We returned to Kannapolis from the Winter Meetings earlier today. It was a productive week of meetings, seminars, workshops and the announcement of our PDC extension with the White Sox through 2018. From the press release:
“The White Sox have been a tremendous affiliate for more than a decade,” said Intimidators General Manager Randy Long. “We have seen so many talented White Sox prospects develop here in Kannapolis, and we look forward to continuing this partnership.”
Since becoming a White Sox affiliate in 2001, the Intimidators have seen 52 players go from Kannapolis to the Major Leagues, including the 2009 Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year Gordon Beckham. Pitcher Addison Reed went from Kannapolis to the Major Leagues during the 2011 campaign – joining Daniel Hudson as the second Sox prospect to make the four-level jump in one season since 2009. This past year, a franchise record eight former Intimidators made their Major League debuts, all for Chicago. The Intimidators won their only South Atlantic League championship in 2005, the same season the White Sox won the World Series, becoming the most recent South Atlantic League team to win a title in the season year as their Major League affiliate.
“Maintaining continuity and stability is one of our main goals in the player development system, and extending our affiliation with Kannapolis is a big part of that goal,” said Buddy Bell, White Sox vice president/assistant general manager. “Over the past 13 seasons, we have developed great working relationships with the Kannapolis front office and community, and we look forward to building on that foundation for at least the next five years.”
Along that same thread, the White Sox also announced a six-year extension with our neighbors to the south, the Charlotte Knights, plus a four-year extension with the Great Falls Voyagers, keeping them in the system through 2020 and 2018, respectively.
The Rule 5 Draft took place earlier today, and a few familiar names came up. Former Intimidators outfielder Brady Shoemaker was selected by the Miami Marlins in the Triple-A portion of the draft. Shoemaker last played for Kannapolis in 2011 — when he led the Sally League with a .319 average — and he missed last year due to surgery on a torn labrum.
The White Sox picked up Adrian Nieto in the Rule 5 draft. The name probably sounds familiar — that’s because Nieto was a catcher for the Hagerstown Suns during parts of the 2010, ’11 and ’12 seasons. K-dator fans probably think more highly of him than others, considering the career .254 batter hit .348 (8-23) against the Intimidators. The switch-hitting catcher does have a knack for getting on-base (.346).
Lastly, no official word yet on the Intimidators field staff for 2014. Tommy Thompson managed Kannapolis in 2011 and 2013 while serving as skipper of the High-A Winston-Salem Dash in between, earning Carolina League Manager of the Year in 2012. Jose Bautista has been the team’s pitching coach each of the last three seasons, while the Intimidators have seen Charles Poe, Robert Sasser and Andy Tomberlin serve as hitting coach over the last three years.
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS END OF SEASON NOTES
Class A Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox – 61-76, 34-35 2nd Half
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
Season Snapshot: The Kannapolis Intimidators finished the 2013 season 61-76, fifth overall in the seven-team South Atlantic League Northern Division. The 19th season of professional baseball in Kannapolis wrapped up with a hot month as the Intimidators went 19-11 since August 1, the fourth-best record in the league down the stretch. The Intimidators finished the season half 34-35, fourth in the division after a sluggish first half (27-41). Both halves finished on high notes as Kannapolis swept Rome heading into the All-Star Break and wrapped up the regular season by taking three of four over Hagerstown.
In The Finale: Jacob May closed the book on the 2013 season with a walk-off home run with two-outs in the bottom of the 10th on Monday, propelling the Intimidators to a 4-3 win over the Suns. Kannapolis came back from an 0-3 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Suns bullpen. Mike Marjama led off the inning with a double and later scored on an Eric Grabe fielders choice. Grabe crossed the plate on May’s two-out single, and Cleuluis Rondon scored the tying run when Suns third baseman Mike McQuillan couldn’t handle a Tim Anderson ground ball. Stew Brase spun scoreless ninth and 10th innings for the win. Brase (3-2) retired the final six batters he faced, including four strikeouts, to dim the Suns. Kannapolis starter Tony Bucciferro logged one final quality start, working 6.0 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with four strikeouts in a no decision. Andre Wheeler worked 2.0 relief innings, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Save The Date: The Kannapolis Intimidators will open the 2014 season at home on Thursday, April 3, against the Greenville Drive. Next season will be the 20th year of professional baseball in the city of Kannapolis. The team came to town in 1995 from Spartanburg and spent the first season as the Piedmont Phillies before playing the next five seasons as the Piedmont Boll Weevils (1996-2000). Next season will mark the 14th year under the “Intimidators” moniker and 14th year as a White Sox affiliate. To view the 2014 schedule, visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
Johnson Named All-Star: Second baseman Micah Johnson was named to the SAL Annual All-Star Team, the first Intimidator to make the league’s Annual All-Star Team in two years. Johnson hit .342 in 77 games with Kannapolis and set a new franchise record for stolen bases in a single season with 61, which ranked third in the league this season. The Intimidators promoted Johnson to Winston-Salem on July 3. He led the Minors with 84 stolen bases this season. He finished his year with five games at Double-A Birmingham, playing a total of 131 games and batting .312/.373/.451 in his first year full year in the Minor Leagues. Earlier this season, Johnson was named the South Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP.
