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Former Knights Move On…

There just isn’t enough baseball talk to go around. I know, I know, its the offseason. But still…

Sure, I watch MLB Network everyday. I listen to Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM everyday to hear his baseball chatter… but I need more. I’m tired of football, basketball, and hockey. I need baseball.


This year, I have the opportunity of attending the MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL. I’m thrilled! As I enter my eighth season in professional baseball in 2014 — I’ll be attending the Winter Meetings for the first time in my career. And, if there was ever a year to attend, I think this is the year.

With so many things happening this year — brand-new ballpark (BB&T Ballpark), the Triple-A National Championship Game, and much, much, more, attending this year’s meetings will be very beneficial. Also, to add to the excitement, I was chosen to moderate the International PR/Media Session in Orlando. I can’t wait!

One thing you can expect is tons of blog posts! Expect audio interviews and updates throughout the week!

Over the course of the offseason, a number of former Knights players have gone on to sign contracts with other organizations.

Here’s the latest…

Anthony Carter (2011-12) – Signed Minor League contract with San Diego
Carter, a Georgia native, was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 26th round of the 2005 draft. The hard-throwing right-hander made his way through Chicago’s system and made his Charlotte debut in 2011. Over the course of two seasons withe the Knights (74 games), Carter posted a 4-8 record with five saves and a 5.73 ERA (110 IP). All four of Carter’s Charlotte wins came during the 2012 season — when he went 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA and two saves (62.2 IP).


The 27-year-old became a free agent after the 2012 season and latched on with the Boston Red Sox on a Minor League deal during the offseason. It turned out to be a great move for Carter, who excelled all season for the PawSox in their bullpen.

Appearing in a team-high 52 games, Carter posted a 2-0 record with a 3.47 ERA and a team-best 24 saves for Pawtucket. Overall, he finished second in the IL in saves — just four behind the category leader Jairo Asencio (Norfolk). Carter also finished second in games and tied for first in games finished (40). He was a top reliever all season and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star game in July.

On November 18, Carter signed a Minor League deal with the San Diego Padres. He received an invite to Spring Training and he should have a good chance at making his Major League debut with the Pads sometime in 2014. 

Dan Johnson (2012) Signed Minor League contract with Toronto 
Johnson was a superstar in 2012 with the Charlotte Knights. The former A’s and Rays slugger had an impressive year in Fort Mill. The Minnesota native hit .267 with 28 home runs and 85 RBIs in 137 games. He also walked 94 times, scored 77 runs, and ripped 127 hits.

Johnson moved around a bit in 2013. He signed a Minor League deal with the New York Yankees and hit .253 with 21 home runs and 69 RBIs in 133 games for Triple-A SWB. He appeared in three games with the Baltimore Orioles (.000 BA, 0-5) and five games with Triple-A Norfolk (.154 BA, 2-13).

Recently, Johnson inked a Minor League deal with the Toronto Blue Jays on November 15. His deal also included an invite to Spring Training. Johnson has had some important Big League at-bats during his career and will hope for a shot with the Jays.

In 12 Minor League seasons, he owns a lifetime .288 batting average with 221 home runs and 824 RBIs (1,151 games).

Jason Berken (2013)Signed Minor League contract with San Francisco berken_2_full
Berken, a product of Clemson University, signed with the White Sox just days before the regular season. In fact, Berken arrived at Knights Stadium on Media Day. Still, he proved to be a key cog in the team’s rotation all season.

The former Baltimore righty started 27 games for the Knights and posted a 12-12 mark with a 3.80 ERA (161.0 IP). His 12 wins were tied for second in the IL, while his 27 starts also ranked tied for second. He also ranked tied for second in losses and third in innings pitched. He was a consistent starter for the Knights during a year when the team had its ups and downs. He tossed one complete game and finished second on the Knights in strikeouts (117).

Berken, who has appeared in 110 career Major League games, recently signed a Minor League contract with the Giants. The Green Bay, WI native will look to make his way back to the show this season. The Giants always seem to do a good job finding and working with pitchers (Ryan Vogelsong is a prime example).

That’s it for today’s blog post, but check back soon. A number of other former Knights have latched on with new teams. Stay tuned…

Winter Meetings — It’s 73 degrees in Charlotte!!

Hello and welcome to the Winter Meetings edition of Print“Knight Fever”. It’s my first December living in South Carolina — and I am loving the weather! Back in the Northeast the weather is cold, damp, foggy, and there is snow on the ground. Not here! It’s baseball weather today and I am in the baseball mood!

The Winter Meetings began this week in Nashville and I did not make the trip. Every year I say I am going to go, but I just never end up going. I’ll enter my seventh year in baseball in 2013 and I have yet to make the trip. I say this every year, but next year I plan to go. We’ll see.

With that, let’s take a look at some of the recent Charlotte Knights news from last week. I’ll be back with more updates again a couple of times this week. Stay tuned!

Anthony Carter — Carter was among two players non-tenderecarter_anthonyd by the Chicago White Sox on Friday. As a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, Carter spent the entire 2012 campaign with the Knights. The right-handed reliever compiled a 4-6 record with a 4.60 ERA and two saves in 39 games (one start).

