Jacob Steven Petricka...Pronounced puh-TRITCH-kuh...Spent two years at Iowa Western Community College before transferring to Indiana State in 2009...Went 7-4 with a 4.11 ERA (46 ER/100.2 IP) and 113 strikeouts in 20 games (15 starts) for the Sycamores in 2010 and was named First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference...First drafted by the White Sox in 2006 (38th round)...Drafted by the Yankees in 2009 (34th round)...Drafted again by the White Sox in the 2nd round in 2010 and signed with the club on June 15, 2010.
Appeared in six Major League games over three stints for Milwaukee - all in April...Allowed three runs over 8.0 innings for the Brewers...Designated for assignment on April 27...Outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio on May 1...Traded to the Texas Rangers for a Player To Be Named Later on June 14 and was assigned to Triple-A Nashville...Posted a 3.74 ERA across his 40 Triple-A appearances...Struck out 51 batters in 45.2 innings of work.
Signed as a free agent with Toronto on 2/8 ... Went 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA in 41 relief appearances with Toronto ... Had four stints with the team (5/4-5/5, 5/8-6/1, 6/30-8/27 and 9/4-end) ... Retired 23 of 41 first batters faced (56.1%) ... Stranded 24 of 31 inherited runners (77.4%) ... Went 0-0 with a 0.78 ERA and 2 saves in 16 games at Triple-A Buffalo ... Signed as a free agent with Milwaukee on 1/11/19.
Made three stints on the disabled list ... Posted a 48.3 ground ball percentage...Had been at 62.9% or higher in each of his previous four MLB seasons ... Induced three ground ball double plays...His 29 GIDPs over the last four seasons ranks 4th among AL relievers ... Made one appearance on April 4 vs. DET (1.0 IP, 2BB, 1K) before landing on the DL with a strained right lat from April 5 to June 8...Allowed three runs in one inning of work in his return on June 9 at CLE ... Struck out a career-best four batters on June 12 vs. BAL ... Allowed a career-high five hits and five runs on June 28 vs. NYY (1.0 IP, 5H, 5ER, HR, K) ... Returned to the DL on June 29 for four weeks with a right elbow strain ... Joined the Sox' bullpen again on July 27 and threw a scoreless inning vs. CHC (1H, 1K) ... Surrendered two homers in an outing for the 1st time in his career on Aug. 8 vs. HOU ... Landed on the DL for a third time on September 5, again with a right elbow strain, and spent the rest of the season there ... Finished the year with career-highs in home runs allowed (6), OBA (.342), ERA (7.01), SO/9 (9.12) and SO/BB ratio (4.33).
Appeared in nine games before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right hip in June. Recorded his only hold on 4/13 at Minnesota (0.2 scoreless IP) … allowed one run over 2.2 IP on 4/18 vs. the Angels. Also worked 2.0 IP in his next outing on 4/21 vs. the Angels … worked at least 2.0 IP in consecutive appearances for the fourth time in his career and first since 2014. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 5/5 (retro to 5/2) with a right-hip impingement … underwent season-ending surgery on 6/10 in Denver to repair a labral tear in his right hip. Was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 7/6 … was reinstated on 11/3
Ranked second on the White Sox with 12 holds in his second full season with the club … recorded a career-high 65.2 groundball percentage and matched his 2014 total with 12 GIDP. ... Allowed just 16.1 percent (5-31) of inherited runners to score … 33 of his 62 appearances lasted at least 1.0 IP. ... Posted a 2.77 ERA (8 ER/26.0 IP) at home, compared to 4.50 (13 ER/26.0 IP) on the road … his ERA was 2.76 (10 ER/32.2 IP) in the first half (5.12 in the second). ... ERA was 2.37 (8 ER/30.1 IP) in 37 outings from May-July and 4.86 (9 ER/16.2 IP) from August-October (21 games). ... Right-handers hit .257 (37-144) and lefties batted .358 (19-53) … opponents hit .167 (9-54) with RISP. ... Started the season on the disabled list (retroactive to 3/27) with a right forearm strain … made two injury rehab appearances with Class AAA Charlotte … was reinstated on 4/20. ... Made his season debut on 4/22 vs. Cleveland, working 1.0 scoreless IP … suffered his first loss on 4/23 vs. Kansas City, allowing a game-winning single to Eric Hosmer in the 13th. ... Earned his two saves on 5/28 at Baltimore and 6/23 at Minnesota (combined 2.0 scoreless IP). ... Allowed one earned run in 7.2 IP over a 10-game stretch from 5/2-23 (1.17 ERA) … made six consecutive scoreless appearances from 6/4-14, allowing two hits over 3.2 IP. ... Earned his first win of the season on 6/5 vs. Detroit after working a perfect 11th inning … suffered his second loss on 6/18 vs. Pittsburgh, allowing the game-winning run in the ninth. ... Earned the win on 6/21 vs. Texas with a scoreless 11th inning, including an inning-ending GIDP. ... Posted his 12th hold on 8/11 vs. the Angels, inducing an inning-ending double play by Albert Pujols in the eighth … earned his fourth victory on 8/25 vs. Boston (1.0 scoreless IP). ... Allowed a run in three consecutive outings from 9/2-6 … made six straight scoreless appearances to end the season from 9/12-10/3, surrendering three hits over 7.2 IP.
