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July 15, 2012

FROM TERRE HAUTE TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES: 1st-place Knights have strong Valley ties

A trio of former Indiana State and Terre Haute players have assisted the Charlotte Knights into first place through the first half of the International League season.

The Knights sport a 50-42 record, promoted eight players to the Chicago White Sox and had four players named to the IL All-Star team.

Relief pitcher Brian Omogrosso is one of the eight reaching the White Sox roster, catcher Josh Phegley was an IL All-Star — he went 0 for 2 in the Triple-A All-Star game in Buffalo on Wednesday — and Matt Zaleski is a starting pitcher for the Knights.

Charlotte took over the top spot in the IL South Division June 5, currently owning a three-game lead over Norfolk prior to its current weekend series.

Notes — Brady Shoemaker batted .331 at Winston-Salem and is currently hitting .323 since being promoted to Birmingham. He has a four-game hitting streak, going 6 for 12 in that span. … Mitch Stetter recorded his ninth hold for Huntsville on July 6 vs. Chattanooga. … Derek Eitel has three losses and a no-decision in his last four starts for Mobile. … Jake Petricka has 16 strikeouts in his last 11 innings for Winston-Salem. … Brett Merkley earned his third save (July 7 vs. Billings) and his first hold (July 11 at Ogden) for Great Falls. … Dakota Bacus recorded his first save for the AZL A’s vs. the AZL Reds on July 6. … Blake Drake walked six batters in his first two innings since joining Rockford.

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Updates on former Indiana State, Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute Rex or Wabash Valley-connected players this week:

• Clint Barmes — Barmes was 2 for 7 with one RBI in two games for Pittsburgh.

• Nevin Ashley — Ashley was 2 for 13 in four games on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Rays

• Josh Phegley — Phegley was 1 for 11 in three games for Charlotte.

• Ryan Strausborger — Strausborger was 6 for 23 with a home run and four RBI in six games for Frisco.

• Brady Shoemaker — Shoemaker ws 6 for 16 with a double, triple and four RBI in six games for Birmingham.

• Nick Ciolli — Ciolli remains on the 7-day DL for Winston-Salem.

• Kyle Lafrenz — Lafrenz remains on the 7-day DL for Clearwater.

• Jeremy Lucas — Lucas was 1 for 9 with one RBI for Mahoning Valley.

• Stephen Bruno — Bruno was 6 for 22 with two doubles in six games for Boise.

• Jake Eigsti — Eigsti was 3 for 13 with a double in four games for Camden.

• Pascual Del Real — Del Real was 1 for 9 in four games for Edinbug.

• Alex Guthrie — Guthrie was 3 for 11 with two RBI in three games for Gateway.

• Joe Thatcher— Thatcher made one relief appearance for San Diego. In 2⁄3 of an inning, he allowed no runs, no hits and no walks with one strikeout in a no-decision vs. Cincinnati on July 8.

• Brian Omogrosso — Omogrosso made one relief appearance for the Chicago White Sox. In 21⁄3 innings, he allowed one hit, two earned runs and three walks, with one strikeout in a no-decision vs. Toronto on July 8.

• Matt Zaleski — Zaleski made one start for Charlotte. He went four innings, allowing one unearned run, three hits, with one walk, two strikeouts in a no-decision vs. Norfolk on July 8.

• Mitch Stetter — Stetter made two relief appearances for Huntsville. In a combined 11⁄3 innings, he allowed no runs, no hits and no walks, with one strikeout.

• Derek Eitel — Eitel made one start for Mobile. In six innings, he allowed six runs (five earned), eight hits and one walk, with two strikeouts in a loss at Pensacola on July 9.

• Ryan Tatusko — Tatusko made one start and one long-relief appearance for Harrisburg. In a combined 121⁄3 innings, he allowed two earned runs, 12 hits, with four walks, 11 strikeouts. He had a win in the start at Bowie on July 6, then a no-decision in his long relief outing vs. Richmond on July 12.

