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This afternoon, the White Sox have announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Winston-Salem Dash. Infielder Rangel Ravelo has been activated from the disabled list after having recovered from a left thumb laceration that landed him on the DL back on May 5. Prior to his injury, the Miami, Fla., native went 4-for-5 in two games with Winston-Salem after starting the season with Low-A Kannapolis.
To make room on the roster for Ravelo, infielder Brent Tanner his been transferred back to the Intimidators. The former South Alabama Jaguar will be making his second trip to Kannapolis after Ravelo’s initial call-up from the Intimidators saw Tanner go the other way back on May 2. In his two stints in Winston so far this year, Tanner is hitting .333 with three RBIs in 13 games.
In other news, the Dash held their annual Community build in conjunction with Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County today. Several Dash players were on hand to pitch in for a great cause. Here are some photos from their efforts:
Being on the disabled list didn’t stop Courtney Hawkins from helping out this morning.
Last night’s winning pitcher, Terance Marin, hammers away at a piece of sheet metal.
Right-hander Cody Winiarski showed off his handiwork this morning, too.
Righty Jason Van Skike lends a helping hand with some flooring panels.
The Dash continue their three-game series with the Potomac Nationals tonight, with first pitch set for 7 at BB&T Ballpark. Join me here at 6:45 for the Pregame Dash. Talk you to then!
(Thanks to Nikki Caldwell for the photos from today’s event)
After 4,487 attended last night’s Dash game against Myrtle Beach, BB&T Ballpark surpassed the one millionth fan mark in it’s young history, making it the fastest a High-A ballpark has never reached that milestone. The ballpark has now hosted 1,004,042 fans in its three plus seasons.
Those aren’t the only impressive numbers this ballpark boasts. Since the ballpark opened, no team in High-A baseball has had more fans come through its gates. Here’s the top five:
1. Winston-Salem Dash: 1,004,042
2. Frederick Keys: 970,988
3. Wilmington Blue Rocks: 936,405
4. Lake Elsinore Storm: 737,971
5. Myrtle Beach Pelicans: 708,164
The Dash have also posted the best home record among all full season minor league teams since BB&T Ballpark opened. Here’s the top five:
1. Winston-Salem Dash (High-A, Chicago White Sox): 143-87
2. Savannah Sand Gnats (Low-A, New York Mets): 138-88 3.0 GB
3. Columbus Clippers (Triple-A, Cleveland Indians): 141-92 3.5 GB
4. Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays): 142-96 5.0 GB
5. Tennessee Smokies (Double-A, Chicago Cubs): 137-92 5.5 GB
The Dash will try and improve that minor league-leading record even more tonight as the Potomac Nationals roll in to BB&T Ballpark for the first of a three-game series. Join me here at 6:45 for the Pregame Dash. First pitch is scheduled for 7. Talk to you then!
Since it opened in April of 2010, there have been numerous great players to play on BB&T Ballpark’s field. Here we have compiled a list of the some of the greatest players to play here in the park’s short history:
Jackie Bradley, Jr.: A member of the 2012 Salem Red Sox and the 2012 Carolina League All-Star team, Bradley was the Opening Day left fielder for the Boston Red Sox this year.
Dylan Bundy: The right-hander made 12 starts for the Frederick Keys last year, and tossed a scoreless inning for the Carolina League in last year’s All-Star Game. He came into 2013 as the number two rated prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America.
Adam Dunn: The slugger came with the White Sox when they played the Dash at BB&T Ballpark in an exhibition game prior to the 2011 season. Mostly a designated hitter the last several years, Dunn had a string of five consecutive seasons with 40 or more home runs from 2004-2008 and is fifth among active players with 413 career home runs.
Billy Hamilton: The speedster represented the Bakersfield Blaze on the California League All-Star team last season and stole two bases in the first inning of the All-Star Game. Hamilton set a record for stolen bases in a minor league season in 2012 with 147 swipes.
