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Phillippe Aumont Signed…

Recently, the Chicago White Sox announced their list of players who will each receive a non-roster invitation to spring training. With that, the club also announced the signings of a number of players to minor league contracts. Let’s take an in-depth look at one of those recent signings. phillippe

RHP Phillippe Aumont, who was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round (11th overall) of the 2007 draft, was one of those players signed. Aumont, 27, is a native of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada and has pitched in the majors over parts of four seasons — all with the Philadelphia Phillies (2012-15).

Aumont appeared in two minor league seasons with the Seattle Mariners organization before being dealt to the Phillies organization as part of the blockbuster trade that brought Cliff Lee to the City of Brotherly Love. That trade, which also featured Seattle prospects J.C. Ramirez and Tyson Gillies, took place on December 16, 2009. All three players began the 2010 season with the Reading Phillies (Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies). I remember it well since I was the team’s PR Director that season.

The Canadian native made his way to the majors over the course of a four-year stretch from 2012-2015. He compiled a 1-6 mark with two saves and a 6.80 ERA in 46 big league games with the Phillies.

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Last season, the 6’7″ right-hander was converted back to a starting pitcher after moving to the bullpen full-time in 2011. The moved paid off for him at the Triple-A level with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

As a starter last season with the ‘Pigs, Aumont posted a 3-4 record with a 2.55 ERA (10 starts). He beat the Knights in a start on May 23rd in Allentown (W, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 SO). Overall, Aumont posted a 3-4 record with a 2.35 ERA in 14 games for the ‘Pigs to earn a promotion to Philadelphia.

After appearing in one game with the Phillies last season, however, the team designated him for assignment. Four days later, he elected free agency.

Aumont later joined Team Canada and pitched in the Pan Am games. He pitched 13 scoreless innings for his native country and helped lead the team to win the gold.

On July 28, 2015, Aumont signed with the Toronto Blue Jays organization and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo, where he made five appearances.  He was later released by the Jays on August 20.

Now, Aumont will get a chance to shine in the White Sox organization. The 27-year-old brings with him a career 20-38 record and a 3.99 ERA over 256 games at the minor league level.

Former Knights in the Postseason: Clayton Richard

LHP Clayton Richard has become a key contributor to the Chicago Cubs out of their bullpen during the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason. Richard, who was acquired by the Cubs from the Pirates on July 3, 2015, appeared in two games during Chicago’s NLDS matchup against the Cardinals and didn’t allow a run (0.2 IP).

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 18:  Pitcher Brooks Raley #43 poses during Chicago Cubs photo day on February 18, 2013 at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Currently, Richard and the Cubs are competing against the National League East-winning New York Mets in the NLCS and are down 3-0 in the series. Richard has appeared in all three games out of the ‘pen and has allowed just two hits over two scoreless innings.

Originally a starter, Richard has become a solid left-handed pitcher for the Cubs during the playoffs.

It’s fitting for Richard to perform well in Chicago, since he’s been there before.

The Lafayette, IN native was originally drafted by the the Chicago White Sox in the eighth round of the 2005 draft and made his way through the White Sox system over the next three seasons.

Richard eventually made his way to Fort Mill, SC to pitch for the Charlotte Knights in 2008, before a promotion to the South Side was in his cards later that year.

He excelled during his time with the Knights.

Appearing in seven games with the club in 2008, Richard posted an impressive 6-0 record with a 2.45 ERA over 44.0 innings pitched. During that 2008 campaign, he worked his way up to Charlotte after compiling a 6-6 record with a 2.47 ERA over 83.2 innings pitched with the Double-A Birmingham Barons.

At 24 years old, Richard made his Triple-A debut for the Charlotte Knights on June 12, 2008 in Norfolk and went seven solid innings for the win (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO). He continued to dominate Triple-A hitters over his short stint with the Knights — winning his first six starts. After those six games, he was 6-0 with a 2.37 ERA. 

Richard’s dominating run led to a promotion to the White Sox and his major league debut on July 23. On that day, the University of Michigan product tossed four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in a no-decision.

He returned to the Knights and made one more start with the team on August 8 — allowing two runs over six innings in a no-decision.

The following season, Richard was a key piece in the trade deadline deal that brought RHP Jake Peavy to Chicago from San Diego. In five season with the Padres (2009-2013), Richard went 40-39 with a 4.16 ERA in 108 games (107 starts). He became a free agent after the 2013 season.

After undergoing surgery in February (2014), Richard signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 1 and finished up the campaign with four games pitched over two levels (Double-A & Triple-A).

Richard signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 3, 2014 and pitched for both Bradenton (A+) and Indianapolis (Triple-A) in 2015, before finding a role in Chicago’s bullpen. Now, the 32-year-old left-hander has found a role in Chicago’s ‘pen and has excelled in the process.

Talking Baseball: Jeff Schaefer

Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.

As part of my job as the PR/Media Relations Director with the Charlotte Knights, I get the opportunity to work with some great people. That’s why I love what I do.

Jeff Schaefer with the Charlotte O's. (No mullet... yet!)

Jeff Schaefer with the Charlotte O’s. (No mullet… yet!)