• Jake Petricka — Petricka made one start for Winston-Salem. In six innings, he allowed three earned runs, four hits, with three walks, eight strikeouts in a win vs. Lynchburg on July 9.

• Colin Rea — Rea made one start for Fort Wayne. In 31⁄3 innings, he allowed three runs (two earned), eight hits, with two walks, three strikeeouts in a loss vs. Bowling Green on July 6.

• Jason Van Skike — Van Skike made one relief appearance for Kannapolis. In two innings, he allowed no runs, no hits, with two walks, two strikeouts in a no-decision on July 11.

• Brett Merkley — Merkley made two relief appearances for Great Falls. In a combined three innings, he allowed no runs, three hits, with two walks, two strikeouts.

• Brandon Dorsett — Dorsett made two relief appearances for Bluefield. In a combined four innings, he allowed no runs, two hits, with no walks, three strikeouts at Burlington (July 8) and at Pulaski (July 12).

• Dakota Bacus — Bacus made two relief appearances for the AZL A’s. In a combined 31⁄3 innings, he allowed two earned runs, five hits, with one walk, one strikeout.

• Blake Drake — Drake made two relief appearances for Rockford. In a combined one innings, he allowed two earned runs, no hits, with four walks, no strikeouts.

Through games of Thursday

Position players

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

Clint Barmes (Pittsburgh)    245    15    60    4    22    .204

Nevin Ashley (Durham; AAA/Tampa Bay)    69    9    17    1    4    .246

Josh Phegley (Charlotte; AAA/CWS)    293    23    77    1    30    .263

Ryan Strausborger (Frisco; AA/Texas)    297    42    74    3    32    .249

Brady Shoemaker (Birmingham; AA/CWS)    315    66    104    14    64    .330

Nick Ciolli (Winston-Salem; A-Adv./CWS)    160    27    43    4    25    .269

Kyle Lafrenz (Clearwater; A-Adv./Phil.)    47    3    7    0    2    .149

Jeremy Lucas (Mahoning Valley; A-Clev.)    31    2    9    0    3    .290

Stephen Bruno (Boise; A/Cubs)    73    16    23    0    7    .315

Jake Eigsti (Camden; Ind.)    224    24    54    2    26    .241

Pascual Del Real (Edinburg; Ind.)    125    11    26    0    13    .208

Alex Guthrie (Gateway; Ind.)    30    4    8    0    4    .267


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

Joe Thatcher (San Diego)    22.1    18    9    24    0-2    14    2.82

Brian Omogrosso (Chi. White Sox)    4.0    5    3    2    0-0    0    6.75

Matt Zaleski (Charlotte; AAA/CWS)    86.1    84    37    50    3-3    0    3.96

Derek Eitel (Mobile; AA/Arizona)    97.1    110    30    59    6-7    0    4.53

Mitch Stetter (Huntsville; AA/Milwaukee)

20.1    11    7    25    1-0    0    1.77

Ryan Tatusko (Harrisburg; AA/Washington)   

44.1    43    24    37    2-2    0    4.06

Jake Petricka (Winston-Salem/A-Adv./CWS)

81.2    91    49    84    5-6    0    6.29

Colin Rea (Ft. Wayne; A/San Diego)    64.0    63    27    53    2-5    0    3.23

Jason Van Skike (Kannapolis; A/CWS)    18.2    16    8    15    3-0    1    4.82

Brett Merkley (Great Falls; R/CWS)    13.0    17    6    9    1-1    3    2.77

Brandon Dorsett (Bluefield; R/Tor.)    11.0    9    1    8    1-0    0    0.82

Dakota Bacus (AZL A’s; R/Oakland)    6.1    6    1    2    2-0    1    2.84

Blake Drake (Rockford; Ind.)    2.0    0    6    1    0-0    0    9.00

Dennis Clark can be reached at and followed on Twitter @TribStarDennis.

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