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Posted: May 24, 2018 2:56 PMUpdated: May 25, 2018 8:01 AM

Two Local Products Pitching in Minor Leagues

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Two local arms are pitching in professional baseball. James Teague a former Bartlesville High School and University of Arkansas standout and Carson LaRue, a former Dewey High School star who went to Cowley County CC and then Oklahoma State University.

Teague is in his third year of pro ball pitching in the Baltimore Orioles system. The former 37th round draft pick is currently playing in high-A for the Frederick Keys in Maryland.

On the surface Teague’s numbers don’t look great in 2018 with a 1-2 record and 7.07 ERA. However, he has settled into a nice groove in May giving up just one run in five innings over a stretch of four relief appearances.

LaRue is also pitching in high-A ball in the Astros organization. The right-hander has split time between the rotation and the bullpen for the Buies Creek Astros of the Carolina League.

In total, LaRue has made nine appearances, six of which have been starts. He has a record of 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA over 39.2 innings pitched. LaRue has shown impressive stuff as he has limited opposing hitters to .237 batting average and is striking out more than one hitter per inning.

LaRue is the second play ever to be drafted out of Dewey and the only one to play professionally.

As for Teague he is trying to become the first former Bruin to play in the major leagues since Tim Pugh. Pugh pitched for the Bartlesville High School team that won the Oklahoma class 5A state championship in baseball in 1985, he pitched in the majors for nine years from 1992-1997.

Curtis Shaw and Mike Yearout each reached AAA in the late ‘90s out of BHS, but could not crack the majors.  

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