 earned run average in 13.2 innings over 14 outings. The former Delta State product concludes this stint with Winston-Salem by recording a streak of seven consecutive scoreless outings, during which he logged four saves. He becomes the sixth Dash player promoted to Double-A or Triple-A thus far this season.

Jaye rejoins Winston-Salem after beginning the season with the Barons, which is where he finished the 2013 season. Jaye started the final game of Birmingham’s run to the Southern League Championship, a deciding Game 5 against Mobile last September. Thus far this season, Jaye struggled in the SL, posting an 0-6 record to go along with a 6.32 ERA. However, the former Toronto farmhand was stellar with the Dash in 2013. He went 9-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts in the Triad.

Voight will play in the Carolina League for the first time. In 26 games with the Intimidators, Voight hit .237 with one homer and eight RBIs. A 20th-round pick in 2012, the Denton, Texas, native led all White Sox farmhands with a .320 average and a .417 on-base percentage with rookie-level Great Falls a year ago.

Basto has been strong at the plate for Winston-Salem thus far this year. He leads all qualifying hitters on the club with a .293 average, and he also has driven in 20 runs.

Stay tuned for a full preview of Tuesday’s homestand opener with Potomac.

– Brian

One promotion out; another promotion in

Bryan Blough picked up four saves before heading to Double-A Birmingham (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Bryan Blough saved four games before joining Double-A Birmingham (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Four days ago, the Dash went through a double promotion, with Tyler Danish joining Winston-Salem from Kannapolis when Mike Recchia jumped to Double-A Birmingham.

On Monday morning, the White Sox announced a similar move, this time within the Dash’s bullpen. Right-hander Bryan Blough is heading to Double-A for the first time. In a corresponding move, southpaw Jose Bautista is set for his first stint in the Carolina League.

Blough has been with Winston-Salem since August of 2012, when he joined the Dash during their push to the Mills Cup Finals. He was an integral part of the Dash’s bullpen during that stretch run, and he became the Opening Day starter for Winston-Salem in 2013. Blough led the CL and finished second in the Minor Leagues with 172.2 innings pitched. He also paced the league in starts (28) and finished tied for the top spot in wins (11).

This season, Blough returned to the bullpen and posted a 1.93 earned run average in 13 appearances. He also logged four saves in five tries.

Bautista boasted a 0.92 earned run average in 10 appearances out of the Intimidators’ bullpen this year. The Dominican Republic native struck out 26 in 19.2 innings. He signed with the White Sox as an international free agent in 2009.

The Dash are enjoying their only day off this month on Monday. Winston-Salem embarks on an eight-game, seven-day road trip Tuesday.

– Brian

Danish, Recchia moving up

Tyler Danish has not given up a run in his last 22 innings (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators).

Tyler Danish has not given up a run in his last 22 innings (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators).

Minor Leaguers’ primary goal is to advance in their organization. Two White Sox farmhands have jumped a level, the club announced Thursday. Tyler Danish, Chicago’s second-round pick in 2013, has joined the Dash from Low-Kannapolis, while fellow righty Mike Recchia is heading to Double-A Birmingham for the first time in his career.

Danish sizzled in the South Atlantic League to the tune of a 3-0 record and a 0.71 earned run average. The Florida native boasts the lowest ERA among active, qualifying Minor League pitchers. Chase Anderson does still qualify with a 0.69 ERA, but he was recently promoted to Arizona from Double-A Mobile.

Though he was strong in all seven outings with Kannapolis, Danish dominated in his final four efforts. He concluded his time with the Intimidators by rattling off 22 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to April 23.

In 22 career appearances in the Minor Leagues, Danish owns a 0.93 ERA (seven earned runs in 68 innings). The 19-year-old was drafted out of Durant High School in Plant City, Fla.

Danish will take Recchia’s spot in the rotation; therefore, the righty is slated to begin his High-A career Sunday at home against Frederick.

Recchia also thrived in seven starts before his promotion. He went 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA, which is good for the ninth-lowest mark in the Carolina League. The Worth, Ill., native also sits second in the CL and fourth in all of High-A baseball with 47 strikeouts.

This time last season, Recchia was in independent baseball with the Windy City ThunderBolts. The White Sox inked him to a deal in June, and he made 12 starts with the Dash from early August of 2013 until his final outing Tuesday in Myrtle Beach. He went 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA, capping his time in the CL with back-to-back seven-inning showings.

A key to Recchia’s success this season was his ability to shut down the first batter of the inning. He pitched 40.1 innings, which means he started 41 frames. Only five of those 41 leadoff hitters reached against him (three singles, one walk and one hit by pitch).

Fans can hear from Recchia on tonight’s Pregame Dash, which begins at 6:45 on 600 AM-WSJS in Winston-Salem. Stay tuned for a preview of tonight’s series lid-lifter against Frederick, which will be posted here on the Dash Board later today.

– Brian

Anderson activated from disabled list

Tim Anderson spent 11 days on the disabled list before Saturday's activation (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tim Anderson spent 12 days on the DL before Sunday’s activation (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

As anticipated by manager Tommy Thompson on Friday, Winston-Salem shortstop Tim Anderson has been activated from the disabled list in advance of Sunday’s action.

Anderson has not played since April 28 at Salem, during which he injured his left shoulder. With a runner at second, Nick Basto completed a 5-3 putout, and Anderson went to cover third base. The runner charged toward third after Basto’s throw, and Anderson slipped after reaching back for an errant throw from first baseman Keon Barnum.

The White Sox first-round pick in 2013, Anderson has played 22 games with Winston-Salem thus far this season. He is hitting .250 with one homer, six RBIs and 16 runs scored. He still owns a share of second place in the Carolina League in triples with four.

To make room for Anderson, fellow infielder Justin Jirschele has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. Jirschele was also on the DL throughout the month of April. He made his 2014 and High-A debut on May 1 and hit 8-for-15, including 2-for-2 in the game that will be completed on Sunday.

Anderson takes Jirschele’s spot in the order in this contest. He will be in the seven slot and act as the Dash’s designated hitter.

Tune into Sunday’s de facto doubleheader at

– Brian