KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) - Infielder Eddy Alvarez, a silver medal winner in speed skating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been promoted to the Kannapolis Intimidators, Class A Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, from the Arizona Rookie League. Alvarez replaces 19-year-old third baseman Trey Michalczewski, whom the White Sox promoted to the Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash. Catcher Jeremy Dowdy has transferred back to Kannapolis from Double-A Birmingham, while catcher Zach Fisher is transferring back to Advanced Rookie Great Falls.
Alvarez, 24, signed with Chicago in June and made his professional debut with the Arizona White Sox, batting .291 (32-110) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs -- including a July 27 grand slam - and 12 RBI while drawing 20 walks in 27 games. He took the silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay at the 2014 Games in Sochi. Prior to focusing on speed skating, Alvarez was a standout shortstop at Salt Lake Community College in 2011, where he hit .311 with 16 doubles, four triples, two home runs, and 46 RBI while earning All-Conference honors.
Michalczewski leads Kannapolis and ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 116 games played while batting .273 with 10 home runs and a team-high 70 RBI. The White Sox selected him in the seventh round of the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Jenks (Okla.) High School. In his first year of full-season ball, Michalczewski ranks tied for fifth in the SAL in triples (7), seventh in RBI, tied for eighth in hits (118) and extra-base hits (42), ninth in at-bats (432), tied for 12th in walks (45), tied for 13th in doubles (25), and tied for 20th in home runs. He becomes the 14th member of the Intimidators to earn a promotion in 2014.
Dowdy, 24, appeared in four games for the Barons, batting .250 (2-8) with an RBI. He opened the season with Kannapolis and hit .295 (49-166) with a home run and 19 RBI in 44 games behind the plate in the SAL.
Fisher, 22, hit .158 (3-19) in five games with Kannapolis. He opened his season in the Pioneer League, batting .338 (44-130) with four home runs and 35 RBI in 32 games with the Voyagers. The White Sox selected Fisher in the 27th round of the June 2012 draft.
The Kannapolis Intimidators are in the 20th season of professional baseball in Kannapolis and the team's 14th as the Class A Affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Since the team moved to Kannapolis in 1995, a total of 79 players that have played in Kannapolis have gone on to the Major Leagues. This year's team is managed by Pete Rose Jr. and features some of the top prospects in the White Sox farm system. CMC-NorthEast Stadium is located off I-85 at exit 63. For ticket information, please contact the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit www.IntimidatorsBaseball.com.