Originally a 26th round selection of the White Sox out of the June 2005 draft, Carter also appeared in 35 games with the Knights in 2011. The Georgia native posted a 0-2 mark with a 7.23 ERA with three saves that year.

Perhaps his best season as a reliever came back in 2010 when he posted a 1-4 mark with a 3.92 ERA and a Southern League-best 22 saves. He was a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star that season and his 22 saves led all Sox farmhands. He entered the 2011 season ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America.

Carter, who is now a free agent, is currently pitching for Indios de Mayaguez of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rican Winter League). In nine games, he is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA (10.2 IP, 13 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 8 SO).

Dan Johnson – Johnson had one of the finest seasons in Knights franchise history in 2012Charlotte Knights vs Norfolk Tides 4-7-2012 186. The Minnesota native led the Knights in nearly every offensive category. He hit .267 with 28 home runs, 85 RBIs, and 77 runs scored. He was an International Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star.

His impressive season earned him a promotion to the Majors and he appeared in 14 games with the Sox. He hit .364 with three home runs and six RBIs over that span. All three of his home runs came in one game. On October 3, Johnson became just the 15th player in White Sox franchise history to hit three home runs in a game.

On Friday, Johnson was also non-tendered and became a free agent. It will be interesting to see where he ends up for 2013. Johnson has been a force in the International League in four of the last five years. He’s averaged 24 home runs and 79 RBIs over his four years in the International League span. Overall, he has 96 IL home runs and 315 RBIs.

For his career, Johnson has hit 200 home runs at the Minor League level with 754 RBIs.

Philip Humber – Humber, who made two rehab appearances with the Knights in 2012, was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on Friday. It was a season to mostly remember for Humber, who tossed the 21st Perfect Game in MLB history on April 21 against Seattle.

From June 17-July 17, however, Humber was on the disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain. He made three rehab appearances — one with Birmingham and two with Charlotte. He threw 2.1 innings against the Gwinnett Braves in Gwinnett on July 1 and then four innings against Norfolk at Knights Stadium five days later.

Humber talked to the Charlotte media after his start on July 6 at Knights Stadium. Here are all four parts of his post-game press conference from Fort Mill:

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Knights Go for the Sweep Tonight…

2011 & 2012 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Charlotte Knights won five of eight games against the Toledo Mud Hens. Tonight, the two clubs conclude their four-game set from Toledo. This is the last scheduled game between these two clubs during the regular season. The Knights enter today’s game in first place after taking the first three games of this series. Charlotte is now 5-2 against the Mud Hens in 2012 after last night’s 6-1 victory and go for the sweep tonight.

AGAIN? UN-DOYL-E-VABLE!: Terry Doyle once again had a no-hitter late in the game Thursday night. He did not give up his first hit until the ninth inning and pitched 8.1 innings only allowing one hit and one run to get his fifth straight win. Doyle struck out nine. He is the current IL Player of the Week after taking a no-hitter into the eighth on May 28 vs. Rochester and only allowing two runs in six innings on June 2nd at Gwinnett. On May 11th vs. Buffalo, Doyle struck out a season-high 10, and on May 17th at Norfolk, he pitched a seven-inning complete game. Five of his six wins have come on the road.

Padding the Lead: Once again Thursday night, the Knights gained a game in the standing on the Gwinnett Braves. They now lead the Braves by 2.5 games after another Lehigh Valley victory over Gwinnett coupled with another Knights’ win over Toledo.

Break Out the Brooms?: The Knights will go for the four-game road sweep of the Mud Hens tonight. Dylan Axelrod (4-3, 2.89) will take the mound for Charlotte. The Knights have won 12 of their last 15 and are 5-2 against Toledo this season with one game left.

Turning 2: For the second night in a row and fourth time this season, the Knights turned three double plays Thursday night.

Phenomenal Phegley: Josh Phegley was 2-for-3 Thursday night and scored two runs. He now has a 10-game hitting streak and a team-high 18 multi-hit games.

Forget About It…It’s Ova: By getting out to an early lead and holding on again Thursday night, Charlotte improved their record when leading after five innings to 30-4 on the season.

Shut ‘em Down: Toledo’s two hits on Thursday night were the lowest total for a Knights opponent so far this season.

The Streak is Still Alive: With his bases-clearing double in the ninth inning Thursday night, Greg Golson extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Like He DREW It Up: Drew Garcia had a three-run home run, his first homer as a Knight this season, in the fourth inning Thursday night to put Charlotte up 3-0.

White Sox Purchase Contract of Danks: Jordan Danks became the fourth Charlotte Knights player to be promoted to Chicago this season as the Sox purchased his contract on Thursday. He joined other 2012 Knights Dylan Axlerod, Eric Stults and Jose Quintana. Danks made his Major League debut in the 8th inning of Chicago’s game as a pinch-runner.

Danks leaves the club batting .302 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. He hit a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning on Wednesday to bust open a 2-1 ballgame and give the Knights a 5-1 win. It was his third homer against Toledo this season and seventh against the Mud Hens in 20 games. For the Sox, Danks took the spot of outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 4) with a strained right oblique.