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White Sox invite seven alumni to Spring Training
Several former Dash stars to suit up as non-roster invitees
01/23/2017 3:51 PM ET
Zack Collins, who played with the Dash in 2016, will complete in White Sox Spring Training. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 23, 2017) - The Chicago White Sox have announced that seven former Winston-Salem players, including 2016 first-round picks Zack Burdi and Zack Collins, have earned non-roster invitations to Spring Training.

Right-hander Spencer Adams, left-handers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark and Jace Fry and outfielder Courtney Hawkins will join Burdi, Collins and 12 other non-roster invitees in Glendale, Ariz., next month.

The 26th overall pick in last year's MLB Draft, Burdi pitched for the White Sox top three Minor League affiliates in 2016. The flame-throwing reliever combined for a 3.32 earned run average in 26 combined appearances, four of which came with the Dash.

Collins was the White Sox first selection in the 2016 Draft at number 10 overall. The former University of Miami star played 36 of his 39 professional games a year ago with Winston-Salem. He slashed .258/.418/.467 with six home runs and 18 RBIs within the Carolina League.

Winston-Salem's Opening Day starter last year, Adams went 8-7 with a 4.01 ERA in 18 starts with the Dash. When he earned a promotion to Double-A in late July, the 20-year-old was the CL's leader in innings pitched (107.2). In his nine outings with Birmingham down the stretch, Adams was 2-5 with a 3.90 ERA.

The White Sox 19th-round pick in 2014, Bummer was with Winston-Salem for the final two weeks of August last year. Among three stops, the southpaw was 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA in 15 appearances. Bummer did not pitch in 2015 due to injury.

A key cog during the Dash's playoff run in 2015, Clark split last season with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. The Kent State product was a Midseason Southern League All-Star after posting a 2.27 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Birmingham.

Fry is working back from his second Tommy John Surgery, which followed an injury suffered in Winston-Salem in 2015. That year with the Dash, the former Oregon State star posted a 3.63 ERA in 10 starts.

The White Sox first-round pick in 2012, Hawkins was a member of the Dash throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Over the last two years, the Corpus Christi, Texas, native has been a key cog to Birmingham's offense. Hawkins has clubbed 67 career professional home runs in his career.

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 14, while position players will be on hand by February 18. The White Sox first exhibition game takes place on February 25 against the Dodgers.

The Dash's 2017 season begins on Thursday, April 6, with the opener of a week-long road trip. Winston-Salem's home slate kicks off Thursday, April 13, against the Buies Creek Astros. Full- and partial-season ticket packages are on sale now, while single-game tickets go on sale on February 1. For more details, call (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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