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet former Charlotte O’s/Charlotte Knights infielder Jeff Schaefer. He’s a baseball guy, I’m a baseball guy, and we talked baseball. We talked about the state of the game. We talked about what the game used to be and where it was going. We even talked about Strat-O-Matic!

Jeff loves to talk baseball. He is baseball.

Since February, 2015, Jeff has been talking baseball weekly on Saturday mornings at 11 AM on 610 AM WFNZ. He talks about the game of baseball from the Little League level to the Major League level. And why not? He worked as hard as anyone to make that transition across every level of the game. He spent parts of five seasons in the majors. Each week, I get to talk baseball with him on air and it’s a blast.

And now, among other things, he’s giving back to the Charlotte community.

“Schaef” was at BB&T Ballpark on Friday, October 16 to talk baseball. He was also on hand to look at the Diamonds Direct Luxury Lounge, which will host the first-ever “Home Plate Gala” in support of the “U Deserve A Chance Foundation” on November 7th.

Seattle Mariners days (with that famous mullet)

Seattle Mariners days (with that famous mullet)

The UDACF was first developed with the idea of leveling the playing field for underprivileged players. For many, the cost to participate at the level necessary to achieve collegiate exposure was simply beyond reach. UDACF bridges that gap and provides the disadvantaged with the necessary support to advance their dreams. With your support the UDACF looks to continue this service and take it even farther with even more players of all ages being reached.

I caught up with Jeff to talk about the game of baseball, the “U Deserve A Chance Foundation” and their big “Home Plate Gala” on November 7th.

The event will be a celebration of the game of baseball. There will be many prominent figures from around the Carolinas on hand to talk baseball. Wake Forest Head Baseball Coach Tom Walter will receive the 2015 UDACF Spirit of the Game Award. Director of USA Baseball, Rick Riccobono will deliver the keynote speech.

Talking Baseball – Episode #1: Jeff Schaefer


For more information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets, check out their website at http://www.udacf.org. To listen to the Schaefer Baseball Report on WFNZ online every Saturday at 11 AM, follow this link: http://wfnz.com/listen-live/

Spotlight On: Drew Garcia

Throughout the offseason, I’ll have a weekly blog highlighting one of Charlotte’s players from the 2015 campaign. The Knights finished at 74-70 in the International League South Division, which was tied for third with the Durham Bulls. On-the-field and at-the-gates, the 2015 season was a successful one in Uptown Charlotte.

A familiar face returned to the Chicago White Sox organization in 2015.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Infielder Drew Garcia, who was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 21st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, was back in the Chicago system and back in a Charlotte Knights uniform in 2015.

While he began the 2015 campaign in Double-A Birmingham, Garcia returned to the Knights for his fourth season on April 23 when he was promoted from the Barons.

An eight-year minor league veteran, Garcia appeared in 227 games with the Knights from 2011-13. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies organization in 2013 and spent the remainder of that season, as well as the 2014 season, in Colorado Springs (Triple-A).

In 2015, Garcia returned to Charlotte and began to move up the ranks in Knights franchise history. He played in his 300th career Knights game on Friday, August 28, which moved him into an elite club.

On that date, Garcia became just the fifth player in Knights franchise history to appear in 300 career Knights games. He joined four other Knights (Jordan Danks, Joe Borchard, Rusty Crockett, and Chris Clapinski).

After playing in the final game of the 2015 regular season on September 7, Garcia finished his fourth season with the Knights and tallied a total of 310 games (fifth in Knights franchise history).

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Also in 2015, Garcia totaled his 1,000 career Knights at-bat on August 14. During the season, he passed Carlos Sanchez for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time at-bats list and later went on to pass Josh Fields for fourth place. Overall, Garcia finished his fourth season with Charlotte with a total of 1,074 career Knights at-bats, which ranks fourth in franchise history.

Garcia also added 13 doubles in 2015 and has 63 doubles during his Knights tenure, which ranks eighth all-time in franchise history.

Spotlight On: Matt Davidson

Throughout the offseason, I’ll have a weekly blog highlighting one of Charlotte’s players from the 2015 campaign. The Knights finished at 74-70 in the International League South Division, which was tied for third with the Durham Bulls. On-the-field and at-the-gates, the 2015 season was a successful one in Uptown Charlotte.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

3B Matt Davidson finished the 2015 campaign as the IL leader in home runs with 23. His league-leading shot came on Friday, September 4 at BB&T Ballpark where he hit 18 of his 23 long balls in 2015.

For his career, Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons.

Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round of the 2009 draft, Davidson has compiled 123 home runs at the minor league level over parts of seven seasons. The Yucaipa, CA native was traded to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for reliever Addison Reed on December 16, 2013.

While the 2015 season saw Davidson lead the IL in home runs, the talented third baseman also finished at or near the top in a number of other categories in 2015.

Davidson led the IL in games played (141) and finished second in the IL in at-bats (528), as well as second in walks (62). His 141 games played in 2015 are now the second most in a single season by a Knights player. Only Tim Hummel and Bry Nelson appeared in more games in a single season with the Knights (142). Davidson’s 528 at-bats now rank as the sixth most at-bats for a Knights player in a single-season.

