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5 Oilers go during draft's final day

13 former Peninsula players went in this year's draft

Posted: June 6, 2012 - 8:35pm

Five more former players for the Peninsula Oilers were taken in the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, running the total number of former Oilers taken in this year's draft to 13.

Rounds 16 through 40 of the draft were conducted Wednesday.

The first player to go was Jeff Popick, who was taken in the 16th round by the Colorado Rockies. Popick played the outfield for the Oilers in 2010. He hit .219, but did belt three home runs in Alaska Baseball League play to finish second on the team in that category.

Next, Eddie Orozco was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round. Orozco was a right-handed pitcher on the 2010 squad. He finished 4-2 with a 1.52 ERA in the ABL that year.

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Geoff Broussard in the 23rd round. Broussard finished 4-0 with a 3.96 ERA in the ABL in 2010. He pitches from the right side.

The 29th round saw two former Oilers selected. Caleb Bushyhead was taken by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Bushyhead played second base and shortstop for the Oilers in 2009. He hit .215 that season.

The final Oilers player taken was Zach Kirksey, going in the 29th round to the Detroit Tigers. Kirksey played the outfield for the Oilers in 2011. He hit .119 in ABL play.

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