Times Staff Reporter
A former Northview Knight is about to receive a golden opportunity with a new Knights squad. . .the AAA Knights of Charlotte.
As previously reported in June, Brady Shoemaker, a 2005 Northview graduate was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 19th round of the Major League Draft, after a superb senior year at Indiana State University, in which he accumulated a .389 average. Since being drafted, Shoemaker has spent his summer with the Bristol White Sox out of Bristol, VA, in the rookie developmental Appalachian League.
Playing in a league filled with aspiring Major Leaguers provides the potential to intimidate many young players. This has not been the case for Shoemaker.
The former Brazil native has been on a tear for the duration of his stay in Bristol, hitting .350, with 9 home runs, 34 RBI's and 21 doubles; all of which are team highs. Even more impressive, his average is the third highest in the entire Appalachian League.
For his accomplishments, Shoemaker has received numerous accolades, including an APP Player of the Week Award in July and being named to the league's Post-Season All Star Squad. Despite all his success, Shoemaker insists the transition hasn't been an easy one.
"Every game you play, you are going against great players," Shoemaker said. "You have to get up ready to go everyday. You can't take any days off."
Shoemaker's success has been recognized by White Sox brass, who recently informed the leftfielder he would be getting called up to their AAA squad in Charlotte, NC, the highest level minor league farm club within the organization. Shoemaker said the primary reason for his call up was to evaluate incoming talent towards the end of the Major League Baseball season, and also to combat injury troubles.
Shoemaker expressed great excitement to be presented with such an opportunity so quickly in his professional career, saying it would be "a great experience."
Shoemaker said he felt a little bit of surprise to be elevated to the highest ranks of the minors so quickly, but also seemed very excited to see his success get noticed.
"I guess you could say I felt a little surprised, because coming in I didn't know what to expect," Shoemaker said. "But I feel I've done a decent job so far and I'm happy I've gotten this opportunity."
And while the quick promotion is clearly cause for excitement, Shoemaker isn't getting ahead of himself in terms of his expectations, choosing rather to focus on continuing to develop his skills in the White Sox farm system.
"I'm just taking (my training) step-by-step right now," Shoemaker said. "I just want to keep working and hope I take advantage of the chances I get."
No official word has been given as to when Shoemaker will officially be called up to Charlotte, but he has been given confirmation he will be elevated to AAA, and he expects the decision to come within the next couple of days.