In two seasons with the Knights, Davidson has compiled 43 home runs, which puts him in ninth place in franchise history. He is also now 10th in at-bats (1,006), and 10th in games played (271). His 129 RBIs in two seasons rank 11th in franchise history.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Defensively, Davidson also shined at the hot corner for the Knights in 2015. He led all IL third baseman in fielding percentage (.971), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (281). He also finished the season tied for first in double plays (24) with Syracuse third baseman Jason Martinson.

He was a 2015 International League All-Star and also represented the Knights in the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

For his efforts throughout the year, Davidson was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League.

Spotlight On: Erik Johnson

Throughout the offseason, I’ll have a weekly blog highlighting one of Charlotte’s players from the 2015 campaign. The Knights finished at 74-70 in the International League South Division, which was tied for third with the Durham Bulls. On-the-field and at-the-gates, the 2015 season was a successful one in Uptown Charlotte.

The 2015 season was a memorable one for Charlotte Knights RHP Erik Johnson.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

A year after he was tabbed by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in Chicago’s system, Johnson began the 2015 ready to pitch. And that’s just what he did — and he did it well.

  • He was a 2015 International League All-Star.
  • He started the Triple-A All-Star Game for the IL squad and tossed two scoreless innings.
  • He was a 2015 International League Post-Season All-Star
  • He was named as the IL Most Valuable Pitcher

Let’s take an in-depth look back at Johnson’s memorable 2015 campaign:

His 2015 season began with his first appearance on April 13 out of the Charlotte bullpen. He tossed three shutout innings and earned a win that day over the Durham Bulls. He later worked his way into Charlotte’s rotation — where he became the ace.

Johnson made his first start of the 2015 season on April 18 against the Gwinnett Braves and was solid over five innings en route to his second win of the season. He was 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA at that point. He won one more time in April and finished the first month of the season with a 3-1 record and a 2.04 ERA (four games).

The calendar turned to May and Johnson hit his first — and only rough patch of the season. He made six starts for the Knights and compiled a 1-3 record with a 5.29 ERA. His only win came on May 20 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO).

As the days heated up, so did Johnson. His June was one for the ages and he was awarded for his solid pitching.

On June 22, Johnson was named as the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of June 15-21 after he  struck-out 20 batters over 14 scoreless innings in two starts over that week.

The 25-year-old began the week on Tuesday, June 16 by throwing six scoreless innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox from BB&T Ballpark. On that day, he earned his fifth win of the 2015 campaign and struck-out a career game-high 11 batters. The Mountain View, CA native followed up that impressive performance on Sunday, June 21 with eight scoreless innings and nine strikeouts for his sixth win of the season. He finished the week 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (14.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 20 SO). At that point in the season, Johnson improved to 6-5 with a 3.00 ERA and he was the IL leader in strikeouts with 88.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Overall in June, he posted a 3-1 record with a 1.03 ERA in five starts. He struck-out 41 batters over 35.0 innings pitched and allowed just 23 hits. He didn’t allow an earned run over 29-consecutive innings pitched (June 5-June 26). Then came July.

He didn’t allow a run in the month — including his three Knights starts (15.0 IP) and his start in the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game (2.0 IP).

A member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, Johnson along with three of his teammates, represented the Charlotte Knights as 2015 International League All-Stars. He started the Triple-A All-Star Game, which took place on July 15 in Omaha, NE, and became just the fourth Knights pitcher in franchise history elected to start the Triple-A All-Star Game. After tossing two scoreless innings for the IL squad that night, Johnson joined Julian Tavarez (1994), Charlie Haeger (2006), and Carlos Torres (2010) as the only Knights to start the game.

Johnson wrapped up his final month of the season with Charlotte in August and posted a 3-2 record with a 2.20 ERA in five starts. He won his final three starts with the Knights (8/13-8/25) — allowing just three runs over that 21.0 inning span. His final start of the season came on August 25 at BB&T Ballpark against the Gwinnett Braves. He threw eight solid innings for the victory.

In 23 games (22 starts) with the Charlotte Knights in 2015, Johnson posted an 11-8 record with a 2.37 ERA. His 11 wins finished in a tie for third place, four behind IL leader Toru Murata. His minuscule 2.37 ERA led the IL. He also led the league in strikeouts (136), strikeouts per nine innings (9.23 ratio), and WHIP (1.12).

Originally selected in the second round of the 2011 draft out of the University of California-Berkeley, Johnson appeared in 132.2 innings overall with the Knights in 2015 and allowed 40 runs (35 earned) total.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

For his outstanding season, Johnson was named as the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher on September 1st and the starting pitcher on the International League’s 2015 Postseason All-Star Team. Just hours later, he was promoted to Chicago to finish the season with the Chicago White Sox.

Johnson became the first Knights starting pitcher elected to the IL Postseason All-Star Team since Carlos Torres in 2009. He also became Charlotte’s first IL Most Valuable Pitcher since Heath Phillips in 2006.

