TERRE HAUTE —
Josh Phegley forced his way into the major leagues at 25 years old with some outstanding play — both at the plate and behind the plate — at Triple-A Charlotte.
Now, Phegley will hope to force manager Robin Ventura to pencil him into the lineup regularly.
While it was a tough night for the White Sox against Tampa Bay, Phegley wasted little time getting started Friday in his debut.
He singled through the right side in his second big-league at-bat for an RBI and delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
Phegley told reporters afterward it felt good to break through with a hit in his first game up.
“It felt like kind of a weight lifted,” Phegley said. “[Hellickson] was really getting me with that changeup, kind of a good pitch for him. But just to get the bat on the ball and see it go though there. ... I guess I lucked out.”
Can’t argue with Sox television announcer Hawk Harrelson, who said “Hopefully his first of very many.”
• Eitel on a roll — Former Marshall, Ill., and Rose-Hulman standout Derek Eitel is on a roll as a reliever with the Double-A Mobile BayBears.
He’s been near perfect in his last seven innings, allowing no runs, zero hits and walking just two with 11 strikeouts.
• Sycamores with Blue Jays — Former Indiana State players Koby Kraemer and Brandon Dorsett have been assigned within the system.
Dorsett has a 2.70 ERA in six games with the Class A Vancouver Candians, and Kraemer is playing every other day at third base with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. Kraemer is 2 for 19 through five games.
Updates on former Indiana State, Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute Rex or Wabash Valley-connected players this week.
• Clint Barmes — Barmes is getting the occasional start but has three hits in his last 28 at-bats.
• Nevin Ashley — Former Sycamore catcher is hitting .301 , and came up with two RBI on July 3 against the Indianapolis Indians. He also had a triple at Victory Field against the Indians on June 30.
• Brady Shoemaker — Shoemaker is on the disabled list after shoulder surgery.
• Ryan Strausborger — Strausborger is showing signs of heating up, with a .250 batting average in his last 10 games. He has two doubles and a triple in his last six games.
• Jeremy Lucas — Lucas has hits in nine of his past 10 starts with the Class-A Lake County Captains, posting a .333 atting average with four RBI during that span. He has a .415 on-base percentage and .859 OPS during the recent stretch to go with two doubles and a triple.
He hit a steady .275 in 15 June starts with two home runs after going .269 with zero homers in 15 May starts.
• Koby Kraemer — Former Terre Haute South/Indiana State/Terre Haute Rex standout is not getting hits to fall just yet, but he has a .325 on-base percentage.
• Stephen Bruno — Has not played due to injury since going 2 for 4 on May 2.
• Joe Thatcher — The Padres’ lefty specialist held opponents to a .185 batting average in an outstanding eight innings during May. He gave up his first two home runs of the season in June as his earned-run average has went up to 2.19.
• Brian Omogrosso — Made 12 appearances with the White Sox but was demoted after allowing nine runs and nine hits in 21⁄3 innings.
• Matt Zaleski — Disabled list.
• Mitch Stetter — Disabled list.
• Derek Eitel — Eitel hasn’t allowed an earned run or a hit since June 14 in 112⁄3 innings.
• Ryan Tatusko — Has hit a rough patch with Triple-A Syracuse, allowing runs in his last four appearances.
• Jake Petricka — Was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte, where he has struck out three in his first and only appearance so far.
• Colin Rea — Working out of the bullpen for the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps.
• Jason Van Skike — Van Skike is putting together a solid season in Winston-Salem, earning several spot starts.
• Brandon Dorsett — Dorsett is pitching well in Vancouver, with a 2.70 ERA through seven innings.
• Dakota Bacus — The former Sycamore is 8-2 with a 3.47 ERA for Beloit. He tossed an eight-inning, three-hitter on June 28.