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Semien promotion caps big month for Dash alums

Marcus Semien was called-up to Triple-A Charlotte today, after posting MVP-like numbers in Birmingham (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Marcus Semien was called-up to Triple-A Charlotte today after posting MVP-like numbers in Birmingham in 105 games this season (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

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:

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. 

Brandon Short will be taking on some of his old teammates this weekend as his new team, Pensacola, travels to Birmingham (Saul McSween/W-S Dash).

Brandon Short will be taking on some of his old teammates this weekend as his new team, Pensacola, travels to Birmingham (Saul McSween/W-S Dash).

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:

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.

– Rob

Pair of roster moves tweaks rotation

Righty Jake Cose is set to join the Dash's rotation upon his arrival from Kannapolis (Ray Marsden/Intimidators).

Righty Jake Cose is set to join the Dash’s rotation upon his arrival (Ray Marsden/Kannapolis Intimidators).

The Chicago White Sox have announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Dash’s rotation this afternoon. Right-handed starter Jake Cose has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis after shining in the South Atlantic League.

In his 10 starts with the Intimidators, Cose posted a SAL-leading 1.72 ERA, which is 10th-lowest among qualifiers in all of Minor League Baseball. He also paces all White Sox farmhands in ERA. The Stockton, Calif., native is 4-3 with 63 strikeouts in 57.2 innings thus far this season.

The former 27th round pick’s most recent start was Wednesday at Lexington, during which he blanked the Legends over seven innings for the win. Two efforts ago, Cose fanned a career-high 13 in six innings of work against the Hickory Crawdads, an outing that garnered some national attention.

Cose will enter the Dash’s starting rotation upon his arrival in the Triad, joining Myles Jaye as the second starter to jump from the Intimidators’ rotation to Winston-Salem’s in 2013. His first scheduled start for the Dash has not been officially announced, but he will likely pitch early in the club’s road series at Salem next week.

To make room for Cose, the White Sox have released right-hander Ryan Buch. The former eighth-round selection started the season in the bullpen with Double-A Birmingham but was transferred to Winston-Salem on May 14 to join the rotation. Buch made three starts for the Dash this season, going 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA.

Join Brian and I tonight as the Dash open up a three-game weekend series from BB&T Ballpark against the Carolina Mudcats. Winston-Salem has not lost a home set to Cleveland’s Carolina League affiliate since 2007. The Pregame Dash begins here at 6:45, and first pitch follows at 7. Talk to you tonight!

– Rob

Roster moves shuffle pitching staff

Myles Jaye

Myles Jaye has been called up from Kannapolis to start tonight (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images).

The Chicago White Sox have announced four roster moves today that will affect the Dash’s roster. With Winston-Salem having an open spot in the rotation after both Terance Marin and Justin Collop were removed late last week, the Dash didn’t have a scheduled starter for today’s series opener against Myrtle Beach. To fix that, right-hander Myles Jaye is being called up from Low-A Kannapolis to start tonight and fill one of those two spots.

So far this year with the Intimidators, Jaye has pitched very well. The Fayetteville, Ga. native has compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.20 ERA in seven starts. In April, Jaye went 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA over 30 innings. Tonight will mark the former Toronto farmhand’s first career appearance in High-A ball.

The other new pitcher coming to Winston-Salem is not new to Dash fans at all, as righty Ryan Buch makes his way back to the Carolina League after spending parts of each of the last two seasons here in Winston-Salem. Buch was transferred from Double-A Birmingham, where he had a 4.91 ERA in five appearances out of the Barons’ bullpen. In his career with the Dash, the Monmouth University product has a 8-9 record and a 5.60 ERA in 33 appearances, 21 of which have been starts.

To make room for these moves, the Dash have sent right-hander Stew Brase back down to Kannapolis, where he appeared in 38 games last season. Brase started this season at extended spring training before making his way to Winston-Salem. In his time with the Dash, the La Grange, Ill., native sported a 5.19 ERA in six efforts out of the bullpen.

In addition to Brase’s departure to the South Atlantic League, Collop has been released by the White Sox. The former Toledo Rocket started six games for Winston this season, going 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA. He was Chicago’s sixth-round pick in 2009.

Join Brian and I here for the Pregame Dash at 6:45 p.m. as the Dash open up a three-game series against first-place Myrtle Beach. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Talk to you then!

– Rob

Dash Bullpen In Flux Again

(Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

The Dash’s bullpen has been the most dynamic part of the roster this season. Relievers have come and gone more than any aspect of the roster. Today, two more relievers earned promotions, with Ryan Buch heading to Double-A Birmingham and Bryan Blough returning to the Triad from Low-A Kannapolis.

