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2.63 Chicago White Sox - Jacob Petricka, RHP, Indiana State

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The White Sox spent the 63rd overall pick on Jacob Petricka.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Jacob Petricka   Position: RHP   School: Indiana State   State: IN   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’5’’   Weight: 185

Birth Date: 6/5/88   Seiler Rating: 1C3   Last Drafted: 2009 (NYY-34)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2007*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2008**

5

1

5.61

11

 

0

33.2

36

23

21

 

18

24

2009

7

3

4.76

13

13

0

73.2

87

48

39

4

34

49

2010

7

4

4.11

20

15

0

100.2

100

51

46

3

47

113

*Missed due to injury at Iowa Western CC
*At Iowa Western CC


Jacob Petricka is a fast rising right-handed pitcher from Indiana State University. Petricka originally attended Faribault High School in Faribault, Minnesota, a small town about 50 miles due south of Minneapolis. Only lightly recruited and almost not scouted at all out of high school, he went undrafted, and he started his college career at Iowa Western Community College. He missed the entire 2007 season as a freshman after having Tommy John surgery, and it’s taken him until this year to really get his feel for pitching again on a consistent basis. He pitched fairly well as a redshirt freshman at Iowa Western, but went undrafted again and headed for Indiana State. He pitched well early on in the 2009 season, but a late-season fade and lack of plus stuff dropped him to the late rounds, where the Yankees took him but failed to sign him as a draft-eligible sophomore. He returned to school, and that has turned out to be an excellent decision. His stuff has matured into a possible number three starter’s stuff, and he could now be a first day arm. His fastball is a plus pitch, sitting 92-94, touching 97, and he’s started to command it. His big, durable frame suggests he can handle throwing that hard every fifth day, but that remains to be seen. His breaking ball is a potential above-average curveball with some oomph behind it, and it’s an improved pitch this spring. His changeup, though, is well behind his other two pitches, and it only projects to be fringe-average to average. With a powerful arm that is relatively fresh, he could go in the supplemental first round or the second round, and he’ll likely sign for slot money as a 22 year old junior.