CEASE NAMED CL PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RIGHTY BECOMES THE SECOND WINSTON-SALEM DASH HURLER TO EARN WEEKLY HONOR IN 2018
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Thanks to dominant outings over Lynchburg and Buies Creek, Winston-Salem Dash right-hander Dylan Cease has earned the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week award for the week of April 30-May 6, the league office announced on Monday.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dash right-hander Dylan Cease. “Clinton Cole/FutureSox”
Cease overpowered the Hillcats in the Dash’s 9-0 win at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday, tossing a career-high seven innings and notching a career-high 12 strikeouts. One of four prospects traded from the Cubs to the White Sox last July for big league left-hander Jose Quintana, Cease scattered just two hits over his seven scoreless innings, retiring 19 batters in a row at one point. He also threw 74 of his 101 pitches for strikes in the winning effort, and he hit 100 m.p.h three times on BB&T Ballpark’s radar gun.
On Sunday against the Astros, Cease registered another quality start. Taking the mound for Winston-Salem’s first Rayados game of the season, the 22-year-old registered six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out six in his second victory of the week. Through his two starts this past week, Cease went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched.
The fifth-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB Pipeline, Cease leads the Carolina League with 42 strikeouts. A native of Milton, Ga., Cease also ranks third in wins (four) and fourth in both ERA (1.95) and innings pitched (32.1).
The right-hander becomes the third Dash player to earn a weekly award in the Carolina League this year. Winston-Salem outfielder Micker Adolfo earned the first Player of the Week award from April 5-15. Meanwhile, Cease follows fellow right-hander Jimmy Lambert, who earned CL Pitcher of the Week honors from April 23-29.
Following a quick three-game series at Salem, the Dash return to BB&T Ballpark on Thursday for a four-game series against the Down East Wood Ducks. Promotions during the homestand include a Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday with select beers for $1 through the seventh inning, a Fireworks Friday, a Chick-fil-A Four Pack offer for Saturday and a Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday.
Following Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s contests, kids can run the bases, powered by New Balance Winston-Salem. For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.
The Winston-Salem Dash are the Class A-Advanced minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call (336) 714-2287 or visit www.wsdash.com.