American League Relief Leaders: 2nd in GB% (63.8); T3rd in opp. GIDP (12); 7th in GIDP/9.0 IP (1.48); 9th in IP (73.0)...Was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte on 4/4 and spent the rest of the season with the White Sox...Led all major-league rookies with 14 saves and ranked third in appearances (67) and IP (73.0)...Posted a 77.8 save percentage (14-18)...Led Sox pitchers in games (67) and save opportunities...52 of his 67 appearances were scoreless...Pitched 16 times with no rest (2.70 ERA, 5 ER/16.2 IP)...Allowed 40.0 percent (16-40) of inherited runners to score...Limited right-handers to a .208 average (31-149) and first batters faced to a .203 (12-59) mark...Made his season debut on 4/4 at Kansas City (2.1 scoreless IP) … Struck out a career-high three on 4/11 vs. Cleveland...Surrendered one run in a career-high 3.0 IP on 4/19 at Texas...Allowed just one earned run over 17 games (21.0 IP) from 4/25-6/3 … 12 of the outings were hitless...Threw 10.0 consecutive scoreless IP from 4/25-5/7 (six games) and 5/11-6/3 (10 games) … Retired 15 straight batters from 4/30-5/8...Earned his first career save on 5/19 at Kansas City, stranding the tying run at second base in the ninth inning...Suffered his first loss on 6/7 at Angel Stadium after giving up a game-winning single to Chris Iannetta in the eighth inning...Made eight consecutive scoreless appearances (11.0 IP) from 6/22-7/6, recording two saves with eight strikeouts...Converted six straight save opportunities from 6/27-8/1...Recorded his second career save on 6/27 at Toronto...Worked 2.0 scoreless IP for the save on 7/6 vs. Seattle...Surrendered a game-ending, three-run homer to pinch hitter Brian McCann on 8/24 at Yankee Stadium...Worked 1.0 scoreless IP in six straight appearances from 8/30-9/13, earning four saves and allowing just four hits...Allowed the game-tying (wild pitch) and game-winning runs (Lorenzo Cain infield single) on 9/15 at Kansas City...Earned a four-out save on 9/22 at Detroit.
Spent time with Class AA Birmingham, Class AAA Charlotte and the White Sox … began the season at Birmingham before being promoted to Charlotte on 7/4 … was recalled from the Knights on 8/17 … made his major-league debut on 8/22 at Kansas City … earned his first win that night after inducing an inning-ending double play by Salvador Perez in the bottom of the 11th inning … Sox won, 4-3, in 12 innings … made six consecutive scoreless appearances (9.0 IP) from 9/2-15 … worked 2.2 scoreless IP with two strikeouts on 9/2 at Yankee Stadium … surrendered a game-ending single to Omar Infante in the 12th inning on 9/21 at Detroit … combined to go 5-0 with a 1.81 ERA (11 ER/54.2 IP), one save and 58 strikeouts over 31 games (one start) between Charlotte and Birmingham … limited opponents to a .231 average (45-195) and averaged 9.55 strikeouts per 9.0 IP between the two stops … recorded at least one strikeout in 20 of his 21 appearances with Birmingham, including two or more 14 times … posted a 0.75 ERA (2 ER/24.0 IP) with 26 strikeouts over his final 11 appearances with the Barons before being promoted to the Knights … eight of his 10 outings with Charlotte were scoreless
Combined to go 8-8 with a 5.39 ERA (84 ER/140.1 IP) and 111 strikeouts over 29 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham … started the season with Winston-Salem … struck out eight batters in consecutive starts on 7/4 vs. Myrtle Beach and 7/9 vs. Lynchburg … was promoted to Birmingham on 7/21 … recorded a three-game winning streak from 8/11-27 … allowed three runs or less in each of his first seven starts… entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 5 Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Combined to go 7-8 with a 3.65 ERA (46 ER/113.1 IP) and 99 strikeouts in 23 games (22 starts) betweenClass A Kannapolis, Class A Winston-Salem and Advanced Rookie Bristol...spent the majority of the seasonwith the dash, going 4-7 with a 4.39 ERA (33 ER/67.2 IP) and 46 strikeouts over 13 starts...went 3-1 with a2.81 era (13 ER/41.2 IP) and 48 strikeouts in eight starts with Kannapolis...was placed on the disabled liston 5/24 with a strained back muscle...made two rehab appearances (one start) with Bristol...was 1-0 with a0.53 ERA (1 ER/17.0 IP) and 22 strikeouts in his first three starts from 4/10-20...apppeared in 13 games withthe Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League...entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 7Prospect in the White Sox organization.
Made his professional debut with Advanced Rookie Bristol before being promoted to Class A Kannapolison 8/2...went a combined 2-5 with a 3.05 ERA (15 ER/44.1 IP) and 48 strikeouts in 17 games (eight starts) ...appeared in nine games for the intimidators, going 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA (4 ER/9.2 IP) and 10 strikeouts...was2-4 with a 2.86 ERA (11 er/34.2 iP) and 38 strikeouts over eight starts with Bristol...allowed one hit over 5.0scoreless IP with four strikeouts on 7/1 vs. Greeneville...rated by Baseball America as having the Best Fastballin the White Sox 2010 draft class...was recommended/signed by Mike Shirley.