The four main Chicago White Sox affiliates kicked off their 2014 seasons on Thursday night.
The Winston-Salem Dash (Class-A) and the Kannapolis Intimidators (Class-A Advanced) both lost their openers, while the Birmingham Barons (Double-A) and the Charlotte Knights (Triple-A) won respectively.
Here’s a quick breakdown of each affiliate’s opening games:
Winston-Salem Dash (Low-A, Carolina League)
- The Dash got off to a rough start again by losing their ninth opener in the last 11 years. They only mustered three hits in a 3-1 loss to the Wilmington Waves.
- On top of only a three-hit performance, the Dash committed four errors in the field.
- The prospect to keep your eye for Winston-Salem is Courtney Hawkins. The 20-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas was the White Sox first-round pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft. Hawkins scored Winston-Salem’s only run on Thursday after leading off the seventh inning with a double off the wall.
Kannapolis Intimidators (High-A, South Atlantic League)
- The Intimidators also got off to slow start in 2014 under new manager Pete Rose Jr. with a 3-1 loss to the Greenville Drive. Kannapolis only racked up four hits in the loss.
- On Friday, Tyler Danish will take the hill for the Intimidators. Danish was the second-round pick of the White Sox in the 2013 Amateur Draft from Valrico, Florida.
Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Southern League)
- The Barons exploded out of the gate in 2014 with a 9-2 win over the Montgomery Biscuits. Birmingham scored all nine runs in the first six innings.
- Gordon Beckham began his rehab stint on Thursday with the Barons by going 0-for-3.
- Micah Johnson (the No. 5 prospect in the White Sox organization) went 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and a couple of runs knocked in from the lead-off spot.
- Chris Beck (the No. 10 prospect in the White Sox organization) got the win as he went five innings, gave up four hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts.
Charlotte Knights (Triple-A, International League)
- Charlotte also got off to a good start in 2014 with a 3-0 win over the Norfolk Tides on Thursday. Three Knights pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout.
- Scott Carroll (1-0, 0.00 ERA) went six solid innings, struck out four and picked up the win.
- Matt Davidson (acquired in the Addison Reed trade for the Sox this past off-season) went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
- Jared Mitchell, the White Sox first-round pick in 2009, crushed a home run in the fifth inning to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
- Josh Phegley added the insurance run in the ninth inning with an RBI triple to make it 3-0 Charlotte.