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July 8, 2012

From Terre Haute to the major leagues: Shoemaker now with Class AA Barons

Brady Shoemaker was promoted from the WInston-Salem Dash (Class A-advanced) to the Birmingham Barons (Class AA) on Monday.

Shoemaker, a former Northview and Indiana State outfielder, played in 78 games for Winston-Salem, compiling a .331 batting average with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Shoemaker was pacing the Carolina League in runs scored (61) and total bases (156), was second in batting average (.331), hits (94) and slugging percentage (.549), was tied for second in RBIs (59), was third in home runs (13) and on-base percentage (.422) and was fourth in doubles (23).

Shoemaker was named to All-Star teams the past two seasons, a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2011 and Carolina League All-Star in 2012.

Notes — Joe Thatcher recorded his first save of the season for San Diego at Arizona on July 2. … Brian Omogrosso made his major league debut for the Chicago White Sox on July 3. … Brandon Dorsett recorded his first hold for Bluefield on July 4. … Ryan Strausborger is on a seven-game hitting streak for Frisco. … Brady Shoemaker hit his first home run for Birmingham at Pensacola on July 4. … Mitch Stetter retired all five batters he faced this week by strikeout and picked up his eighth hold this season for Huntsville on July 4. … Jake Petricka has walked 17 batters in his last four starts, 11 in his last two starts, for Winston-Salem. … Brett Merkley recorded his second save of the season for Great Falls on June 30.

Transactions — Brady Shoemaker was promoted from Winston-Salem (A-advanced) to Birmingham (AA) on Monday. … Blake Drake signed with the Rockford Riverhawks on Monday. … Nevin Ashley was sent from Durham (AAA) to the Gulf Coast League Rays on a rehab assignment. … Kyle Lafrenz was placed on the 7-day disabled list by Clearwater on July 1. … Alex Guthrie was acquired via trade by Gateway (Frontier League) from Abilene (North American League) on June 23, then signed with Gateway on June 24.

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