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Wickswat Promoted to Winston-Salem

July 24, 2010 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (JULY 24, 2010) - Today the Dash made another player move concerning its bullpen, as LHP Matt Wickswat was promoted to Winston-Salem from low-A Kannapolis. RHP Ricky Brooks, who was slated to join the team today, will not report to the Dash and will remain with AA Birmingham.

Wickswat has split this season between starting and relieving for the Intimidators. In 21 games (11 starts), he is 6-4 with one save and a 4.16 ERA. He had struck out 77 batters in 84.1 innings and the South Atlantic League was hitting .274 off the left-hander. After making ten of his first 11 appearances as a starter, he had been mostly used as a relief pitcher in Kannapolis.

The White Sox signed Wickswat as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2008. He had spent each of the last two seasons pitching for Advanced Rookie Great Falls. He went 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA in the Pioneer League, leading the circuit in strikeouts last season with 91 in 77.1 innings.

Wickswat attended Santa Clara University, where he was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America Team in 2006. After going 16-7 with a 3.47 ERA in his first two seasons, he went 1-2 with and 8.12 ERA in his final season with the Broncos. He began his college career at Gonzaga University, but did not pitch for the Bulldogs. Wickswat pitched in the Cape Cod League in 2007 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (11 G, 5 GS, 2-2, 3.66 ERA), where he pitched alongside fellow Dash hurler Terry Doyle.

The Dash's roster remains at the Carolina League limit of 25 players.

Winston-Salem hosts Potomac in game three of their weekend series tonight at 7 p.m.

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