News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 7, 2013

FROM TERRE HAUTE TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES: Phegley relieved to get first MLB hit out of the way

Craig Pearson
The Tribune-Star

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.

Through games of Friday

Position players

Player (Team; Class/Parent club)    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    Avg.

Clint Barmes (Pittsburgh)    170    10    34    2    10    .200

Nevin Ashley (Louisville; AAA/Cincinnati)    123    19    37    3    18    .301

Josh Phegley (Chicago White Sox)    3    0    1    0    2    .333

Ryan Strausborger (Frisco; AA/Texas)    284    23    57    5    30    .201

Jeremy Lucas (Lake County; A-Clev.)    124    17    34    3    19    .274

Koby Kraemer (GCL Jays; Rookie-Toronto)    19    2    2    0    2    .105

Stephen Bruno (Daytona; A-Adv./Cubs)    69    15    25    0    7    .362


Pitcher (Team; Class-Parent club)    IP    H    BB    SO    W-L    Sv    ERA

Joe Thatcher (San Diego)    242⁄3    24    3    23    3-1    0    2.19

Brian Omogrosso (Charlotte-AAA/CWS)    142⁄3    20    4    14    0-1    2    4.91

Matt Zaleski (Charlotte; AAA/CWS)    262⁄3    35    6    20    1-2    0    5.74

Mitch Stetter (Salt Lake; AAA/Angels)    242⁄3    17    19    26    3-1    0    4.01

Derek Eitel (Mobile; AA/Arizona)    391⁄3    28    14    33    3-1    0    3.89

Ryan Tatusko (Harrisburg; AA/Washington)    632⁄3    61    43    56    1-3    0    4.10

Jake Petricka (Birmingham; AA/CWS)    2    1    0    3    1-0    0    4.50

Colin Rea (Fort Wayne; A/San Diego)    5    4    2    6    0-1    0    1.80

Jason Van Skike (Winston-Salem; A-Adv/CWS)    47    40    14    30    3-2    0    2.49

Brandon Dorsett (Vancouver; A-Toronto)    62⁄3    7    5    2    0-0    0    2.70

Dakota Bacus (Beloit; A/Oakland)    70    78    20    62    8-2    0    3.47

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