No-Hitting Hagerstown: On June 5, three Intimidators pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter against the Hagerstown Suns in Game 2 of a doubleheader as Kannapolis rolled to an 11-0 victory. In his first start of the season, Braulio Ortiz spun 4.0 hitless innings before giving way to Adam Lopez for 2.0 innings and Joe Dvorsky, who worked the final frame. Lopez earned the win as the trio spun just the third no-hitter since the Intimidators became a White Sox affiliate in 2001.
Grand Slam: Adam Heisler hit the lone grand slam of the season for Kannapolis. On Aug. 13, Heisler returned from a 3-game stint with Triple-A Charlotte and put a game against the Lakewood BlueClaws out of reach with his second-inning slam in his first at-bat back with Kannapolis. The blast gave the Intimidators a 7-1 lead en route to a 12-8 win. It was the first career slam for Heisler and the first by an Intimidator since Kevan Smith hit one June 3, 2012, also against Lakewood.
From Kannapolis to the Majors: Four former Intimidators made their Major League debuts this season, all with the White Sox. Catcher Josh Phegley (2009) and pitchers Andre Rienzo (2010), Charlie Leesman (2008-09) and Jake Petricka (2010-11) all played for the Intimidators on their way through the White Sox minor league system before donning a big league uniform for the Sox this season. There have been 73 former Intimidators to play in the Major Leagues, and that number could continue to climb with September call-ups.
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS vs. HAGERSTOWN SUNS
60-76, 33-35 2nd Half (Chicago White Sox) | 80-56, 42-27 2nd Half (Washington Nationals)
Monday, September 2, 2013 – 1:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
RHP Tony Bucciferro (3-5, 2.59) vs. LHP Kylin Turnbull (6-5, 3.81)
Today’s Preview: It’s the last game of the year – can’t hold anything back. Today the Intimidators (A, White Sox) can finish the season on a high note by claiming a series victory over the playoff-bound Suns (A, Nationals). Kannapolis is coming off a 5-3 (F/6) win in a rain-shortened game on Sunday. The Intimidators can match last season’s win total of 61 with a victory today. Kannapolis sends Tony Bucciferro to the mound for his final start of the year, while Suns southpaw Kylin Turnbull makes his third start against the Intimidators. Kannapolis can even the season-series with a win (Hagerstown, 7-6).
Intimidating Starter: Tony Bucciferro, 23, makes his 12th and final start this year and his second against Hagerstown. Since rejoining Kannapolis from Advanced Rookie Bristol on July 18, he has gone 3-3 with a 1.26 ERA (7 ER/50 IP) with 55 strikeouts and four walks in his last eight starts. He is coming off a loss at Delmarva on Aug. 28, but prior to that, he struck out a career-high 10 batters over 7.0 scoreless innings against playoff-bound Savannah on Aug. 22. Bucciferro is in his third stint with Kannapolis, after appearing in three games (two starts) in early June, then coming up from Bristol for a spot-start July 7 at Hickory. Between the SAL and Appalachian League, he is 4-6 with a 2.55 ERA (24 IP/84.2 IP) with 92 strikeouts and six walks in 15 games (14 starts). He dominated the APPY, going 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts. He rejoined the Intimidators when Braulio Ortiz was promoted to A-Advanced Winston-Salem July 18. The Sox drafted Bucciferro in the 14th round last June out of Michigan State where he started four years and ranks among school leaders in starts, wins, strikeouts and IP.
