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The Kannapolis Pipeline: Varnell the latest fascinating pitcher called up, but loses in Winston-Salem debut

The Kannapolis Pipeline: Varnell the latest fascinating pitcher called up, but loses in Winston-Salem debut
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Taylor Varnell’s High-A debut against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers was baserunner-heavy but otherwise smooth until the very last pitch he threw, his 100th, which turned into a triple-plus-error and scored three runs for the loss. It’s strange to say for a four-run, five-walk outing over four and two-thirds innings, but this was actually... Read more »

Slog Days of Summer: Stiever gets through three, eventually, as Dash lose 5-4

Slog Days of Summer: Stiever gets through three, eventually, as Dash lose 5-4
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It was Stiever Day in Winston-Salem, but Stiever Day wrapped up after just three innings, all scoreless but all equally laborious. It ended up turning into Bullpen Day, which did not go super well! Stiever’s last start saw him allow three runs through five innings, not bad by any means but not the... Read more »

17 Swinging Strikes: Stiever's substandard start still pretty freaking good

17 Swinging Strikes: Stiever's substandard start still pretty freaking good
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Dash romped through a five-run second but ended up clinging to a narrower lead as Jonathan Stiever struggled for pretty much the first time at this level, still eking out a 7-5 victory to win the series over the Carolina Mudcats. Stiever’s start was by far his worst since his promotion... Read more »
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Dash Turn Three, Drop One: Triple play not enough to overcome Mudcats

Dash Turn Three, Drop One: Triple play not enough to overcome Mudcats
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dash pitching stranded 11 runners on base, but the offense was never able to put anything much together and they dropped the first game of the series to the Carolina Mudcats, 2-1. Kade McClure, 2017’s sixth-round draft pick, has been nothing but solid for Winston this season (and for Kannapolis, and for... Read more »

Steeling the Show: It's Walker's party, and he'll hit two doubles if he wants to

Steeling the Show: It's Walker's party, and he'll hit two doubles if he wants to
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Both sides pitched well enough to keep overall offensive totals low until late, but both also went deep into counts with batters (the Dash had at least two nine-pitch at-bats and one 10-pitch at-bat), made many pickoff attempts, and suffered from defensive miscues to drag the first five innings out for over... Read more »

Pitching promotions a relief for beleaguered bullpen arms

There were a few notable prospect promotions on the minor league side of things on Monday, but they weren’t the two headliners from the 2018 draft class that everyone is waiting on. Outfielder Steele Walker will remain in Winston-Salem while infielder Nick Madrigal will enjoy the Southern League for a bit longer. A slight re-shuffling... Read more »
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3 Games in Arizona — Minor League News and Notes, 7/1 to 7/7

3 Games in Arizona — Minor League News and Notes, 7/1 to 7/7
It was 109 degrees and partly cloudy in Surprise, Ariz., on June 30, when 1B Andrew Clayton Vaughn suited up for his first professional baseball game. Adorned in the grey road uniforms of the main club, Vaughn went 2-4 with a pair of singles and a strikeout that first day. Our own Sean Williams was at... Read more »

‘Magic’ Madrigal Matters — Minor League News and Notes, 6/3 to 6/9

‘Magic’ Madrigal Matters — Minor League News and Notes, 6/3 to 6/9
Another MLB draft has come and gone, and with it comes a big, beefy 1B bat with plenty of contact and power to share joining the organization to usher in the future. The Sox filled one of their biggest organization needs by picking up Vaughn. Assuming his development goes according to plan, his college bat... Read more »

White Sox Minor League News and Notes, 5/27 to 6/2

White Sox Minor League News and Notes, 5/27 to 6/2
“I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost Much like Frost’s seminal piece, the White Sox have a decision to make tonight at 6 p.m. One... Read more »
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2019 Winston-Salem Dash Season Preview

2019 Winston-Salem Dash Season Preview
Thursday, April 4th kicks off another season of Carolina League play where the defending first-and-second-half champion Winston-Salem Dash hope to make it two postseason appearances in a row. 2018 will be tough to top after the Dash finished 30 games above .500, but there is still more than enough talent expected at the White Sox Advanced-A... Read more »
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