The 2010 baseball season will begin at Class A Kannapolis for former Northview Knight, Brady Shoemaker.
Shoemaker was assigned to the Chicago White Sox advanced Class A squad recently and will open the year with the Intimidators in the South Atlantic League. The 22-year-old Shoemaker was a standout at Olney Central junior college before starring for the Indiana State Sycamores. The White Sox then drafted Shoemaker in the 19th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Shoemaker began his professional career in the rookie Appalachian League with the Bristol White Sox where he hit .351 over 57 games and scored 38 runs. He also added nine home runs with 34 RBI while reaching base nearly 43 percent of the time. His performance earned him a promotion to AAA Charlotte to wrap up the season struggled a bit, hitting .103 in 29 at-bats.
Twice he earned Appalachian League honors as a Post-Season All-Star and as the player of the week on July 13. In December, Shoemaker was named as a Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star.
Shoemaker will have a familiar face on the squad as former Sycamore teammate, Nick Ciolli is also on the squad and could join him in the outfield once again. Ciolli played for Great Falls in the Pioneer Rookie League where he hit to the tune of .317 over 63 games and scored 45 runs while stealing 23 bases and smacking seven home runs to drive in 36 runs.
Another local product, Josh Phegley, a graduate of Terre Haute North High School before attending Indiana University, was assigned to AA Winston Salem. The catcher was drafted in the first round by the White Sox before he went to Kannapolis to end the 2009 season. While there, Phegley hit .224 over 52 games with 27 runs, nine home runs and 33 RBI.