Suns Starter: Kylin Turnbull, 23, makes his 16th start of the year and third against the Intimidators. He is coming off five straight quality starts, including a loss to Kannapolis Aug. 4 in Hagerstown that started this run. Against the Intimidators, Turnbull is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA (4 ER/10.1 IP) in two starts. He is coming off a strong month of August in which he was 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts. After a rough first half in which he posted a 5.32 ERA, Turnbull has gone 4-3 with a 3.21 ERA in his 10 starts since the break. He joined the Suns after opening his season with High A Potomac, where he was 0-3 with a 14.81 ERA in three starts. He returned to extended spring May 23 before joining Short-Season Auburn, where he went 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA (4 ER/18.1 IP) in four starts June 17-July 2. The Nationals picked Turnbull in the fourth round of the June 2011 draft out of Santa Barbara (Calif.) City College. He made his professional debut last season, spending the majority of his year with Hagerstown, going 4-5 with a 5.16 ERA in 18 games (17 starts). He faced Kannapolis June 8, 2012, allowing two runs on six hits over 6.0 innings in a no decision.
About Last Night: Jacob May broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth with a 2-run single to propel Kannapolis to a 5-3 win in six innings against Hagerstown. May finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Keon Barnum (2-3) and Cleuluis Rondon (2-2) also enjoyed multi-hit nights. Jefferson Olacio worked all 6.0 innings before rain halted the game. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits to earn the win. Pedro Encarnacion took the loss for the Suns, allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with eight strikeouts.
Tim’s Tally: Tim Anderson, the White Sox first round pick in the June 2013 draft, singled in the first inning on Sunday to extend his career-long hitting streak to 13 games. He finished 1-3. Since Aug. 19, Anderson is batting .360 (18-50). It’s the eighth 10-game hitting streak by an Intimidator this season. In August, he hit .303 (33-109).
The Big O: Jefferson Olacio wrapped up his season with a complete game in Sunday’s rain-shortened win, his third complete game this season, which ranks second in the SAL (Daniel Stumpf, LEX, 4). The 6’7” left-hander also ranks fifth in the league in IP (136.2) and he is tied with six others for the league-lead with 25 games started. Olacio finishes his season 6-11 with a 4.54 ERA, including a 2.78 ERA in 13 second-half starts. He held left-handed batters to a .183 average.
Top Coats: Jason Coats enters the final day of the season with a chance to crack the Top 5 in franchise history in at-bats. Coats ranks second in the league with 512 at-bats this season, three behind Marlon Byrd (2000) and Daniel Wagner(2010) who are tied for fourth with 515 each. The franchise league in at-bats in a season in Jimmy Rollins, who had 560 in 1997 with the Piedmont Boll Weevils. Coats also enters this game with 84 RBI and 38 doubles, ranking second in the SAL. He is third in games (132) and fifth in hits (139), extra-base hits (53) and total bases (219).
Save The Date: The Kannapolis Intimidators will open the 2014 season at home on Thursday, April 3, against the Greenville Drive. Next season will be the 20th year of professional baseball in the city of Kannapolis. The team came to town in 1995 from Spartanburg and spent the first season as the Piedmont Phillies before playing the next five seasons as the Piedmont Boll Weevils (1996-2000). Next season will mark the 14th year under the “Intimidators” moniker and 14th year as a Chicago White Sox affiliate. For a complete 2014 schedule, visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS vs. HAGERSTOWN SUNS
59-76, 32-35 2nd Half (Chicago White Sox) | 80-55, 42-26 2nd Half (Baltimore Orioles)
Sunday, September 1, 2013 – 5:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
LHP Jefferson Olacio (5-11, 4.61) vs. RHP Pedro Encarnacion (10-8, 3.43)
Today’s Preview: Jefferson Olacio looks to continue his strong second half as the Intimidators (A, White Sox) aim for a series lead over the Suns (A, Nationals) in the final series of the 2013 season. Kannapolis evened the series at one game apiece with a 4-1 win on Saturday. Hagerstown, the first half Northern Division winner, is trying to tune for its playoff series against West Virginia next week.
