OMG: Chicago White Sox
Take a look at the White Sox Top 10 Prospects. And here’s your OMG (One More Guy) from Chicago’s system:
Jacob Petricka, RHP: Petricka was a fast riser in the 2010 Draft class, one of those late comers that scouts run to see last minute to see what the fuss is about. A Tommy John surgery recipient a few years back, Petricka had transferred from Iowa Western Community College to Indiana State, so we’re not exactly talking about a hotbed for baseball. Petricka jumped on radar screens when reports came out about him hitting 97-98 mph on the radar gun last spring. He moved from off the map and into the second round, where the White Sox took him with the No. 63 overall pick.<p>
He threw well in his pro debut, making eight starts with Bristol in the Appalachian League and then nine relief outings with Kannapolis as the White Sox didn’t want to overwork him. The plus fastball is still very much there (9.7 K/9) and he shows a breaking ball that can be above-average as well. He’s got a feel for a changeup, too, which is why he’ll continue as a starter (along with his ability to maintain fastball velocity into starts), at least for the time being. If command becomes an issue, he’s got the arsenal to be a very good short reliever in the future.