Overall, Johnson’s 2015 numbers were some of the best by a Knights starter in franchise history. His 2.37 ERA ranks second in Knights single-season history, while his 136 strikeouts rank seventh in Knights single-season history.

Johnson also moved up the all-time ranks in Knights franchise history in a number of categories. With 20 career Knights wins, Johnson is now tied for ninth with Mike Porzio. His 256 strikeouts are now seventh all-time in franchise history.

You can continue to follow Johnson this month as he is now pitching for the Chicago White Sox. He continues to shine, too. He won his 2015 White Sox season debut on September 6 after tossing six solid innings over the Kansas City Royals. As of September 14, he is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts for the White Sox this season.

Knights Knotes — August 22, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will continue their seven-game homestand from BB&T Ballpark today with game three of their four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) at 12:05 p.m. from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The two teams split the doubleheader yesterday and the Knights are now 38-26 at home this season. Charlotte enters today’s game in third place – 6.5 games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are also 6.0 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus – tied for third with Rochester. The two teams are behind Gwinnett, who is in second in the IL Card Race. The G-Braves are 3.5 games back. knights knotes

LAST KNIGHTS GAME(S): The Charlotte Knights split a doubleheader against the Indianapolis Indians last night from BB&T Ballpark, dropping the first game of the twin bill, 5-1, and winning the second game of the night, 7-2. Indians starter Vance Worley pitched a complete game in the first game for the win (9 SO), Daniel Webb earned the win in game two.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Kyle Drabek (7-7, 3.27) will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has limited opposing batters to a .233 batting average this season – fifth lowest in the IL among starters. The former Phillies farmhand was designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox (April 20) and officially outrighted to Charlotte on April 22. He made his Knights debut on April 24 at Norfolk — his first start in Triple-A since August 31, 2014 when he made his final appearance of the season with Buffalo at Syracuse (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB). In three games with the White Sox this year, the Texas native posted a 5.06 ERA (5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO). He was claimed by Chicago on March 27, 2015 off waivers from Toronto. Last season with the Bisons, Drabek appeared in 32 games and started 13 – posting a 7-7 mark with a 4.18 ERA (99.0 IP, 116 H, 57 R, 46 ER, 30 BB, 68 SO). In six Major League seasons, Drabek owns a career mark of 8-15 with a 5.27 ERA in 42 games (30 starts). He won a career-best 14 games with Double-A New Hampshire in 2010. That season, he went 14-9 with an impressive 2.94 ERA in 27 games (all starts). He earned 2010 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year honors for his efforts and was also a mid-season and postseason EL All-Star as well as a MiLB.com Organization All-Star. He is the son of 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, who won 155 games in the majors.
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CHARLOTTE’S WEBB: Chicago White Sox RHP Daniel Webb began a major league rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights last night and earned the win in game two of the twin bill after tossing a scoreless innings. Webb, who is currently on Chicago’s 15-day disabled list with a back strain, began the 2015 season with the Charlotte Knights and after last night’s win is now 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 games (25.2 IP) with Charlotte. In 17 games with the White Sox this season, Webb is 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA (21.2 IP).

JACK & DAYAN: 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo jacked his third home run of the season with the Knights last night in game two of the twin bill (2nd inning off A.J. Morris). The home run was the 43rd of his Knights career, which is good for eighth most in franchise history. He is now one away from tying Josh Fields (44) for seventh all-time and three away from tying Josh Phegley (46) for sixth – and four away from fifth behind Jeff Liefer (47).

FRANCHISE HISTORY: Charlotte Knights infielder Drew Garcia, who is in his fourth season with the Knights, recently totaled his 1,000 career Knights at-bat (August 14) and now has 1,014 for his Knights career – which is tied for seventh with Chris Clapinski. Last night he played in his 293rd Knights game — passing Josh Phegley for seventh on the all-time Knights games played list. He also tied Chris Clapinski and Joe Borchard last night for eighth all-time in doubles with 62.

WHO’S HOT: Outfielder Tyler Colvin is hitting .292 (7-for-24) with three RBIs over his last 10 games… Catcher Rob Brantly launched his third home run of the season on Monday with the Knights in what was just his 14th game with the club since being promoted from Double-A Birmingham. Brantly, who is a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, is now hitting .309 (17-for-55) with 10 runs scored and 12 RBIs in 15 games. He has recorded at least two hits in six of his 15 games and has three games of three hits… 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo is hitting .324 (12-for-37) with five runs scored, two home runs, and five RBIs over his last 10 games… Since July 1, 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo leads the IL in home runs with 12 and has 31 RBIs over that span, which is the fifth highest in the IL over that span.

BIRTHDAY BOY: RHP Terance Marin (3-2, 2.47) started game two of the doubleheader yesterday on his birthday and allowed two runs over four innings. As a starter this season, the 26-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA (eight starts). Yesterday’s start was his first since July 25th.

IL LEADER IN OFFENSE & DEFENSE: 3B Matt Davidson is second behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (21) in the IL in home runs with 20 this season. Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons. He is second in the IL in games played (124), third in the IL in at-bats (467), and tied for fourth in walks (55). Defensively, Davidson has also had a terrific year. He leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.974), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (248) and second in double plays (21). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League.