Intimidating Starter: Jefferson Olacio, 19, makes his league-lead-tying 25th start, and his third against Hagerstown. He is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA (6 ER/12.2 IP) in two starts, including a complete game win on June 5 in the first game of a doubleheader. He is tied for second in the SAL in complete games (2). The big lefty is coming off a solid performance in Delmarva, allowing one unearned run on two hits over 6.0 innings in a no decision. He dominated July, going 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA (6 ER/31.2 IP) in five starts. Since the All-Star Break, he has gone 2-3 with a 2.76 ERA (22 ER/71.2 IP) in 12 starts, including a stretch of 21 innings without allowing an earned run, spanning four starts July 11-29. He is holding left-handed hitters to a .178 average. While Olacio’s 4.61 ERA is 10th-highest in the SAL among qualifiers, it is now the lowest it has been all season. Olacio began 2012 at Class A but spent the 2nd Half of the season with Bristol, combining to go 3-11 with a 5.16 ERA in 27 games. He entered this season rated by Baseball America as the No. 30 Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Hagerstown Hurler: Pedro Encarnacion, 21, makes his 24th start of the season and his second against Kannapolis. He leads the Suns and ranks 11th in the SAL in ERA (3.43) among qualifiers. He is coming off a loss to Lakewood, allowing five runs (two earned) over 6.0 innings. Encarnacion had a better 1st Half than 2nd Half, going 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA before the break and 5-5 with a 3.89 ERA since. He is holding right-handed hitters to a .185 average while lefties hit .266 against him. Encarnacion split 2012 between Short-Season Auburn and Hagerstown, going 5-2 with a 4.57 ERA in 19 games (14 starts). Washington signed him as a UDFA in 2010, and he made his pro debut that season with the GCL Nationals.
About Last Night: Adam Lopez struck out nine batters, equaling his career-high, to dim the Suns in a 4-1 win on Saturday. Lopez worked 6.2 innings, allowing a run on four hits with a walk before turning things over to David Putman, who sat down seven of eight batters faced for the save (2). Kannapolis took an early lead when Tim Anderson singled in the first inning, stole second and scored on Jason Coats’ double. Keon Barnum then singled home Coats. Jake Johansen took the loss for Hagerstown, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4.2 innings.
Tim’s Tally: Tim Anderson, the White Sox first round pick in the June 2013 draft, singled in the first inning on Saturday to extend his career-long hitting streak to 12 games. He finished 2-5 with two runs scored. Since Aug. 19, Anderson is batting .362 (17-47). It’s the eighth 10-game hitting streak by an Intimidator this season. He bumped his August average to .303 (33-109). He is batting .291 (58-199) against right-handers compared to .246 (15-61) against lefties.
Lopez Lowers ERA: Adam Lopez finishes his season 5-3 with a 2.54 ERA in 99.1 innings in 32 games (seven starts). Since moving into the rotation on July 28, he is 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA (7 ER/40 IP), the fifth-best ERA in the SAL in that time. Lopez went 4-2 with a 1.44 ERA in the 2nd Half of the season in 14 games.
Warm Coats: Jason Coats drove in his team-leading 84th run of the year, which ranks second behind only Asheville’s Francisco Sosa (89) with two games left in the season. Coats ranks second in the league in at-bats (509) behind Hagerstown second baseman Tony Renda (514). Coats is also second in doubles (38), third in games played (131), tied for fourth in hits (139) and fifth in extra-base hits (53). The White Sox drafted Coats in the 29th round in June 2012.
Awesome August: Kannapolis finished August 17-11 (.607), its best monthly record this season. The Intimidators also posted their best ERA in a month at 3.00.
History in Hickory: Crawdads third baseman Joey Gallo hit two home runs on Saturday, giving him five over his last two games and an even 40 home runs this season (38 in the SAL, two rehabbing with the AZL Rangers). The 19-year-old is the first teenage to hit 40 home runs in 51 years, when Dick Simpson hit 42 as an 18-year-old with the Class A San Jose Bees of the California League in 1962. Gallo is now two home runs shy of the SAL record set in 1996 by Russell Branyan with Columbus. Last season, Gallo set the AZL record with 18 home runs.
Roster Move: The White Sox have promoted catcher Jeremy Dowdy to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights today, filling a spot created with Bryan Anderson called up to Chicago along with pitcher Charlie Leesman in the first September call-ups for the Sox.
With just two days left in the season, the Chicago White Sox have announced what might be the last roster move of the season affecting the Intimidators roster. Today catcher Jeremy Dowdy has been promoted to Triple-A Charlotte, with no corresponding move for Kannapolis. The former App State Mountaineer is batting .214 (21-98) in 31 games with Kannapolis and has thrown out 33% of attempting base-stealers (16 of 48).
