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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

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 (who actually play their home games in suburban Fort Mill, South Carolina) 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. 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.

Ownership

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

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

Current roster

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 31 Ryan Bollinger
  • 14 Stew Brase
  • -- Brandon Brennan
  • 32 Tony Bucciferro
  • 37 Tyler Danish
  • 51 Kyle Hansen
  • 29 Zach Isler
  • 26 Euclides Leyer
  • 30 Adam Lopez
  • 45 Francellis Montas
  • 40 Jefferson Olacio
  • 24 Alex Powers
  • 33 David Putman
  • 22 Storm Throne
  • 10 Andre Wheeler

Catchers

  • 12 Mike Marjama
  • 43 Brent Tanner

Infielders

  •  2 Tim Anderson
  • 35 Keon Barnum
  • 27 Nick Basto
  • 18 Eric Grabe
  •  5 Michael Johnson
  • -- Garis Pena ‡
  • 13 Cleuluis Rondon

Outfielders

  • 17 Jason Coats
  •  6 Adam Heisler
  •  9 Kale Kiser
  • 37 Jacob May
  • 28 Juan Ramirez

Manager

Coaches


7-day disabled list
* On Chicago White Sox 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated September 5, 2013
Transactions
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Chicago White Sox minor league players


2013 Player stats

Batting

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
Jean Almanzar, SS 38 132 12 30 6 0 0 9 6 18 .227 1
Tim Anderson, SS 68 267 45 74 10 5 1 21 23 78 .277 24
Keon Barnum, 1B 56 201 22 51 13 1 5 26 19 65 .254 0
Yoandy Barroso, RF 36 111 19 25 8 0 1 10 18 34 .225 3
Nick Basto, 2B 54 174 13 33 4 0 1 15 10 44 .190 1
Jake Brown, SS 21 76 10 21 4 1 0 12 5 18 .276 3
Jason Coats, LF 133 516 63 140 38 3 12 84 31 85 .271 12
Jeremy Dowdy, C 31 98 6 21 3 0 0 5 8 25 .214 0
Zach Fisher, C 20 71 8 19 6 1 1 10 7 19 .268 0
Eric Grabe, 3B 70 229 24 52 5 3 1 19 21 46 .227 6
Adam Heisler, CF 36 122 24 33 7 2 2 15 25 29 .270 11
Justin Jirschele, OF 15 51 1 7 2 0 0 6 1 5 .137 0
Micah Johnson, 2B 77 304 76 104 17 11 6 42 40 67 .342 61
Michael Johnson, SS 70 238 32 68 10 2 2 36 35 59 .286 6
Kale Kiser, LF 120 381 51 89 20 2 4 36 35 65 .234 12
Alex Llanos, OF 10 31 3 2 1 0 0 2 2 6 .065 1
Mike Marjama, C 97 375 48 104 20 1 6 46 20 67 .277 9
Jacob May, OF 54 206 36 59 6 3 8 28 16 43 .286 19
Patrick Palmeiro, 3B 40 147 17 28 9 0 1 15 7 44 .190 1
Juan Ramirez, RF 38 125 12 27 3 0 1 10 6 52 .216 3
Rangel Ravelo, 3B 17 53 9 12 4 0 0 9 11 11 .226 1
Josh Richmond, OF 14 56 9 21 9 2 1 11 1 13 .375 0
Kyle Robinson, RF 16 61 5 15 1 0 0 7 4 13 .246 3
Cleuluis Rondon, SS 29 94 11 19 0 0 1 6 7 24 .202 1
Angel Rosario, C 8 22 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .091 0
Ruben Sierra, OF 17 61 6 11 3 0 0 4 3 18 .180 1
Brent Tanner, C 67 221 24 52 8 0 8 28 27 65 .235 3
Tyler Williams, 3B 27 102 7 17 3 0 0 2 7 52 .167 1
Team totals
137 4525 595 1136 220 37 62 514 397 1067 .251 183

Pitching

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
Ryan Bollinger 0 1 3.17 29 0 3 54.0 57 23 19 5 13 52
Cal Bowling 0 1 4.26 3 0 0 6.1 6 3 3 1 1 6
Stew Brase 3 2 2.13 29 0 8 42.1 26 13 10 2 27 54
Brandon Brennan 4 9 5.53 15 15 0 81.1 99 66 50 7 27 54
Tony Bucciferro 3 5 2.50 13 12 1 72.0 80 26 20 2 5 71
David Cales 0 0 0.00 4 0 0 4.1 6 1 0 0 2 10
Jake Cose 4 3 1.72 10 10 0 57.2 44 19 11 0 21 63
Tyler Danish 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 6
Joe Dvorsky 0 2 2.52 14 0 0 25.0 27 10 7 3 3 28
Steven Evans 0 1 40.50 1 0 0 1.1 7 6 6 0 0 3
Brad Goldberg 3 0 1.42 12 0 2 25.1 10 6 4 0 6 37
Michael Gunter 0 0 3.68 4 0 0 7.1 5 3 3 0 2 15
Kyle Hansen 6 9 4.10 21 20 1 96.2 109 57 44 7 27 103
Brandon Hardin 1 0 0.71 7 0 0 12.2 12 2 1 0 2 8
Zach Isler 5 4 5.65 27 0 4 51.0 62 39 32 4 21 41
Myles Jaye 4 1 2.20 7 7 0 41.0 36 17 10 2 17 37
Todd Kibby 2 0 5.11 14 0 0 24.2 21 17 14 1 15 24
Euclides Leyer 5 13 5.64 28 20 1 113.1 125 76 71 12 46 81
Adam Lopez 5 3 2.54 32 7 3 99.1 84 39 28 3 35 129
Kyle McMillen 0 0 16.20 3 0 0 1.2 1 3 3 0 6 1
Francellis Montas 3 2 4.56 5 5 0 25.2 20 13 13 1 18 31
Jefferson Olacio 6 11 4.54 26 25 0 136.2 132 88 69 6 57 89
Braulio Ortiz 0 4 3.45 22 8 3 62.2 43 30 24 3 39 74
Alex Powers 0 0 7.56 8 0 0 8.1 9 8 7 2 4 9
David Putman 0 0 0.00 5 0 2 9.1 3 0 0 0 4 14
Michael Recchia 5 0 1.45 11 8 1 49.2 36 10 8 1 7 53
Storm Throme 1 4 6.26 28 0 1 41.2 53 35 29 4 18 40
Jason Van Skike 0 0 4.50 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 4
Jeffrey Wendelken 0 1 9.64 3 0 2 4.2 8 5 5 0 1 8
Andre Wheeler 1 0 4.08 9 0 3 17.2 14 9 8 3 5 18
Team totals
61 76 3.80 137 137 35 1179.2 1143 625 498 69 428 1163

References

External links

  • Official Team Website
  • Photos of Fieldcrest Cannon and information about team history
  • Live Broadcasts of Every Game
  • Official Team Blog
  • Press Release: Stadium Naming Rights Change for 2012 Season


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