Windy City left-handed pitchers Matt Jernstad and Zach Piccola were signed by the Chicago White Sox yesterday. Five Tool Prospects had Matt Jernstad ranked the #1 Prospect in the Frontier League at the time of his signing.
From the Windy City press release:
Matt Jernstad was acquired from the Joliet JackHammers during the 2008 season. In his short time with the ThunderBolts in 2008, he pitched 7 strong innings and had an ERA of 1.29 as Windy City won the Frontier League championship. Jernstad, who is a resident of Oswego, IL, produced stellar numbers in 2009. He had a record of 7-4 and an ERA of 2.31 in 78 innings pitched, finishing second in the Frontier League in ERA while tying for the lead in games pitched. He struck out 97 batters and only walked 23. Jernstad showed great control of his pitches which made him stand out to the White Sox. When asked about the opportunity, Jernstad said, “Being signed by the White Sox is a great accomplishment. I had such an awesome time in Windy City, the players were all great and the coaches really helped me out.”
Zach Piccola was another southpaw signed by the White Sox. Piccola, who hails from Bedford, NH, played two years of affiliated baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization in 2006 and 2007 after being drafted in the ninth round out of the University of South Alabama. In 2009, Piccola was acquired late in the year by the ThunderBolts. He pitched in eight games and faced a total of 40, allowing only eleven to reach base. Piccola had an ERA 3.72 and struck out 13 batters. Both of these left-handed pitchers look to make an impact in the White Sox organization in 2010.
ThunderBolts Field Manager, Mike Kashirsky received the good news this week. Kashirsky said, “Piccola signed with us late last year and in just a short time he showed outstanding stuff. He has a great work ethic and I wish him nothing but the best.” Kashirsky continued by saying, “Jerny, what can I say, I couldn’t be more proud of him. He was so huge for us in ’08 and was a key part in many roles in ’09. He is the type of player, both on and off the field that makes everybody around him better. He is an outstanding player and person.”