Hitting the big league

Born to be a Cubbie! Way back when Jacob Peter was a little baby, one of his first pieces of clothing was a White Sox uniform. Although his dad, Win, is a dedicated Twins fan, he did enjoy watching Bo Jackson play ball for Chicago. (Photo by Aunt Barb Reicks)

Born to be a Cubbie!
Way back when Jacob Peter was a little baby, one of his first pieces of clothing was a White Sox uniform. Although his dad, Win, is a dedicated Twins fan, he did enjoy watching Bo Jackson play ball for Chicago. (Photo by Aunt Barb Reicks)

By Marcie Klomp
During baseball season, Elma has Michael Wacha (a boy with local ties) of the St. Louis Cardinals to root for. Now Lime Springs and area can say the same!

A few weeks ago, Jacob Peter, son of Win and Lisa (McCarville) Peter (now of Mason City) was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, much to the chagrin of his dad, who is a die-hard Twins fan!
Other proud family members are his grandparents, Marian and the late Lloyd Peter, of Lime Springs, Linda McCarville, of Cresco, and Bob and Shirley McCarville of LeRoy.

Aunt Becky Pahl said, “His draft prediction number was 190 and he went 198 with the White Sox.”

Being drafted in the seventh round, Jacob left Creighton University at Omaha, Neb. after his junior year. Win said Jacob still plans to finish college, during two fall semesters. His major is marketing.

“He is now playing in the Pioneer League in Great Falls, Mont. It’s a rookie league team,” Win commented. All pro teams have six minor league teams, two rookie, two A teams, one AA and one AAA. The middle infielder (second/short) will have to work his way through the minors before getting a shot at the majors.

Win and Lisa can take some credit for their son’s success. They both played ball in their younger years. “Softball. That’s all I ever played,” explained his dad. “I was in fastpitch and slowpitch. Lisa played softball in high school. That was the extent of our playing.”

They’ve had a lot of practice holding down the bleachers, though, as Jacob played as much ball as he could. He played on the Mason City town league and played lot of travel ball between ages 9-14. “He played a lot. He had a knack for it. He wasn’t always the best on the team but he was right up there,” Win said. That talent was able to get him a scholarship to Creighton. “I heard he was the highest draft pick to ever come out of Mason City,” said the proud dad.

Some of Jacob’s stats include being a 5’11,” 185-pound infielder. He bats left handed but throws right handed. He graduated from Mason City High School.

In 2013, Jake was invited to participate in Team USA training camp, named to the ABCA All-Midwest Region Second Team and All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team and MVC All-Defensive Team.

He became the first Bluejay since 2006 to have two triples in one game, on April 21, in Creighton’s 9-1 win over Southern Illinois.

As pitcher, he was the first Jay since at least 1999 to open a season with nine consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run.

As a freshman, Jake started 56 games, 55 of those at second and one at shortstop.

At the high school level, he led his team to back-to-back state tournaments. In 2011, he earned first-team all conference, all-area and All-State honors with a 36-10 overall record.

Also as a senior, he claimed the Cy Young, Silver Bat and Gold Glove Awards. His highest honor in high school was being named Player of the Year by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA)

Jacob Peter is living the American dream. Look for this up-and-coming player on the roster of the White Sox in the near future.

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