IL LEADERBOARD: 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo is third in the IL in slugging percentage (.464), and is second in the IL in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.88)… Infielder/outfielder Leury Garcia is batting .297 (93-for-313) this season in 81 games, good for tied for sixth in the IL in 2015. He is also currently third in the IL this season in stolen bases with 29… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (82)… OF Jason Coats is fourth in the IL in RBIs (74).

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PITCHER’S TRIPLE CROWN WATCH: RHP Erik Johnson (10-8, 2.38) lowered his ERA to an International League best 2.38 on the season on Tuesday and is tied for second in the league in wins with 10. He leads the IL in strikeouts with (129) and in WHIP (1.11). Opponents are hitting just .217 against him (second lowest as a starting pitcher in the IL).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 117 – 10 more than second place Durham (107). The Knights as a team have hit 80 of their 117 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have the most homers at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A in 2015.

SELL-OUT CROWDS: With a crowd of 10,574 fans last night for the doubleheader, the Knights have welcomed 29 sell-out crowds to BB&T Ballpark during the 2015 regular season and 31 overall this year (White Sox game and USA Game). The ballpark led Minor League Baseball in attendance last season and the Knights are once against leading MiLB in 2015 with 595,255 through 63 games. The Knights are also leading MiLB n average per game this year with a mark of 9,448.

KNIGHTS HISTORY: RHP Erik Johnson moved up the ranks in Knights franchise history on Tuesday. His victory was his 19th as a member of the Knights, which is good for 10th all-time. He also moved into a tie for seventh all-time in strikeouts (249) and 10th all-time in games started (51)… 3B Matt Davidson hit his 40th Charlotte Knights home run on Monday (10th all-time)… Joel Skinner is the winningest manager in franchise history with 277 wins.

Knights Knotes — August 21, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will play a doubleheader tonight after last night’s opener of their seven-game homestand from BB&T Ballpark was postponed due to rain. Tonight, game one will start at 6:05 p.m. and there will be two seven-inning games against the Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates). knights knotesCharlotte concluded their five-game road trip on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Clippers in the finale of their two-game series. The Knights and Clippers split the two-game series and the Knights went 2-3 on the road trip to improve to 28-35 on the road this year. Charlotte enters tonight’s game in third place – 7.0 games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are also 5.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus.

KNIGHTS GAME 1 STARTING PITCHER: RHP Hector Noesi (1-3, 4.05) will make his seventh start of the season with the Knights tonight and appear in his eighth game with the team overall. Noesi began the season with the White Sox and posted a 0-4 record with a 6.89 ERA for Chicago in 10 games.

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

He was outrighted off Chicago’s roster on June 26 and assigned to Charlotte on June 28. Just a few days later (July 2), Noesi was placed on Charlotte’s Temporary Inactive List. He was activated off the Temporary Inactive List and made his Charlotte debut on July 11 in Norfolk out of the team’s bullpen. He allowed two hits over two shutout innings, while striking out three batters. Originally signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent on December 3, 2004, Noesi owns a career major league record of 12-31 with a 5.30 ERA in 107 games (53 starts) over parts of five big league seasons. The White Sox claimed Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers on April 25, 2014. He went 8-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for Chicago last year. Tonight’s start will be his first-ever career start against the Indians.

KNIGHTS GAME 2 STARTING PITCHER: RHP Terance Marin (3-2, 2.64) will make his eighth start of 2015 (first since July 25 at Gwinnett) and appear in his 16th overall game with the Knights in 2015. Marin, who is celebrating his 26th birthday today, did not allow a run over his first five games (29.0 IP) and had a 31.0 consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped in the third inning of his July 5th start. Still, the Modesto, CA native tossed 8.2 innings to earn his third win of the season that day. His career with the Knights began on Friday, June 5, 2015 when he was assigned to the Knights after he was on loan to the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League earlier this year. He posted a 2-5 record with a 4.94 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) in 47.1 innings pitched for the Toros. Other notable names on that Toros team with Marin this season were Jose Contreras, Miguel Olivo, and Yuniesky Betancourt. Before returning this season, Marin last pitched in Chicago’s organization last season – going 4-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 games (70.0 IP) for the Winston-Salem Dash. He also spent time last season with Double-A Birmingham and was 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA in two games (12.1 IP). Marin, who was originally signed by the White Sox as a free agent on July 12, 2010, was released by the organization last year. He then signed with the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters, made six starts, and then was re-signed by the White Sox on June 19, 2014. Marin went undrafted out of Modesto Junior College.

REHABBING: Chicago White Sox RHP Daniel Webb, who is currently on Chicago’s 15-day disabled list with a back strain, will begin a major league rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights tonight. Webb, 26, began the 2015 season with the Charlotte Knights and posted a 1-1 record with a 4.01 ERA in 15 games (24.2 IP). In 17 games with the White Sox this season, Webb is 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA (21.2 IP). The Paducah, Kentucky native spent the entire 2014 season with the Chicago White Sox and posted a 6-5 record with a 3.99 ERA in 57 games.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

DOUBLEHEADERS: The Knights will play their second doubleheader of the season at BB&T Ballpark –first non-day/night doubleheader this season in Uptown Charlotte. The Knights played three doubleheaders on the road and are 2-6 overall in doubleheaders this season.

