Kannapolis Intimidators

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Kannapolis Intimidators
Founded in 1995
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Kannapolis Intimidators.PNG Intimidators cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current A
Minor league affiliations
League South Atlantic League
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Chicago White Sox (2001–present)
Previous Philadelphia Phillies (1995–2000)
Minor league titles
League titles 1 (2005)
Team data
Nickname Kannapolis Intimidators (2001–present)
Previous names Piedmont Phillies (1995)
Piedmont Boll Weevils (1996–2000)
Ballpark CMC-NorthEast Stadium
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Brad Smith
Manager Pete Rose Jr.
General manager Randy Long

The Kannapolis Intimidators are a minor league baseball team in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The team is a Class Low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and has played in the South Atlantic League under various names and team affiliations since its inception in 1995.

Team history[edit]

Piedmont Boll Weevils, 1996–2000

The Intimidators franchise moved to Kannapolis in 1995 from Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they had been a Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Debate raged in the Kannapolis area over what to name the team, with team officials finally decided to call the team the Piedmont Phillies for the 1995 season.

A name-the-team contest in the fall of 1995 drew thousands of entries, and team officials settled on the boll weevil as the team's new mascot, indicative of Kannapolis' history as a textile mill town (Kannapolis natives are even called "lintheads"). The Piedmont Boll Weevils would keep that mascot until after the 2000 season, when NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt purchased a share in the team's ownership. It was then that the name was changed to the Kannapolis Intimidators, in honor of Earnhardt's legendary nickname.[1] It was also during that offseason that the team's parent club changed from the Phillies to the Chicago White Sox, making the Intimidators the third White Sox farm team to be located in the Carolinas, following the Charlotte Knights and the Winston-Salem Warthogs, now called the Winston-Salem Dash.

Earnhardt, who drove the #3 car in NASCAR, was killed in an accident at the Daytona 500 in February 2001.[2] Following Earnhardt's death, the Intimidators avoided assigning the number 3 for team members. Team manager Razor Shines, originally slated to wear #3, subsequently changed his uniform number to #43. The team officially retired number 3 on May 15, 2002, in memory of their former co-owner, similar to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim retiring the number 26 (the 26th man) in honor of former owner Gene Autry.

The team's logo was designed by Sam Bass, who has designed paint schemes and uniforms on many NASCAR, Champ Car, and IRL race cars.[1]

The team plays in CMC-NorthEast Stadium (formerly Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium) in Kannapolis. "The Cannon" was still under construction when the Piedmont Phillies began play in 1995. Upon completion in the winter of 1995, the stadium seated 4,700 fans. The stadium officially changed names on April 3, 2012 under a new naming rights agreement for the 2012 season.[3]

Current or former Major League Baseball players to pass through Kannapolis include Jimmy Rollins and Dave Coggin of the Philadelphia Phillies, as well as Jack Egbert, Gordon Beckham, Chris Getz, Brent Morel and Clayton Richard of the Chicago White Sox. Marlon Byrd, Jorge Padilla, Ryan Madson, and Brett Myers played for the 2000 Piedmont Boll Weevils.[4] Also, NFL running back Ricky Williams played for the Boll Weevils during the late 1996 and 1997 seasons while he was also playing college football for the University of Texas.[5]

Ownership[edit]

Smith Family Baseball, owned by Illinois businessman Dale Smith and his son Brad (the team's President) bought the team from Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and motorsports magnate Bruton Smith in December 2004. Larry and Sue Hedrick, the owners who bought the Spartanburg Phillies in 1993 and eventually moved them to Kannapolis, retained a minority share of the team's ownership.

Championship series[edit]

The Kannapolis franchise has appeared in two SAL championship series, winning one:

  • 1995 (Piedmont Phillies) – lost to Augusta 3 games to 2
  • 2005 (Kannapolis Intimidators) – defeated Hagerstown 3 games to 1

Notable ballplayers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Kannapolis Intimidators roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 26 Matt Abramson
  • 18 Tyler Barnette Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Brandon Brennan Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Ben Brewster
  • 37 Jose Brito
  • 33 Brett Bruening
  • 29 Dylan Chavez
  • 28 James Dykstra
  • 22 Jordan Guerrero
  • 20 Robinson Leyer
  • -- Adam Lopez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 17 Thad Lowry
  • 21 Jeffrey McKenzie
  • 45 Andrew Mitchell
  • 39 Alex Powers
  • -- Storm Throne ‡
  • 31 Andre Wheeler

Catchers

  • 10 Brett Austin
  • 25 Jeremy Dowdy

Infielders

  • 32 Danny Hayes
  • 27 Trey Michalczewski
  •  5 Cleuluis Rondon
  •  2 Tyler Shryock
  • 40 Christian Stringer
  •  8 Tyler Williams