Dowdy will fill a spot at catcher for the Knights, who are promoting Bryan Anderson to Chicago. The White Sox purchased Anderson’s contract today and also called up Charlie Leesman, who made his MLB debut earlier this season. Anderson is in his first season in the White Sox organization.
Anderson and Leesman are the first of a few September call-ups for the White Sox. Here are the rosters for Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham if you want to make your own guesses for who might be next.
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS vs. HAGERSTOWN SUNS
58-76, 31-35 2nd Half (Chicago White Sox) | 80-54, 42-25 2nd Half (Baltimore Orioles)
Saturday, August 31, 2013 – 7:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
RHP Adam Lopez (4-3, 2.62) vs. RHP Jake Johansen (0-1, 7.71)
Today’s Preview: Right-hander Adam brings his streak of 23 scoreless innings into today’s game as the Intimidators (A, White Sox) host the Suns (A, Nationals) in Game 2 of this 4-game series to wrap up the regular season. Lopez has not allowed a run since the first inning of an Aug. 9 start against Delmarva. Today he will duel Hagerstown’s Jake Johansen, the Nationals’ second round pick in June 2013. The Suns took the series opener on Friday, 8-2.
Intimidating Starter: Adam Lopez, 23, makes his seventh and final start of the season as he faces the Suns for the fourth time. He brings a streak of 23 innings without allowing a run into today’s game, dating back to the first inning Aug. 9 against Delmarva, a streak spanning four starts, including three scoreless outings in his most recent contests. Lopez has won three of his last four starts, and he is now 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA (6 ER/33.1 IP) since moving into the rotation on July 28. Lopez, the team leader in strikeouts with 120, opened the year 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA in 18 games in the first half but has gone 3-2 with a 1.45 ERA in the 2nd Half. In three games (one start) against the Suns, Lopez is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11 IP) with 11 strikeouts. The White Sox selected Lopez in the 21st round in the June 2012 draft out of Virginia Military Institute.
Suns Starter: Jake Johansen, 22, makes his second start with Hagerstown and his 12th in his professional debut. The Nats secound round pick this summer took a loss in his Class A debut after making 10 starts with Short-A Auburn. Johansen went 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 42.1 innings in the NYPL. He was drafted out of Dallas Baptist University where he went 7-6 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 starts this season. He graduated from Allen (Texas) High School in 2010.
About Last Night: Hagerstown’s pitchers kept Kannapolis off the scoreboard over the final eight innings en route to a 8-2 Suns win in the series opener. Ian Dickson earned the win, limiting Kannapolis to two runs on four hits in 6.0 innings and allowing just one base runner over his final five innings of work. Kannapolis managed just three base runners over the final eight frames after taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBI hits by Jason Coats and Mike Marjama.
Tim’s Tally: Tim Anderson, the White Sox first round pick in the June 2013 draft, singled in the first inning on Friday to extend his career-long hitting streak to 11 games. It’s the eighth 10-game hitting streak by an Intimidator this season. Since Aug. 19, Anderson is batting .357 (15-42). He is batting .298 (31-104) in 25 August games after a rough July in which he hit .235.
Warm Coats: Jason Coats drove in his team-leading 83rd run of the season, tied for the second-most in the SAL this season behind only Asheville’s Francisco Sosa (89) with three games left in the season. Coats ranks second in the league in at-bats (505), third in games played (130), tied for third in doubles (37), and fourth in hits (138). The White Sox drafted Coats in the 29th round in June 2012.
Franks Fans ‘Em: Frank Montas matched his career-high with nine strikeouts in Friday’s loss to Hagerstown. He struck out nine over 4.2 innings, his second start in a row with nine strikeouts and the third time to reach his career mark in 2013. The White Sox acquired Montas from the Red Sox as part of the Jake Peavy deal.
Fresh Danish: Tyler Danish, the White Sox second round pick (55th overall) in the June 2013 draft, worked 2.0 scoreless innings on Friday. He gave up a hit and struck out two in what is expected to be his final appearance of his professional debut. Danish worked 4.0 scoreless innings with Kannapolis, allowing two hits and striking out six batters. In his professional debut, he went 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 15 games (one start) between Advanced Rookie Bristol and Kannapolis.
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS vs. HAGERSTOWN SUNS
58-75, 31-34 2nd Half (Chicago White Sox) | 79-54, 41-25 2nd Half (Baltimore Orioles)
Friday, August 30, 2013 – 7:05 p.m.
CMC-NorthEast Stadium – Kannapolis, N.C.