Eric Hosmer: Now in his third season as the everyday first baseman for the Kansas City Royals, Hosmer played in the Carolina League with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he won the league’s batting title after posting a .354 average.
Paul Konerko: Now in his 17th season in the big leagues, Konerko was another member of that 2011 White Sox squad that played at BB&T Ballpark in March of that year. The first baseman has 1,352 RBIs in his career, ranking him fifth among all active players.
Manny Machado: A shortstop while coming through the Baltimore Orioles’ system, the 2011 Key alum made the big leagues late last season where he played down the stretch and in the playoffs at third base. Now in his first full season with the Orioles, Machado is the team’s regular third baseman.
Wil Myers: The 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, Myers applied his trade for a long time in the Kansas City system before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays this past off-season. Considered one of the best hitting prospects in the game, Myers hit .346 in 58 games for the Blue Rocks in 2010.
Addison Reed: Now the closer for the White Sox, the hard-throwing righty had a brief stint with the Dash during the 2011 season. Reed appeared in 15 games out of the Winston-Salem bullpen, posting a 1.59 ERA in 28.1 IP.
Anthony Rizzo: Now the proud owner of a new contract extension that will keep him with the Chicago Cubs through at least 2019, Rizzo was once a Red Sox farmhand. The first baseman played for Salem in 2009 and 2010 before being traded to San Diego in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, and eventually to the Cubs prior to 2012.
Chris Sale: On July 2, 2010 the southpaw made his professional debut here at BB&T Ballpark in front of what was then the highest attendance in the park’s history at 7,268. Sale would reach the big leagues later in the 2010 season, and is now the ace of the White Sox rotation. In his most recent outing, he nearly threw a perfect game against the Angels.
Andrelton Simmons: The shortstop hit .311 during the 2011 campaign as a Lynchburg Hillcat, and also did some damage as a Hillcat in the 2012 Carolina League Playoffs while on a rehab assignment. Simmons hit two home runs in the playoffs including one against the Dash in the Mills Cup Finals. He is now the regular starting shortstop for the Atlanta Braves.
Come join us tonight as we celebrate the one millionth fan in BB&T Ballpark’s history! One lucky fan will be randomly selected to play a game of chance to win either one million dollars, a two-year lease on a vehicle from Flow Auto, or two Dash tickets for life!
If you can’t make it to the park, join me here at 6:45 for the Pregame Dash with first pitch to follow at 7. Tonight’s game will also be broadcast on 600-AM WSJS in the Winston-Salem area. Talk to you then!
Since BB&T Ballpark opened on April 13, 2010, nearly one million fans have made their way through its gates. As we approach this milestone, we decided to take a look back at some of the best moments in this young park’s history.
The first fans make their way through BB&T Ballpark’s gates ahead of the first game in the park’s history.
Kenny Williams, the former White Sox GM and father of 2010 Dash alum Kenny Williams Jr., throws out the first pitch in BB&T Ballpark history.
Fans packed the seats and the left field berm for the park’s inaugural night with 7,111 in attendance.
The Dash and Myrtle Beach Pelicans played a 20-inning affair in the second game of a doubleheader on May 19, 2010, prevailing 4-3 when Ozzie Lewis scored the game winning run.
A tremendous crowd of 7,268 fans (the highest in the park’s history to that point) packed BB&T Ballpark on July 2, 2010 as Chris Sale made his professional debut. Sale is now shining in the big leagues.
Prior to the 2011 season, Winston-Salem entertained its parent club at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash bested the White Sox 3-0 in an exhibition game.
