By Nick Wilder
Chicago White Sox minor league infielder Chris Curley has been named the Carolina League’s Most Valuable Player, the league office announced Thursday. Curley plays for the Winston-Salem Dash and it’s the third consecutive season that a player on the Dash has claimed the top award in the High-A Carolina League. Following Curley’s achievement, Winston-Salem is the first team to have the MVP of the Carolina League for three consecutive seasons since Lynchburg linked together four in a row from 1983 to 1986.
The 26-year-old minor leaguer leads the circuit with 24 home runs, 90 RBIs, 89 runs scored and 248 total bases. Within these four statistical areas, Curley is in the top 10 of all High-A baseball. He was also a midseason All-Star who ranks second in hits (146), third in OPS (.839) and 13th in average (.285).
In addition, Curley earned the third baseman spot on the Carolina League’s Year-End All-Star roster. There was no other player on Winston-Salem that cracked the list of All-Star players.
Curley attended Campbell University and his professional career started with Atlanta’s organization as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. He later signed with the White Sox as a free agent in July of 2012. Before his entrance into Chicago’s farm system, he utilized portions of two seasons with the independent Florence Freedom of the Frontier League.