WHO’S HOT: Outfielder Tyler Colvin is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three RBIs over his last five games… Catcher Rob Brantly launched his third home run of the season on Monday with the Knights in what was just his 14th game with the club since being promoted from Double-A Birmingham. Brantly, who is a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, is now hitting .321 (17-for-53) with 10 runs scored and 12 RBIs. He has recorded at least two hits in six of his 14 games and has three games of three hits… 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with three runs scored, one home run, and two RBIs over his last five games.

SINCE JULY 1: 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo leads the IL in home runs with 12 and has 31 RBIs over that span, which is the fifth highest in the IL over that span… Outfielder Jason Coats has hit eight home runs over that stretch, which is tied for fourth. He is also tied for fifth with Tuiasosopo over that span in RBIs (31). Coats also has 53 hits (tied for fifth).

IL LEADER IN OFFENSE & DEFENSE: 3B Matt Davidson is second behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (21) in the IL in home runs with 20 this season. Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons. He is second in the IL in games played (122), fourth in the IL in at-bats (460), and tied for fourth in walks (55). Defensively, Davidson has also had a terrific year. He leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.973), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (241) and second in double plays (21). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League.

IL LEADERBOARD: 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo is third in the IL in slugging percentage (.473), and is second in the IL in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.50)… Infielder/outfielder Leury Garcia is batting .293 (90-for-307) this season in 79 games, good for tied for ninth in the IL in 2015. He is also currently third in the IL this season in stolen bases with 29… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (80)… OF Jason Coats is fourth in the IL in RBIs (74).

MOUND WARRIOR: RHP Erik Johnson (10-8, 2.38) lowered his ERA to an International League best 2.38 on the season and also moved into a tie for second in the league in wins with 10 on Tuesday. He also increased his IL-leading total of strikeouts (129) and is also second in the IL in WHIP (1.11) and opponents are hitting just .217 against him (second lowest).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 116 – 11 more than second place Durham (105). The Knights as a team have hit 79 of their 115 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have the most homers at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A in 2015.

HOME SWEET HOME: In almost two seasons as BB&T Ballpark, the Knights are 72-62 overall and have welcomed over 1.2 million (1,272,396) fans. The ballpark led Minor League Baseball in attendance last season and the Knights are leading in average per game this year (9,430). Charlotte is second behind Indianapolis in 2015 overall, however Indianapolis has played two more home games (Charlotte has welcomed 584,681 to Indy’s 593,731).

Photo credit: Erik Johnson

Photo credit: Erik Johnson

KNIGHTS HISTORY: RHP Erik Johnson moved up the ranks in Knights franchise history on Tuesday. His commanding victory was his 19th as a member of the Knights, which is good for 10th all-time. He also moved into a tie for seventh all-time in strikeouts (249) and 10th all-time in games started (51)… 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo is eighth on the Knights franchise list for homers (42). He moved into a three-way tie for 10th place on the franchise list for RBIs (130)… 3B Matt Davidson hit his 40th Charlotte Knights home run on Monday (10th all-time)… Joel Skinner is the winningest manager in franchise history with 276 wins.

Knights Knotes — August 17, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will continue their five-game road trip through Ohio and open a two-game series against the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) tonight at 7:05 p.m. from Huntington Park in Columbus, OH. Last night, the Knights concluded their three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH with a 6-1 loss. The Knights dropped two of three from the Mud Hens. The Knights are 27-34 on the road this year. Charlotte enters tonight’s game in third place — seven games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are 4.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus. The Knights have just 10 home games left during the 2015 regular season. knights knotes

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: RHP Luis Cessa (1-1, 6.61) allowed just one run over five innings, Dixon Machado and Steven Moya had three hits apiece, and the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 6-1 on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: Charlotte RHP Scott Carroll (5-3, 3.38 ERA) will make his 13th start of the 2015 season with the Knights tonight and first against Columbus in 2015. Carroll has been promoted to the White Sox on three occasions this season and is 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA in 13 games for Chicago (29.0 IP). Since coming back to the Knights, Carroll has won two of his last three starts. He began the 2015 season with the Knights and started three games for the club before his contract was purchased by the White Sox on April 26. He posted a 1-1 record with a 3.12 ERA in eight games for the White Sox before being optioned down to the Knights on May 28. He returned to the Knights and won back-to-back starts (5/31 & 6/6) – both at BB&T Ballpark. He was also recalled to Chicago on June 18 and August 1.

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Last season with the Knights in four starts, he won IL Pitcher of the Week honors before earning a promotion to Chicago. He entered his final 2014 start with the Knights without having allowed an earned run in 19.0 innings pitched. Carroll had his contract purchased by the White Sox on April 27 and made his Major League debut that day in a start against Tampa Bay (W, 7.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER). It was the longest outing by a White Sox pitcher making his Major League debut since Gerry Janeski on April 10, 1970 (also 7.1 IP). Carroll spent part of the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and appeared in just 11 starts between Bristol and Birmingham.