On July 5 and 6, 2011, Dash outfielder Nick Ciolli robbed a pair of home runs from Salem and Myrtle Beach, the latter of which would have been a grand slam. See both grabs here and here. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)
BB&T Ballpark was jam packed again for the All-Star Game between the California League and Carolina League on June 19, 2012. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)
Bolt got together with several of his friends to put on quite a show during last year’s All-Star festivities. (Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)
After the Carolina League finished thrashing the California League 9-1, fans enjoyed a great fireworks show to cap off the week’s festivities. (Photo via Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)
Dash fans came out in droves on July 4, 2012, setting a BB&T Ballpark record with 7,285 watching the Dash take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. (Photo via Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)
The Dash posted full-season Minor League Baseball’s top record in 2012, and Winston-Salem advanced all the way to the Mills Cup Finals. Kevan Smith clubbed a go-ahead homer in the Dash’s Game 2 win, and Daniel Wagner’s reaction in the middle said it all. (Photo via Dan Barber/W-S Dash).
Thank you to the best fans in Minor League Baseball for helping BB&T Ballpark become the fastest High-A facility to reach one million fans! Check back tomorrow for more BB&T Ballpark history.
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!
For the first time this season, Winston-Salem will make a few changes to its starting rotation, Dash skipper Ryan Newman announced Friday.
Two of the Dash’s five starters have been tremendous thus far this season. Chris Beck (1.50) and Chris Bassitt (1.71) boast the top two earned run averages among active Carolina League pitchers. Former Potomac ace Taylor Jordan (1.24) is the only qualifier with a better mark, but he makes his Double-A debut tonight for Harrisburg. It is no surprise that this duo will remain in the rotation.
Two other members of the Dash’s Opening Day rotation, right-handers Justin Collop and Terance Marin, are heading to the bullpen. Collop (2-3, 5.79 ERA) worked through five innings in each of his first five starts, but he allowed eight runs in two and two-thirds in his most recent effort Monday against Frederick. The Wayne, Mich., native has been a reliever before. He has come out of the bullpen in 38 of his 99 career minor league efforts.
Marin (2-2, 7.04 ERA) also returns to the bullpen, where he spent his entire professional career before this season. The Newman, Calif., native pitched well in his first three starts, allowing just five earned runs in 17 innings of work. However, the righty has allowed at least six runs in his last three outings. Marin boasts a 2.18 ERA in his 77 career minor league appearances out of the bullpen.
Winston-Salem’s other starter, Bryan Blough, will also remain in the rotation, and he will technically move up a day and pitch the finale of this four-game series in Potomac. However, Blough will have normal rest thanks to Thursday’s off day.
As of now, we know one of the two new members of the Dash’s rotation. Right-hander Jason Van Skike, who has allowed just one earned run in his 15 innings with the Dash since an April 12 promotion from Kannapolis, will take to the hill tomorrow afternoon. Van Skike has only started one game in his minor league career, and it came in game two of Winston-Salem’s doubleheader sweep of Wilmington on April 20.
Newman and the White Sox have not determined the fifth and final member of the current rotation, so here is how the next few days shake up for the Dash on the mound:
Saturday – RHP Chris Beck
Sunday – RHP Jason Van Skike
Monday – RHP Bryan Blough
Tuesday – TBA
Wednesday – RHP Chris Bassitt
Stay tuned to the Dash Board for news on the Dash’s Tuesday starter. Join me for the Pregame Dash at 6:20 tonight here. Talk to you then.
The Dash wrap up a month-long run without an off day at 11 a.m. against Frederick. Before the club suits up for a homestand finale against Frederick, let’s update you on three Dash players currently on the disabled list.
White Sox top prospect Courtney Hawkins, who suffered a left shoulder injury last Wednesday at Lynchburg, went to Chicago to continue his recovery. Hawkins spent a few days with the club after injuring himself while making a diving catch in the third inning of Wednesday’s victory over the Hillcats.
Dash skipper Ryan Newman summed it up best with regards to Hawkins—his swing is so violent that the team has to be absolutely certain that his shoulder is fully healed. This is exactly what the White Sox are doing.
Infielder Rangel Ravelo has a cut on his left thumb, and he is simply waiting for it to heal naturally before returning to the field. Ravelo was off to a 4-for-5 start with Winston-Salem before suffering this injury.
