Third baseman Alex Maloney bats for Ball State during the third inning in the Cardinals’ game against Kent State on March 24 at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Ball State had eight hits. Paige Grider // DN
Former Ball State baseball player signs free agent deal with Chicago White Sox
It didn't take long into his career in the United Shore Professional Baseball League for former Ball State infielder Alex Maloney to receive a phone call from a Major League Organization.
During the middle of just his fourth game with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers on Saturday, Maloney was pulled to begin his transition to Arizona, where he is headed to join Chicago's rookie team.
With the free-agent signing, Maloney became the 14th player in the organizations 13-month history and the first player this year to sign a professional contract.
Maloney went to Twitter later that evening to thank both Ball State, Birmingham-Bloomfield and the Chicago White Sox organizations.
Such an incredible moment for my family and myself. Thank you to all of my teammates at Ball State and with the beavers.— Alex Maloney (@AlexMaloney62) June 25, 2017
His father and coach at Ball State Rich Maloney also took to Twitter with an image of the video board showing Alex Maloney's reaction when he received the call.
Congratulations to Alex Maloney on getting signed by the Chicago White Sox! Special moment for a father and a son not to mention a coach! pic.twitter.com/5VwskDoTkR— Rich Maloney (@CoachMaloney) June 25, 2017
During his career at Ball State, Maloney had a .272 batting average with 17 home runs and 126 RBI.
The Arizona League White Sox are currently 1-1 this season with their next game tonight against the Arizona League Reds at 7 p.m.