UWSP's Jirschele signs free-agent deal with White Sox
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Former UW-Stevens Point
infielder Justin Jirschele (Clintonville,
WI/Clintonville) came one step closer to reaching his dream on Thursday
afternoon, signing a free agent contract with the Chicago White
Jirschele, who just completed his career with the Pointers,
received a call from the White Sox organization the day after Major League
Baseball's First Year Player Draft.
"My phone rang, and when I answered,
the person on the other end of the line asked me if I wanted to play baseball
for the Chicago White Sox," said Jirschele. "I said
Jirschele started all 42 games for the Pointers this
season, all but two at second base. The senior led the team in at bats (176) and
hits (61) while ranking second in total bases (84) and third in average (.340)
and RBIs (33). On the season, the Clintonville product tallied 31 runs, 15
doubles, five stolen bases, two home runs and one triple.
held a team-best 15-game hitting streak and ranked tied for first with 19
multi-hit games. Jirschele, who earned All-WIAC First Team for the third
straight season, recorded only five errors on the season for a .974 fielding
The two-time Gold Glove winner is a product of a strong
baseball family. His father Mike coaches the Class AAA affiliate of the Kansas
City Royals and his brother Jeremy, a two-time All-American for the UW-Oshkosh
Titans, was drafted by the Royals in 2005 and played in the team's system until
Now Justin will have the opportunity to build on that family
tradition. He will report to the team's spring training facility on Saturday for
a two-week camp before being assigned to one of the team's two rookie ball
"It's an absolute dream come true," said Jirschele. "I just
wanted a chance to play professional baseball and I got that chance today. I
just wanted a chance."
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information
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