Buch is heading to the Southern League for the first time in his career. In 22 appearances this season, Buch is 4-5 with a 6.21 earned run average. He joined the bullpen at the tail end of the first half and struggled for a few outings in that role. However, the former eighth-round pick has allowed only three runs on eight hits in his last seven appearances spanning eight frames.

After his second stint in the South Atlantic League, Blough returns to Winston-Salem, where he went 2-0 with a 4.40 ERA in seven appearances. With the Intimidators, Blough was 2-6 with an ERA of 4.23 in 32 appearances, six of which were starts.

The Dash are back at BB&T Ballpark for the first of four against the Lynchburg Hillcats tonight at 7:00. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45 here.

– Brian

Winston-Salem’s DL Thins By Two

Brandon Short is back with the Dash after a stellar 2010 season in Winston (Saul McSween/W-S Dash).

The Dash’s disabled list has been jam-packed lately, but fortunately the club has received two men who were battling back from injuries. This morning, the White Sox announced that right-handed hurler Ryan Buch (right shoulder inflammation) has been activated from the disabled list after almost one month on the shelf. Also, outfielder Brandon Short (left shoulder dislocation) is off the DL and joining the Dash for the first time this season.

Buch has been on a roller coaster ride here in 2012. After beginning the season in Winston-Salem’s rotation, the former eighth-round pick joined the bullpen late in the first half. During the All-Star Break, Buch was sent to Low-A Kannapolis to get more work in out of the ‘pen, and he thrived to the tune of one earned run allowed in 10 innings. He rejoined the club July 4 and made two appearances before suffering the shoulder injury.

On the season, Buch is 4-5 with a 6.63 earned run average in 15 appearances with Winston-Salem. As a reliever, Buch has surrendered 13 earned runs in nine and two-thirds frames of action.

Short has been on the shelf for a long time. The whole season, to be exact. He has been rehabbing from a dislocated left shoulder and will suit up as an active member of a White Sox affiliate for the first time this season tomorrow night in Wilmington.

Chicago’s 28th round pick in 2008, Short was a Carolina League midseason and postseason All-Star while with the Dash in 2010. He hit .316 with 15 homers and 79 RBI during the Dash’s run to the Mills Cup Championship Series two years ago. In 2011 with Double-A Birmingham, Short hit .262 with 13 homers and 60 RBI, and he once again played in an All-Star Game, this time in the Southern League.

The Dash’s roster now sits at the league maximum of 25 players. Winston-Salem is off today before opening up a six-game road trip with the first of three at Wilmington Tuesday night at 7:05. Enjoy your day away from Carolina League baseball.

– Brian

Three More Roster Moves

Matt Wickswat is back in Winston-Salem (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The Chicago White Sox have been shuffling around the Dash’s roster frequently. Since June 1, Winston-Salem has had 39 roster moves, which calculates to almost one per day.

Three more moves took place yesterday, with right-hander Salvador Sanchez heading to Double-A Birmingham, southpaw Matt Wickswat joining the Dash from Birmingham and righty Ryan Buch heading to the disabled list.

Sanchez has been a quick riser through the White Sox system based on his appearances. The former outfielder made two appearances with rookie-level Great Falls last season. Here in 2012, he had worked twice in rookie-level Bristol and once in Low-A Kannapolis before joining the Dash. In Winston-Salem, Sanchez appeared in three games and posted four scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in his nine career minor league innings.

Wickswat rejoins the Dash after spending much of 2011 in Winston-Salem. The Bellevue, Wash., native went 6-6 with a 4.03 ERA in 23 games (13 starts) with the Dash a year ago. With Double-A Birmingham this season, Wickswat was 1-6 with an 11.67 ERA in 16 appearances (seven starts). He will join the Dash’s bullpen.

Buch is heading to the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The new reliever has struggled in his role. He has a 12.10 ERA in five relief efforts, but he did dominate Low-A a few weeks ago while with Kannapolis. Buch allowed only one earned run in 10 innings of action.

The Dash and Myrtle Beach Pelicans kick off a four-game series tonight from Field at 7:05 p.m. Listen live to all the action beginning at 6:50 here. Talk to you then.

– Brian

Two More Pitchers Moving Up

Matt Heidenreich earned his first promotion to Double-A (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The Dash’s pitching staff looks much different now than it did one month ago, and the changes continued today with two more promotions.

The White Sox have announced that right-handed starter Matt Heidenreich has been promoted to Double-A Birmingham, while righty reliever J.R. Ballinger is heading to Triple-A Charlotte. The Dash are also receiving Ryan Buch from Low-A Kannapolis.

Heidenreich has been one of the Carolina League’s best starters this season. The circuit’s starter in the All-Star Game two weeks ago, Heidenreich went 8-2 with a 3.57 earned run average in 15 starts.