RHP Frank Montas (5-10, 5.33) vs. RHP Ian Dickson (4-3, 4.53)
Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) open their final home stand and final series of the 2013 season when they play host the Northern Division 1st Half Champion Suns (A, Nationals) in Game 1 of a 4-game series. Hagerstown is currently tied with West Virginia atop the 2nd Half Standings at 41-25, however the Power have already clinched the remaining Northern Division playoff berth by virtue of having secure the second-best overall record in the division with no other teams in contention for the 2nd Half crown. Kannapolis sends right-hander Frank Montas to the mound in his fifth start since joining the team from Greenville as part of the Jake Peavy trade. He’ll duel Ian Dickson, who was roughed up in his only other start against Kannapolis. Hagerstown leads the season series, 6-4.
Intimidating Starter: Frank Montas, 20, makes his 23rd start of the season and his fifth with Kannapolis after joining the White Sox as part of the July 31 trade that sent Jake Peavy to Boston. The right-hander is coming off three straight wins as well as his first quality start with Kannapolis. Montas is 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA (9 ER/21 IP) in four starts in the White Sox system. Montas is coming off tying his career-high with nine strikeouts over 6.0 innings in an Aug. 24 win over Rome; he allowed a run on four hits in the contest. He opened this season with the South Atlantic League’s Greenville and went 2-9 with a 5.70 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) for the Drive. Montas entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 22 Prospect in Boston’s organization. Montas took a loss to Hagerstown June 21 with Greenville, allowing six runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings of work.
Suns Starter: Ian Dickson, 22, makes his 10th start and 16th appearance for the Suns after a midseason deal sent him from the Cubs to the Nationals. Washington traded right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez to the Cubs on June 11 in exchange for Dickson. He opened his year with Class A Kane County, going 2-2 with a 6.88 ERA (20 ER/34.2 IP) in 11 games (three starts) in the Midwest League. He made his pro debut in 2012 with Short-Season Boise in the Northwest League, going 3-3 with a 5.60 ERA in 15 starts. The Cubs drafted Dickson in the 35th round of the June 2011 draft. After joining the Suns, he made his first five appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 7.20 ERA in relief. Since moving into the rotation on July 4, he is 4-3 with a 4.14 ERA with 41 strikeouts and eight walks in 45.2 innings. He is coming off a 4.0-inning save (2) in which he allowed a run and scattered six hits while striking out five against Greensboro on Aug. 24. In his only start against the Intimidators, he allowed five runs on eight hits in 5.0 IP in a no decision Aug. 2.
15 Days of May: Jacob May saw his career-best 15-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-3 night Thursday in Delmarva. May hit safely in 15 games Aug. 13-28, batting .443/.485/.689, collecting 27 hits in 61 at-bats with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and seven RBI. During his impressive streak, May was named South Atlantic League Batter of the Week for Aug. 19-25, the first weekly award for an Intimidators player since May 2012. During May’s hitting streak, he recorded multiple hits in 10 of his 15 games. It was the longest hitting streak by an Intimidator and fifth-longest in the SAL this season. The last time Kannapolis had a hitting streak of at least 15 games, catcher Martin Medina hit safely in 19 straight games from June 4 to July 19, 2012.
Tim’s Tally To 10: Tim Anderson, the White Sox first round pick in the June 2013 draft, went 2-4 on Thursday to set a new career-long hitting streak at 10 games, the eighth 10-game hitting streak by an Intimidator this season. Since Aug. 19, Anderson is batting .368 (14-38). He is batting .300 (30-100) in 25 August games after a rough July in which he hit .235.
Johnson Named All-Star: Second baseman Micah Johnson has been named to the SAL Annual All-Star Team, the league announced Thursday. Johnson hit .342 in 77 games with Kannapolis and set a new franchise record for stolen bases in a single season with 61, which still ranks second in the league. The Intimidators promoted Johnson to Winston-Salem on July 3. He leads the Minors with 83 stolen bases and was promoted from High-A Winston-Salem to Birmingham on Thursday where he went 3-5 with three singles in his Double-A debut with the Barons. Johnson owns a slash of .317/.380/.462 in 127 games this season.
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS vs. DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS
58-74, 31-33 2nd Half (Chicago White Sox) | 53-79, 23-42 2nd Half (Baltimore Orioles)
Thursday, August 29, 2013 – 7:05 p.m.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium – Salisbury, Md.