CARROLL VS. COLUMBUS: Carroll has not faced the Clippers in his Knights career (25 games), but did face the Clippers a number of times as a member of the Louisville Bats (2011-12). His last appearances against Columbus came on April 15, 2012. His last appearance at Huntington Park came on April 6, 2012. In his career against the Clippers, Carroll is 2-1, 4.55 ERA (7 G, 4 GS, 29.2 IP, 35 H, 15 R, 15 ER, 14 SO).

COATS OF ARMOR: OF Jason Coats recorded his team-high 73rd RBI of the season last night which is tied for second in the IL this season. Coats is seven RBIs away from recording at least 80 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. He was drafted in 2012 by Chicago (29th round). Coats has 30 RBIs since July 1st, which is the fourth highest total over that span. Teammate Matt Tuiasosopo has 31 RBIs over that span (third highest). Coats also has seven home runs over that span, which is fifth highest. Tuiasosopo has 12, which is the most.

KNIGHTS ANNOUNCE 2016 SCHEDULE: Earlier today, the Knights announced the 2016 schedule, which features the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, July 13th at BB&T Ballpark. The game will be televised to a national audience on the MLB Network. The Knights open next season on the road in Durham and Norfolk (April 7-13) and open their 72-game home slate on Thursday, April 14 with a nine-game homestand.

2015 IL LEADERBOARD (BATTERS): 3B Matt Davidson played in his 250th career Knights game last night. He is currently second in the IL in home runs with 19, one behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (20). He is tied for second in the IL in games played (120), third in the IL in at-bats with 452, and tied for fourth in walks (54). Defensively, Davidson leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.973), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (235) and second in double plays (19). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League… OF/1B Matt Tuiasosopo leads the IL in slugging percentage (.483), and is second in the IL in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.13)… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (79).

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

2015 IL LEADERBOARD (PITCHERS): RHP Erik Johnson (9-8, 2.45) struck-out eight batters over six scoreless innings on Friday to earn his ninth win of the season. Johnson is the leader in strikeouts in the International League with 123 and is second in the IL in ERA with a 2.45 mark. His nine wins are currently tied for third and he leads the IL in the highest strikeouts per nine innings ratio (9.42). His 1.15 WHIP ranks second in the IL and opponents are hitting just .223 against him (second lowest in the IL this season). Earlier this season, Johnson became just the fourth Knights pitcher in franchise history to start the Triple-A All-Star Game. He joined Julian Tavarez (1994), Charlie Haeger (2006), and Carlos Torres (2010)… International League opponents are hitting .233 against RHP Kyle Drabek (7-7, 3.27), the third lowest mark in the IL this season among qualifying starters.

ATTENDANCE LEADERS: BB&T Ballpark, which was named the Best Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, has welcomed 584,681 this year (62 games) – the most in Minor League Baseball this season. The Knights are averaging 9,430 fans per game – also the highest in MiLB in 2015. The Knights led the minors in attendance in 2014 – their first at BB&T Ballpark – with a mark of 687,715 fans (71 openings).

FRANCHISE HISTORY: Infielder Drew Garcia is in his fourth season with the Knights and the California native is moving up in a number of offensive categories in Knights franchise history. Garcia recently totaled his 1,000 career Knights at-bat (August 14) and now has 1,006 for his Knights career, which is eighth on the all-time at-bats list in franchise history (eight behind Chris Clapinski in seventh). Garcia is also in eighth place on the Knights all-time games played list (290) — just two games away from tying Josh Phegley for seventh (292). Garcia is also in sole possession of 10th place in Knights franchise history with 61 doubles (passed Casey Rogowski). He’s one away from tying Chris Clapinski and Joe Borchard (62)… Dayan Viciedo is in sole possession of eighth place on the Knights franchise list for home runs (42). He moved into a three-way tie for 10th place on the franchise list for RBIs (130).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS
: The Knights were the first IL team this season to go over the 100-home run plateau. The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 112 – 14 more than second place Durham (98). The Knights as a team have hit 79 of their 112 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have hit the most homes at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A in 2015.

FIELD STAFF: Saturday’s win was the 275th for Charlotte Knights manager Joel Skinner, who is already the all-time winningest manager in franchise history. He was recently named by Baseball America as the Best Manager Prospect in the International League by Baseball America. Skinner recorded his 250th career Knights victory on June 20… Trainer Scott Johnson was recently named IL Trainer of Year by PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society). He also won it in 2001 & 2002.

