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.
Updates on former Indiana State, Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute Rex or Wabash Valley-connected players this week.
• Clint Barmes — The former Sycamore standout had two hits and a pair of RBI to lift the Pirates over the Atlanta Braves last Sunday.
• Nevin Ashley — The catcher had two RBI on Wednesday but he’s hitting .118 through 17 at-bats.
• Josh Phegley — Phegley is hitting .281, with four home runs, 10 RBI and four doubles through 17 games for Triple-A Charlotte.
• Brady Shoemaker — Shoemaker is on the disabled list after shoulder surgery.
• Ryan Strausborger — The 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .230 through 21 games at Double-A Frisco in the Texas League. He has two homers, 14 RBI and six stolen bases.
• Jeremy Lucas — Through five games with the Lake County Captains, the West Vigo/Indiana State product is hitting .200 with two RBI.
• Stephen Bruno — Bruno, who spent half a season as a shortstop with the Terre Haute REX, is batting .35 with seven doubles and six RBI for the Daytona Cubs.
• Joe Thatcher— The left-handed specialist has been perfect in his last 1 2/3 innings, striking out four for the San Diego Padres.
• Brian Omogrosso — Right-handed reliever gave up two runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief on Wednesday.
• Matt Zaleski — Right-handed starter gave up seven runs — six earned — in four innings Tuesday against New Orleans.
• Mitch Stetter — The left-hander has earned a save for Triple-A Salt Lake City.
• Derek Eitel — The Marshall, Ill., native and former Rose-Hulman standout has made his last two appearances out of the bullpen after two quality starts for Double-A Mobile.
• Ryan Tatusko — The former Sycamore right-hander tossed six innings of one-run, four-hit ball on Wednesday to lower his ERA to 4.38 in 12 1/3 innings for the Syracuse Chiefs of the Triple-A International League.
• Jake Petricka — The big right-hander has been solid out of the bullpen with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings for Birmingham.
• Colin Rea — Rea walked seven but gave up just one run and one hit in five innings of his last start on April 20.
• Jason Van Skike — Van Skike made the local news for a catch he made with his hat while sitting in the right-field bullpen on a foul ball.
• Brandon Dorsett — Awaiting assignment with the Blue Jays.
• Dakota Bacus — The hard-throwing former Sycamore has struck out an impressive 27 batters in 19 innings of long relief work with the Beloit Snappers of the Class-A Midwest League.
Through games of Friday
Player (Team; Class/Parent club) AB R H HR RBI Avg.
Clint Barmes (Pittsburgh) 61 4 8 0 2 .131
Nevin Ashley (Louisville; AAA/Cincinnati) 17 2 2 0 2 .118
Josh Phegley (Charlotte; AAA/CWS) 64 10 18 4 10 .281
Ryan Strausborger (Frisco; AA/Texas) 74 6 17 2 14 .230
Brady Shoemaker (Birmingham; AA/CWS) Disabled list
Jeremy Lucas (Mahoning Valley; A-Clev.) 15 2 3 0 2 .200
Stephen Bruno (Daytona; A-Adv./Cubs) 62 14 22 0 6 .355
Pitcher (Team; Class-Parent club) IP H BB SO W-L Sv ERA
Joe Thatcher (San Diego) 6 10 1 5 0-0 0 3.00
Brian Omogrosso (Charlotte; AAA/CWS) 7.2 14 1 8 0-1 0 8.22
Matt Zaleski (Charlotte; AAA/CWS) 21 29 4 13 1-1 0 5.14
Mitch Stetter (Salt Lake; AAA/Angels) 7 5 7 6 1-0 1 5.14
Derek Eitel (Mobile; AA/Arizona) 15.1 13 4 7 1-0 0 3.52
Ryan Tatusko (Harrisburg; AA/Washington) 12.1 13 9 10 0-1 0 4.38
Jake Petricka (Birmingham; AA/CWS) 7.1 8 4 7 0-0 0 3.68
Colin Rea (Lake Eisnore; A-Adv/San Diego) 12.2 10 14 13 0-1 0 5.68
Jason Van Skike (Winston-Salem; A-Adv/CWS) 2 2 0 4 0-0 0 4.50
Brandon Dorsett (Extended spring training; Toronto)
Dakota Bacus (Beloit; A/Oakland) 19 21 4 27 2-0 0 3.32
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