The Coronado, Calif., native is the first Winston-Salem pitcher to toss two complete games in one season since 2005, and he is currently tied for the league lead in wins. Heidenreich also places third in innings pitched (93.1), sixth in WHIP (1.08) and 11th in ERA (3.57). He is scheduled to make his Birmingham debut Thursday night at Pensacola.

Ballinger has been a solid option out of the Dash’s productive bullpen. Since being activated off the disabled list in late April, Ballinger has gone 0-2 with a 4.70 earned run average in 16 appearances. This is Ballinger’s second trip to Triple-A after appearing in one game with the Knights last year.

Finally, Buch is back with in Winston-Salem after going 4-5 with a 5.98 ERA in 13 appearances (10 starts) with the Dash to start the season. He had been with Low-A Kannapolis, where he threw 10 innings and allowed just one run.

The Dash and Myrtle Beach Pelicans open up a three-game series tonight at 7:00 from BB&T Ballpark. We’ll have the game on My 48 tonight, and Mike has the audio call here.

– Brian

Transaction Thursday

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

The day after the All-Star break is a popular one to make roster moves, and the White Sox certainly threw in their share of promotions, demotions and activations. Six moves from today’s flurry of activity affect the Dash, while another one happened two days ago. Without further ado, here are the tweaks to the Dash’s roster.

  • LHP Spencer Arroyo (5-3, 4.33 ERA in 14 starts with the Dash) promoted to Double-A Birmingham
  • INF Daniel Wagner (.253, 1 HR, 18 RBI in 51 games with the Dash) promoted to Double-A Birmingham
  • INF Kyle Shelton (.368, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 5 games with the Dash) rejoins Winston-Salem from Triple-A Charlotte
  • LHP Blair Walters (3-3, 2.88 ERA in 13 starts with the Intimidators) promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis
  • INF Marcus Semien (.249, 5 HR, 25 RBI in 45 games with the Dash) activated off the disabled list (right hamstring strain)
  • RHP Taylor Thompson (0-1, 7.71 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Dash) activated off the disabled list (right triceps strain)
  • (Note: this was made official Tuesday) RHP Ryan Buch 4-5, 5.98 ERA in 13 appearances with the Dash) assigned to Low-A Kannapolis

To make a long story short, the Dash’s roster looks much different than it did during the first half finale in Wilmington Sunday. Congrats to Arroyo, Wagner and Walters, all of whom have been promoted to a level for the first time in their minor league careers. Plus, it is great to have Semien, Shelton and Thompson back with the squad.

Winston-Salem kicks off the second half tonight at 7:05 against the Potomac Nationals in Woodbridge, Va. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:50 here. I’ll talk with you then.

– Brian

Buch Activated, Ciolli to DL

Ryan Buch is back on the active roster but in a new role (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem’s disabled list has been a revolving door in the last few weeks, and we once again saw some shuffling this afternoon.

First, the good news. Right-hander Ryan Buch has been activated off the disabled list. Buch spent seven days on the DL with right rotator cuff tendinitis.

Buch had been in the rotation since the start of the season and posted a 3-5 record with a 5.44 earned run average in 10 starts. However, Buch will join the bullpen beginning tonight in Salem. The Yardley, Pa., native has made 30 relief appearances in his minor league career, most recently with Low-A Kannapolis in 2010.

To make room for Buch, the Sox placed outfielder Nick Ciolli on the disabled list with a right wrist injury. Ciolli was a late scratch Saturday and has missed the Dash’s last four games. Ciolli, who has been on Winston’s active roster since the start of the season, is hitting .269 with four homers and 25 RBI in 43 games. Because of this move, Winston has just three outfielders on its roster.

The Dash aim to extend their Southern Division lead to two-and-a-half games tonight at 7:05 against second-place Salem. Listen live beginning at 6:50 here. Talk to you then.

– Brian

Semien, Hit Streak Off Disabled List

(Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

After three weeks on the disabled list due to a right shoulder injury, Dash shortstop Marcus Semien has been activated and added to the club’s roster, the Chicago White Sox announced Saturday.

Semien is not in the lineup for Saturday night’s clash with Carolina will play for the Dash today after joining the lineup as a late replacement for Nick Ciolli. He will put an 18-game hitting streak on the line, which is the second-longest run in the Carolina League this season.

Before going down with the shoulder injury, Semien boasted a .280 batting average with five homers and 22 RBI. Among Carolina League shortstops, Semien has the best batting average, the most home runs and the fourth-highest RBI total.

The Dash are now at the league maximum of 25 players, but the club has four others still on the disabled list (Ryan Buch, Kyle Shelton, Drew Thompson and Taylor Thompson).

Winston-Salem looks for its sixth-straight win over the Carolina Mudcats tonight at 7. The Pre-Game Dash begins at 6:45 here. Join Mike and I then. Talk to you soon.

– Brian