RHP Kyle Hansen (6-8, 3.94) vs. RHP Juan Guzman (6-5, 4.46)
Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) can clinch a fifth straight series win today as they play the series rubber match against the Shorebirds (A, Orioles) in the third and final game of the series. It’s the last road game of the year for Kannapolis, which has won 12 of its last 15 games. With just five games left in the regular season, this begins the last trip through the Intimidators rotation, and today Kyle Hansen makes his last scheduled start of 2013. Hansen has taken a decision in six straight starts, including a hard-luck loss in his last outing. The Intimidators are getting their fourth look at Juan Guzman, who took a loss to the Intimidators when he faced them July 17 in Salisbury, Md. The Shorebirds have clinched a win in the season-series, which they lead 9-6. This is the last road game of the year for the Intimidators.
Intimidating Starter: Kyle Hansen, 22, makes his 20th final scheduled start of the season. The 6’8” right-hander is coming off six straight decisions, and has posted a 2.51 ERA in five starts in August. Hansen has lowered his ERA every month of the season, from 5.73 in May, to 4.35 in June, and 3.63 in July. In his last start, he took a loss to Rome, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits in 6.0 innings, striking out 11 batters, a career-high, while walking none. Despite having made 20 appearances, he has not faced the Shorebirds this season. The White Sox picked Hansen in the sixth round of the June 2012 draft out of St. John’s University in Queens, NY where he was a First-Team All-Big East selection as a sophomore and a 2nd-Team All-American by Baseball America in 2010.
Dealing for Delmarva: Juan Guzman, 22, makes his 19th start of the season and third against Kannapolis. He has struggled against Kannapolis, going 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA (10 ER/12 IP) in three games (two starts) and allowing Kannapolis to hit .386 (22-57) against him. Guzman spent most of the first two months of the year working out of the bullpen, going 2-0 with a 6.59 ERA in seven games but has improved since becoming a full-time starter, going 4-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 18 starts. Guzman dominated the GCL in 2011, posting a 1.09 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 33 innings and found similar success when he opened 2012 with Aberdeen in the Short-Season NYPL, going 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA in seven starts. He struggled after making the jump to the SAL to end last season, going 1-3 with a 7.08 ERA in five games (three starts) with Delmarva.
Hey Now, You’re An All-Star: Second baseman Micah Johnson has been named to the SAL Annual All-Star Team, the league announced today. Johnson hit .342 in 77 games with Kannapolis and set a new franchise record for stolen bases in a single season with 61, which still ranks second in the league. He leads the Minors with 83 stolen bases and today was promoted from Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham. The Intimidators promoted Johnson to Winston-Salem on July 3.
May-hem: Jacob May went 2-5 on Wednesday, running his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest by an Intimidators hitter this season. May is batting .443 (27-61) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs and seven RBI in 15 games since Aug. 13. He has 10 multi-hit games in this span. After hitting just .174 in 24 game in July, the White Sox third round pick in June 2013 owns a slash of .392/.439/.637 in 25 August games. May surpassed the 14-game hitting streak that Adam Heisler put together earlier this season.
Tim’s Tally: Tim Anderson, the White Sox first round pick in the June 2013 draft, has matched his career-best hitting streak by going 2-5 on Wednesday, his ninth straight game with a hit. He is batting .353 (12-34) in nine games since Aug. 19, and he has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games. Anderson is batting .292 (29-96) in 24 games in August after a rough July in which he hit .235. Anderson made his professional debut with Kannapolis on June 20, and he is batting .275 this season.
KANNAPOLIS INTIMIDATORS vs. DELMARVA SHOREBIRDS
58-73, 31-32 2nd Half (Chicago White Sox) | 52-79, 22-42 2nd Half (Baltimore Orioles)
Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 5:05 p.m.
Arthur W. Perdue Stadium – Salisbury, Md.
RHP Tony Bucciferro (3-4, 2.51) vs. LHP Bennett Parry (2-2, 3.51)
Today’s Preview: The Intimidators (A, White Sox) can clinch a fifth straight series win today as they play Game 2 of this 3-game series against the Shorebirds (A, Orioles). Kannapolis has won 12 of its last 14 games and today sends Tony Bucciferro to the hill to face Delmarva’s Bennett Parry in a rematch of a Aug. 11 pitching match up. That day, Parry led the Shorebirds to a blanking of the Intimidators as Bucciferro suffered his only loss since returning to the SAL from the Appalachian League on July 18. Also today, outfielder Jacob May will try to set a new season-long hitting streak for Kannapolis as he brings a 14-game streak into the game.
