Times Sports Editor
Northview High School and Indiana State University alumnus, Brady Shoemaker, is back on the diamond.
But now he's getting paid to play the game he loves.
Shoemaker recently signed a professional contact after being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft earlier this month. He has been assigned to play for the Bristol White Sox in the Appalachian League, which is a rookie level team. The rookie level destination is fairly typical of many players drafted and most teams in the league are comprised of players drafted this year. The Appalachian League, like most rookie leagues is a short season league that began play this week.
Shoemaker is already with Bristol and made his professional debut on Tuesday by going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk against Greeneville.
Bristol is coached by Ryan Newman, who joins the team after coaching the previous year at Class A Oneonta in the Detroit Tigers organization. He played in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system from 2002-05.
Shoemaker begins his professional career following an outstanding two years on the diamond and in the classroom at Indiana State.
In two seasons with the Sycamores, Shoemaker played and started in 104 games and hit .347 with 32 doubles, 23 home runs and 118 RBI. He also holds single-game records of three home runs, 10 RBI and 12 total bases which he set on May 17, 2008, against Illinois State in the regular-season finale with the Redbirds.
Shoemaker also excelled academically, recording a 3.85 cumulative GPA while at ISU and was named a 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America.