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April 28, 2013

FROM TERRE HAUTE TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES: Shoemaker to fight back from surgery

TERRE HAUTE — In 2009, the Chicago White Sox selected three Wabash Valley players in the draft, IU catcher Josh Phegley, Indiana State outfielder Nick Ciolli in the 10th round and Indiana State outfielder Brady Shoemaker in the 19th round.

All three have proven themselves as professionals over the past four years.

Phegley is off to a strong start at AAA Charlotte with four home runs, 10 RBI, a .281 batting average and a .874 on-base plus slugging percentage through 16 games.

Ciolli has retired from pro baseball and returned to finish his degree at Indiana State.

And the 25-year-old Shoemaker dominated pitching in the Class-A Carolina League through the first half of 2012, hitting .331 with 13 homers and 59 RBI in 78 games with Winston-Salem to earn a promotion to Birmingham, the White Sox’s Double-A squad.    

The Northview High School graduate continued to produce with a .408 on-base percentage and 17 extra-base hits — including four home runs — in 56 games.

Unfortunately, Shoemaker won’t have the chance to see what he can do for entire season with the Barons due to a dreadful shoulder injury.

Shoemaker had surgery April 5 to repair a tear in his labrum that was accompanied by multiple tears in his rotator cuff and a biceps tendon tear.

“They just repaired the labrum, they said by the time that’s healed, the rotator cuff tear would be too tight causing problems. For the tore biceps tendon, they cut a piece out of it and reattached it,” Shoemaker said.

The injury is an overuse injury that will likely keep the 25-year-old out all of 2013.

“There’s no set timetable. I’m going to keep going to my rehab place, take it week by week. I’m not supposed to throw for four month,” Shoemaker said.

“Just try to get it as strong as I can get it. Just get back after it next year in spring training and see where that goes,” Shoemaker said.

The climb through the minor leagues is a rugged grind that includes overcoming an income of less than $2,000 a month.

Shoemaker’s attitude is he’ll give it all he’s got as long as he can.

“Just keep it simple. Instead of worrying about that stuff, just try to do what I can do. Hopefully it pays off,” Shoemaker said. “If not, I’ve had a great time doing it.”

“Most of the money is kept up in the majors. It’s rough. People don’t really understand. It’s rough. It’s not as much as people think it is. I do it because I enjoy it.

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