KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2013) - The Chicago White Sox have purchased the contracts of four former Kannapolis Intimidators, promoting right-handed pitchers Erik Johnson and Daniel Webb, along with catcher Miguel Gonzalez and infielder Marcus Semien from Triple-A Charlotte. As each player makes their MLB debuts, they will become the 74th through 77th different players to go from Kannapolis to the Major Leagues in franchise history and the 50th through 53rd different players to reach the big leagues since the Intimidators became a White Sox affiliate in 2001.
Johnson, the White Sox second round pick in the June 2011 First-Year Player Draft, opened his 2012 campaign with the Class A Intimidators, going 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA in eight starts before earning a promotion to Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem. This season, the 23-year-old pitcher is 12-3 with a 1.96 ERA in 24 starts between Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte, including a 4-1 record and 1.57 ERA in 10 starts in the Triple-A International League. A Friday night starter for three years at California, Johnson helped pitch the Golden Bears to a College World Series appearance in 2011. Johnson is rated by MLB.com the White Sox No. 2 prospect.
Webb, 24, joins Johnson as the first two members of the 2012 Intimidators to reach the Major Leagues. Webb spent his entire 2012 season in Kannapolis after joining the White Sox, along with fellow minor league pitcher Myles Jaye, in a January 2012 trade for MLB pitcher Jason Frasor. Webb went 1-8 with a 5.81 ERA in 31 games (four starts) in his first season in the Sox system. After opening 2013 with Winston-Salem, he ascended through the organization, with stops in Birmingham and Charlotte, going 2-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 42 games between three levels this season. The flame-throwing right-hander struck out 78 batters over 62.2 innings while holding opposing batters to a .194 average in the Minors this season. Webb is rated by MLB.com the White Sox No. 17 prospect.
Semien, who was named MVP of the Double-A Southern League earlier today, made his professional debut with Kannapolis in 2011, batting .253/.320/.376 in 60 games in the second half of the season. A teammate of Johnson's while at California, the Sox selected Semien in the sixth round of the June 2011 draft. He moved up to Winston-Salem in 2012 and opened this year with Birmingham, batting .290/.420/.483 in 105 games for the Barons before earning an August 1 promotion to Charlotte. The No. 8 prospect in the organization hit .284 in 137 minor league games this season. He turns 23 on Sept. 17.
Gonzalez, 22, spent two seasons with the Intimidators in 2010 and 2011, batting .231 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 147 total games in the South Atlantic League. He threw out half of all attempting base stealers in 2010 (50 out of 100) to rank second in the league among qualifying catchers. Gonzalez has split 2013 between Birmingham and Charlotte, batting .254/.326/.349 in 53 games and throwing out 37 percent (20 of 54) of attempting base stealers this season. Gonzalez and Semien join pitchers Jake Petricka and Addison Reed as the other members of the 2011 Intimidators team in the Major Leagues.
The Kannapolis Intimidators are preparing for the team's 20th season of professional baseball in our community and 14th as the Class A Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The Intimidators play at CMC-NorthEast Stadium, located off I-85 at exit 63. Season tickets for 2014 are now available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267. For ticket and promotional information, please visit IntimidatorsBaseball.com.