Intimidating Starter: Tony Bucciferro, 23, makes his 11th start of the year at Class A and his second against Delmarva. He is coming off consecutive scoreless outings, including a win Aug. 22 against Savannah in which he struck out a career-high 10 hitters over 7.0 innings. He is now 3-2 with a 1.00 ERA (5 ER/45 IP) with 49 strikeouts and four walks in seven starts since returning to Kannapolis July 18 from Advanced Rookie Bristol. Since July 20, his 1.00 ERA is second-best in the SAL, behind Hagerstown’s Brett Mooneyham (0.65). Bucciferro is in his third stint with Kannapolis, after appearing in three games (two starts) in early June, then coming up from Bristol for a spot-start July 7 at Hickory. Between the SAL and Appalachian League, he is 4-5 with a 2.49 ERA (22 IP/79.2 IP) with 86 strikeouts and six walks in 14 games (13 starts). He dominated the APPY, going 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts. He struck out a career-high nine in his first game of the year with Bristol and equaled that mark on July 12 in 6.0 innings at Elizabethton. He rejoined the Intimidators when Braulio Ortiz was promoted to A-Advanced Winston-Salem July 18. The Sox drafted Bucciferro in the 14th round of the June 2012 draft out of Michigan State where he started for four years and now ranks among school leaders in starts, wins, strikeouts and IP.
Dealing for Delmarva: Bennett Parry, who turned 22 this month, makes his ninth start of the season and his second against Kannapolis. He worked 6.0 scoreless innings to lead the Birds to a 3-0 shutout win against the Intimidators on Aug. 11 at CMC-NorthEast Stadium. As a starter, Parry is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA (14 ER/40 IP) in eight starts compared to 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA in seven relief appearances this year. While Parry is coming off his roughest start of the season, allowing six runs over 5.2 innings, he had posted a 1.27 ERA in his previous four starts in August. The left-hander is holding right-handed hitters to a .230 average while lefties are batting .314 (11-35) against him. He spent last season between the GCL Orioles and Short-Season Aberdeen, going 1-4 with a 2.70 ERA (14 ER/46.2 IP) with 52 strikeouts and 14 walks. He made his professional debut with the GCL Orioles in 2011 appearing in two games. The Orioles drafted Parry in the 40th round of the June 2011 draft.
May-hem: The South Atlantic League recognized Jacob May as the Batter of the Week for Aug. 19-25, the first Intimidator to earn a weekly award in 2013. The center fielder went 2-3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored on Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games, batting .446 (25-56) with four doubles, two triples and two home runs with seven RBI since Aug. 13. He has an on-base percentage of .492, is slugging .696, and has recorded nine multi-hit games in this span. After hitting just .174 in 24 game in July, the White Sox third round pick in June 2013 owns a slash of .392/.440/.639 in 24 August games.
Warm Coats: All-Star Jason Coats ranks fourth in the SAL with 81 RBI this season, just six behind league-leader Francisco Sosa of Asheville (87). The outfielder ranks second in at-bats (492) and third in games (127). Coats is batting .268 for Kannapolis in his professional debut and leads Kannapolis with 12 home runs.
Tim’s Tally: Tim Anderson, the White Sox first round pick in the June 2013 draft, is on an 8-game hitting streak, the second-longest of his season. He is batting .345 (10-29) in eight games since Aug. 19, and he has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games. Anderson is batting .286 (26-91) in 23 games in August after a rough July in which he hit .235. Anderson made his professional debut with Kannapolis on June 20, and he is batting .273 this season.
Adam Untouchable: Since moving into the rotation, Adam Lopez has been one of the most consistent arms for the Intimidators. He is now 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA (6 ER/33.1 IP) in his six starts compared to going 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 25 relief appearances. Lopez has not given up a run in his last three starts, spanning 18.0 innings.
Fresh Danish: Tyler Danish, the White Sox 2nd round pick (55th overall) in the June 2013 draft, worked 2.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts (three looking) in his Class A debut Saturday with the Intimidators. Danish retired six of the seven batters he faced, allowing one single. Chicago promoted the right-hander from Advanced Rookie Bristol on Aug. 20. He went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 games (1 start) in the Appalachian League. He is expected to make one more appearance, working another 2.0 innings, before the season ends.