Triad Power Ranking, April 8, 2014: The Small Ball Edition

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3. The Winston-Salem Dash (61-78)

It’s Opening Day in Major League Baseball this week, and our local minor-leaguers follow suit shortly. Hopefully the Winston-Salem Dash, who posted the worst record of all Triad city professional ballclubs in 2014, will come on a little stronger. Their winning percentage of .439 is mitigated by the higher status of the advanced A Carolina League in which they play, the highest minor league represented in the Triad. But they’re still in the basement.

2. The High Point/Thomasville Hi-Toms (40-42)

The Hi-Toms barely qualify for this list as they share their home city between High Point and Thomasville, which we do not cover. They went .488 last season, half a point better than the Dash, though they play in the Coastal Plain League, low-A ball.

1. The Greensboro Grasshoppers (87-53)

In their quest to win the South Atlantic League, which is a level up from rookie-league ball, the Grasshoppers put up a respectable .621 winning percentage and went on to tie for first place in their league at the end of the season. That it all fell apart in the playoffs matters not in this exercise.