Former Major Leaguer Petricka to Join Faribault Lakers
The Faribault Lakers tweeted Monday night that Jake Petricka, Faribault High School graduate will be with the Lakers this summer.
Petricka pitched with the Chicago White Sox from 2013 until 2018 when he went to the Toronto Blue Jays. He also was in the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. His last season was 2019 according to information from ESPN.
Petricka was a relief pitcher during his career.
I spoke with Lakers Manager Charlie Lechtenberg to find out if signing Petricka will bump the team up a class. He said, "No, because we are under the points necessary to cause that to happen."
Lechtenburg tells us Petricka is going to an independent baseball team tryout this spring in North Carolina. So his dream to continue his major league career is not over. If things don't work out he'll come back this summer and play with the Lakers.
When asked if Petricka will pitch Lectenberg replied, "He can do what he wants. Start, relieve or be a position player. He more than likely will do both."
Faribault is host to the State Amateur Baseball Tournament in 2022.
Many Lakers veterans responded to the tweet with excitement. Some around the DRS League were not quite as happy.
Petricka has thrown in 228 major league games with a 10-12 record. He has 16 saves, 27 holds and 7 blown saves in his career. Petricka's career Earned Run Average is 3.96 with a WHIP (Walks and Hits to Innings Pitched) of 1.52.
231.2 innings pitched. 175 strikeouts, 97 walks, 255 hits allowed.
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