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June 9, 2013

FROM TERRE HAUTE TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES: Former Scamore hurlers doing well in White Sox system

TERRE HAUTE — The Chicago White Sox continued to show a fondness of plucking Indiana State pitchers into its farm system with the pick of Devin Moore on Saturday.

Several Sycamores are now among the “good guys wearing black,” as the team’s marketing slogan was in the early 1990s when Moore was born.

Moore will get an assignment to a rookie league soon, but some of those former Sycamore hurlers are already putting together nice professional seasons.

Brian Omogrosso was promoted to Chicago and appeared in 11 games. The big right-hander compiled a 5.14 earned-run average in 14 innings of relief. He struck out 14 and walked seven.

Jake Petricka, behind his plus fastball, has been steady for Double-A Birmingham as well. The 6-5, 200-pound right-hander has allowed just one earned run in his last 92⁄3 innings.

Petricka made his first start Thursday but lasted just 22⁄3 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, but he walked four. On the season, he has struck out 25 in 25 innings, while walking 13.

Jason Van Skike is also off to a strong start for Class A Winston-Salem, posting a 2.15 ERA and earning spot start duty. Van Skike has 24 strikeouts in 291⁄3 innings.

Updates on former Indiana State, Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute Rex or Wabash Valley-connected players this week.

• Clint Barmes — After raising batting average to .224 by May 25, Barmes has hit a slump again and fallen to .209.

• Nevin Ashley — The former Sycamore catcher continues to hit well, collecting three multi-hit games since May 23 for Triple-A Louisville, while driving in five runs in his past five starts.

• Josh Phegley — At Triple-A Charlotte, Phegley hit a home run — his 12th of the season — on Thursday at Pawtucket. His offensive numbers are staggering — a .324 batting average, .384 on-base percentage, .625 sluggin percentage and 1.009 OPS. He hasn’t cooled since a red-hot start, collecting hits in nine of his past 10 games with a .333 batting average over that span.

• Brady Shoemaker — Shoemaker is on the disabled list after shoulder surgery.

• Ryan Strausborger — Strausborger has a double and a homer in the last week — and his season total is at 15 stolen bases — but the former ISU standout is batting just .195 on the season at Double-A.

• Jeremy Lucas — Batting just 111 over his last 10 game for Class A Mahoning Valley, Lucas has watched his batting average fall to .225, but his on-base percentage is a solid .345.

• Stephen Bruno — Disabled list.

]• Joe Thatcher — Thatcher suffered his first loss of the season Friday for the Padres, allowing a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth off the bat of Colorado Rockies rookie Nolan Arenado.

• Mitch Stetter — The southpaw now has 24 strikeouts in 231⁄3 innings, walking just three in nine appearances since May 19 for Triple-A Salt Lake

• Derek Eitel — The former starter at Rose-Hulman, Eitel is growing accustomed to the bullpen. He’s allowed just one earned run and two hits in his last 71⁄3 innings for Double-A Birmingham.

• Ryan Tatusko — On Friday, Tatusko tossed three scoreless innings, striking out five, to earn his first win of the season for Triple-A Syracuse.

• Dakota Bacus — After a strong start at Class-A Beloit, the 22-year-old hit a rough patch with a 5.18 ERA in his last 10 appearances.

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