Knights Knotes — August 16, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will conclude their three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) at 6:00 p.m. tonight from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH. The two teams have split the first two games of the series and the Knights will look for the series win tonight with a win. The Knights are 27-33 on the road this year. Charlotte enters tonight’s game in third place — seven games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are 3.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus, who they will play a quick two-game series against in Columbus starting on Monday. The Knights have just 10 home games left during the 2015 regular season. knights knotes

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: The Charlotte Knights beat the Toledo Mud Hens last night by a score of 9-6 in the middle game of their three-game series. Charlotte used 10 hits and a solid outing from RHP Kyle Drabek (7-7, 3.27) to beat the ‘Hens. Dayan Viciedo had a terrific day at the plate, reaching base five times, including a solo home run in the ninth.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Brad Penny (6-6, 3.93) will make his 20th start of the season tonight in the finale against the Mud Hens from Toledo, OH. After winning four-straight decisions from 5/9-7/21, Penny lost three consecutive starts (7/26-8/6). The 14-year Major League veteran however was sharp in his last outing, tossing seven shutout innings in a win over the Gwinnett Braves at BB&T Ballpark on August 11.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Overall in July, Penny went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in the month (6 games). He began the month of July by tossing a complete game, nine-inning, masterpiece at BB&T Ballpark on July 3rd (game two of day-night doubleheader) – the first 9-inning complete game tossed by a Knights pitcher in BB&T Ballpark history. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent on December 16, 2014 and was assigned to the Charlotte Knights at the start of the 2015 season. The 37-year-old right-hander is a two-time NL All-Star (2006 & 2007). He started the 2006 game.

PENNY vs. TOLEDO: He has faced the Mud Hens twice this season and is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA (10.0 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO). He last faced the club on May 9 at Toledo and earned the win after six innings (W, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO).

CAREER KNIGHT: Charlotte slugger Dayan Viciedo reached base five times last night going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs, a solo home run, and two walks. The home run was his 42nd with the Knights, which is good for sole possession of eighth place on the franchise list for home runs. He moved into a three-way tie for 10th place on the franchise list for RBIs (130).

275 WINS FOR SKINS: Last night’s win was the 275th for Charlotte Knights manager Joel Skinner, who is already the all-time winningest manager in franchise history. He was recently named by Baseball America as the Best Manager Prospect in the International League by Baseball America. Skinner recorded his 250th career Knights victory on June 20.

ROSTER MOVE
: White Sox OF J.B. Shuck completed his rehab assignment and was reinstated by Chicago today. Shuck went 1-for-10 in three games with Charlotte (8/13-8/15).

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

FRANCHISE HISTORY: Infielder Drew Garcia is in his fourth season with the Knights and the California native is moving up in a number of offensive categories in Knights franchise history. Garcia totaled his 1,000 career Knights at-bat on Friday and now has 1,003 for his Knights career, which is eighth on the all-time at-bats list in franchise history. He is also in eighth place on the Knights all-time games played list (289) — just three games away from tying Josh Phegley for seventh (292). Garcia is also in sole possession of 10th place in Knights franchise history with 61 doubles (passed Casey Rogowski). He’s one away from tying Chris Clapinski and Joe Borchard (62).

2015 IL LEADERBOARD: 3B Matt Davidson is second in the IL in home runs with 19, one behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (20). He is tied for second in the IL in games played (119), third in the IL in at-bats with 448, and tied for fourth in walks (54). Defensively, Davidson leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.972), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (232) and second in double plays (19). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League… OF/1B Matt Tuiasosopo is second in the IL in slugging percentage (.483), and second in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.13)… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (79).

SINCE JULY 1: Outfielder Jason Coats is hitting .299 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs since July 1 (41 games). Over that stretch, Coats has 50 hits, which is tied for the third most in that frame and his 29 RBIs are the fifth highest over that stretch… Matt Tuiasosopo has the third highest RBI total over that span (31), and the most home runs over that stretch (12) in 36 games played. For Tuiasosopo, he also has 81 total bases, which rank fifth. Coats has 82 (4th).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights were the first IL team this season to go over the 100-home run plateau. The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 112 – 14 more than second place Durham (98). The Knights as a team have hit 79 of their 112 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have hit the most home runs at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A.

ATTENDANCE LEADERS: BB&T Ballpark, which was named the Best Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, has welcomed 584,681 this year (62 games) – the most in Minor League Baseball this season. The Knights are averaging 9,430 fans per game – also the highest in MiLB in 2015. The Knights led the minors in attendance in 2014 – their first at BB&T Ballpark – with a mark of 687,715 fans (71 openings).

THAT’S ERIK WITH A “K”: Charlotte RHP Erik Johnson (9-8, 2.45) struck-out eight batters over six scoreless innings on Friday to earn his ninth win of the season. Johnson is the leader in strikeouts in the International League with 123 and is second in the IL in ERA with a 2.45 mark. His nine wins are currently tied for third and he leads the IL in the highest strikeouts per nine innings ratio (9.42). His 1.15 WHIP is ranks third in the IL. Earlier this season, Johnson became just the fourth Knights pitcher in franchise history to start the Triple-A All-Star Game. He joined Julian Tavarez (1994), Charlie Haeger (2006), and Carlos Torres (2010).

TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Trainer Scott Johnson was recently named IL Trainer of Year by PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society). He also won it in 2001 & 2002.

COATS OF ARMOR: OF Jason Coats recorded his team-high 72nd RBI of the season on Friday which is tied for third in the IL this season. Coats is eight RBIs away from recording at least 80 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. He was drafted in 2012 by Chicago (29th round).