Thursday, January 16, 2014
WSC Birth Years: Jake Petricka
Born: June 5, 1988
Jake was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Indiana State University, sandwiched in between first round pick Chris Sale and third round pick Addison Reed. While moving through the Pale Hose farm system, Petricka suffered a setback due to a back injury and was switched from starting pitcher to relief. The switch enabled Jake to crack the majors in 2013.
Petricka made his MLB debut on August 22, 2013, relieving David Purcey in the bottom of the eleventh inning, facing Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez and getting him to ground into an inning ending double play. Conor Gillaspie homered to lead off the twelfth inning and Addison Reed nailed it down to ensure Jake would win his first MLB game in his first appearance. Petricka appeared in sixteen games for the ChiSox in 2013 and has put himself in a good position to be a part of the bullpen in 2014.