Outfielders

  •  9 Nolan Earley
  •  1 Hunter Jones
  • 24 Jacob Morris
  • 13 Carl Thomore

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Chicago White Sox 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated June 27, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Chicago White Sox minor league players


2014 Player stats[edit]

As of July 5, 2014

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Brett Austin, C 10 38 5 9 3 0 0 6 2 14 .237 0
Jeremy Dowdy, C 36 135 11 40 8 1 1 18 10 23 .296 0
Nolan Earley, OF 9 31 4 10 0 1 1 2 3 7 .254 1
Adam Engel, OF 42 168 29 38 9 4 1 12 17 51 .226 20
Danny Hayes, 1B 78 274 47 80 19 3 6 40 45 78 .292 0
Hunter Jones, OF 41 156 27 32 5 1 5 15 16 45 .205 11
Kale Kiser, OF 27 88 7 21 6 4 1 5 9 21 .239 1
Ryan Leonards, 3B 3 10 1 3 1 0 1 1 1 2 .300 1
Trey Michalczewski, 3B 82 296 43 87 19 5 8 52 37 96 .294 4
Jacob Morris, OF 79 292 43 66 20 2 5 26 39 109 .226 8
Omar Narvaez, C 38 127 7 37 3 0 0 20 9 11 .291 0
Cleuluis Rondon, 2B 77 301 35 70 9 0 0 16 26 65 .233 13
Tyler Shryock, SS 44 138 13 24 2 0 0 8 15 27 .174 4
Christian Stringer, 2B 27 97 12 25 8 1 3 13 5 16 .258 2
Carl Thomore, OF 71 232 23 58 10 0 2 32 31 76 .250 11
Zach Voight, 3B 26 97 6 23 4 0 1 8 5 28 .237 1
Tyler Williams, 3B 64 222 21 43 8 1 5 28 17 105 .194 5
Team totals
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Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Matt Abramson 0 4 5.04 18 0 5 30.1 29 18 17 3 18 27
Tyler Barnette 2 4 5.91 16 9 0 56.1 71 43 37 4 18 28
Jose Bautista 1 1 0.92 10 0 1 19.2 14 5 2 0 6 26
Sean Bierman 0 1 7.00 2 2 0 9.0 13 7 7 2 5 5
Ben Brewster 1 0 2.08 3 0 1 4.1 3 2 1 0 2 8
Jose Brito 1 1 4.67 20 0 2 44.1 43 28 23 4 22 23
Brett Bruening 0 0 3.00 3 0 0 3.0 3 3 1 0 1 1
Dylan Chavez 3 3 2.97 20 0 1 33.1 23 15 11 2 15 23
Tyler Danish 3 0 0.71 7 7 0 38.0 28 8 3 0 10 25
James Dykstra 6 6 2.87 14 14 0 84.2 89 29 27 2 9 68
Jordan Guerrero 5 0 3.03 16 1 0 35.2 34 13 12 2 11 42
Sean Hagan 0 1 2.35 4 0 0 7.2 6 2 2 1 1 5
Robinson Leyer 4 5 3.21 16 16 0 84.0 92 43 30 5 30 56
Thad Lowry 4 4 3.83 9 9 0 44.2 50 21 19 3 10 22
Jeffrey McKenzie 1 1 7.56 2 2 0 8.1 12 7 7 2 3 5
Andrew Mitchell 3 2 5.28 17 5 0 46.0 32 30 27 3 49 61
Alex Powers 0 1 4.58 11 0 1 17.2 17 9 9 2 8 15
David Putman 0 2 3.86 14 0 5 16.1 20 9 7 0 13 23
Brad Salgado 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Jake Sanchez 5 4 2.80 15 9 3 61.0 56 26 19 6 14 66
Strom Throne 0 1 11.57 4 0 1 7.0 9 9 9 1 4 4
Andre Wheeler 1 2 3.41 18 9 0 58.0 62 27 22 1 18 68
Team totals
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Earnhardt Connection. "TEC | Kannapolis Intimidators". Daleearnhardt.net. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ Dave Rodman, Turner Sports Interactive (2001-02-21). "Earnhardt dies following Daytona 500 accident - February 21, 2001". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Name Game: Welcome to CMC-NorthEast Stadium | Kannapolis Intimidators News". Kannapolis.intimidators.milb.com. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Baseball Reference: 2000 Piedmont Boll Weevils". http://www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ "Baseball Reference: 1996 Piedmont Boll Weevils". http://www.baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

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