Former Bulls Join White Sox Organization…

Let’s check in on some news and notes around the Charlotte Knights and Chicago White Sox.

First, earlier today I announced that the Knights will hold their Annual Knights Fest on Saturday, March 24. I am really excited to be a part of this extra-special day. It will be one of the first times I get to meet Knights fans. I’m looking forward to seeing our passionate fans here at the ballpark for the first of many times in 2012!

Now, let’s take a look at some of the on-the-field news. 

Two 2011 Durham Bulls Sign With White Sox Organization
Veterans Johnson and Olmedo Ink Minor League Deals

Dan Johnson
Fans of the Charlotte Knights will probably remember Johnson from his days with the Durham Bulls. He was a monster at the plate — launching big home runs at a great pace. In 2010, Johnson captured the International League MVP award after posting a .303 batting average with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs.

Last week, the White Sox announced that they signed Johnson to a Minor League contract.

A seventh-round pick in the 2001 draft by the Oakland A’s, Johnson, 32, has thrived at the Minor League level, but has also had success in the Majors.  In parts of six Major League seasons, the Minnesota native has launched 53 home runs. His most impressive season at the dish came in 2007 when he hit 18 home runs and drove in 62 RBIs for the A’s.

More recently, at the Major League level, Tampa Bay fans will remember Johnson for a key home run he hit last season.

On the final day of the 2011 regular season, Johnson hit a game-tying two-run blast, which helped propel the Rays into the playoffs as the American League Wild Card winners.

Johnson carries a big bat as he embarks on a new career with the Chicago White Sox organization. His career Minor League totals are impressive: .289 batting average, 196 home runs, 726 RBIs through 993 games played.

Ray Olmedo –
Olmedo, 30, was signed by the White Sox to a Minor League contract this offseason and was among 18 players invited to spring training by the club.

The Venezuelan infielder spent the 2011 season with Durham and recorded a .260 batting average over 124 games played. He played both second base and shortstop, and was a teammate of Dan Johnson.

A switch-hitting middle infielder, Olmedo has spent parts of 13 seasons in the Minors. Over the years, he’s also spent time at 3B and in the outfield.

Olmedo was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 1999 and has appeareed in 198 Major League games over parts of five seasons. His last time in the Majors came with Toronto in 2007.

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