Finally, Steven Upchurch underwent Tommy John Surgery earlier this week, his mom informed me. Upchurch has been a key cog in the Dash’s bullpen since early last season. We wish him all the best in his recovery.
The Dash and Keys meet at 11 a.m. We’ll talk to you on the Pregame Dash here at 10:45.
The NBA playoffs are in full gear, and there is a Dash connection in the Western Conference. Golden State guard Klay Thompson has had a breakout season for a Warriors team that will open up the Western Conference Semifinals tonight in San Antonio.
Thompson is the older brother of former Winston-Salem outfielder Trayce Thompson, one of the top prospects in the White Sox minor league system. Now with Double-A Birmingham, Trayce was a year-end All-Star in the Carolina League in 2012.
The Thompson family has quite a sports lineage. The oldest son in the family, Mychel, also has some NBA experience on his resume, while their father Mychal was the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft. He won a pair of NBA titles with the Lakers in 1987 and 1988.
Both Klay and Mychel made it to a Dash game late last season, and they each threw out a first pitch to Trayce. We documented this neat moment with the picture below (from left to right: Bolt, Klay, Trayce and Mychel).
Good luck to Klay and the Warriors against the Spurs!
After four roster moves on Saturday, the White Sox announced two more transactions affecting the Dash today.
Infielder Rangel Ravelo, who was just called up from Low-A Kannapolis on Thursday, has been placed on the seven day disabled list after re-aggravating a left thumb injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago while with the Intimidators. Ravelo left last night’s game in the third inning and was replaced by David Herbek.
In two games with Winston-Salem, the Cuban-born infielder is 4-for-5, including a career-high three runs scored during Friday’s blowout win over Salem.
Brent Tanner returns to the Triad to take that 25th spot. Tanner was sent down to Kannapolis on Thursday after hitting .417 in eight games with the Dash. In two starts with the Intimidators, the former South Alabama Jaguar went 3-for-8 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He started once at first base, while he made his first appearance behind the plate in the other.
The Dash and Red Sox wrap up their three-game set at BB&T Ballpark this afternoon. Join Brian and I here for the Pregame Dash starting at 1:45. First pitch will follow at 2. Talk to you then!
The Chicago White Sox announced four roster moves today affecting the Winston-Salem Dash on a busy Saturday throughout the organization:
Right-hander Daniel Webb earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, making him the third player from the Dash’s Opening Day roster to earn a promotion.
In his time with the Dash, the righty went 1-0 with two saves. He led the Carolina League in innings pitched (15.0) among pitchers who had not allowed an earned run. The Paducah, Ky., native will be making his first career trip to the Double-A level and will join the Barons’ bullpen upon his arrival.
As a result, side-arming righty J.R. Ballinger is heading back to Winston-Salem. Ballinger was promoted to Birmingham back on April 22. In his time with the Barons, the Moss Point, Miss., native made one appearance, striking out four in two and a third innings against Montgomery on April 25. Upon his return to the Triad, Ballinger will rejoin the Winston bullpen, where he only surrendered one earned run in four and two-thirds innings of work prior to his promotion.
A pair of former Kannapolis Intimidators, right-hander Brandon Hardin and outfielder Yoandy Barroso, are heading to the Carolina League for the first time in their careers. Hardin comes to Winston-Salem after pitching extremely well for the Intimidators in 2013. The former 10th-round pick has a 1-0 record with a microscopic 0.71 ERA in 2013 and will join a Winston-Salem bullpen which owns a strong 3.13 ERA so far this year.
Barroso will join Winston-Salem’s outfield to help fill the void left by Courtney Hawkins’ trip to the disabled list. A year ago with rookie-level Great Falls, Barroso hit .300, tying him for the third-best average among White Sox farmhands. This season, Barroso posted a .204 average and four RBIs in 17 games with Low-A Kannapolis.
The Dash continue their series against the Salem Red Sox tonight at 7:00 with Chris Beck on the bump for Winston. Join me for the Pregame Dash here at 6:45, or catch the live telecast on My 48 beginning at 7.