With 285 career wins as manager of the Charlotte Knights from 2012 to 2015, Joel Skinner is the all-time winningest manager in franchise history. In his first season at the helm, Skinner led the 2012 Knights to the Governors' Cup Finals after an impressive 83-win regular season performance -- the second most by the Knights in a season (the team won 86 games in 1993).
RHP Michael Kopech was promoted to the Charlotte Knights from Double-A Birmingham on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Two days later, the talented 21-year-old made his Triple-A debut with the team and earned his first win after five solid innings at Norfolk, VA. At the time of his promotion from Birmingham, Kopech was the number 12 prospect in Major League Baseball and the number three prospect in Chicago's system as ranked by MLB.com.
RHP Deunte Heath made the most appearances by any Charlotte Knights pitcher during the last decade. Over the course of those 118 appearances, Heath posted a 15-12 record with eight saves and a 3.19 ERA. The native of Atlanta, GA tossed a total of 279 innings and recorded 300 strikeouts over that span.
Nicknamed "Mr. Indiana" for his solid play in college while at Indiana University, Josh Phegley made his way to the Charlotte Knights in 2011 and hit two home runs in 22 games for the team that season. A year later, the Terre Haute, IN native was Charlotte's starting catcher for the first of his three consecutive International League All-Star seasons (2012-2014).
In the midst of a solid season at Double-A Birmingham in 2013, Andy Wilkins was promoted to the Charlotte Knights on June 24, 2013 and quickly shined for the team. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the Barons in home runs (10), average (.288), doubles (16) and RBIs (49). He also ranked among the league-leaders in RBIs (second), on-base percentage (fourth, .386), home runs (tied for fifth), and batting average (tied for eighth) at the time of his promotion.
Before baseball fans in Chicago knew him and loved him as Yolmer Sánchez, fans in Uptown Charlotte already loved the way Carlos Sánchez played during his time with the Knights. Always a smile on his face and always joking around with his teammates, Sánchez quickly became a fan favorite with the Knights after debuting as a 20-year-old in 2012.
On December 13, 2013, Matt Davidson was traded to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for RHP Addison Reed . From there, Davidson went on to spend nearly three seasons with the Charlotte Knights (2014-16) and can be considered one of the best power hitters in franchise history. He mashed 43 home runs over a two-year stretch (2014-15) -- leading the International League in homers in 2015 with 23.