Oilers put 7 on 1st-team all-league

The Peninsula Oilers collected seven spots on the first team of the Alaska Baseball League All-League selections. The selections, voted on by managers, coaches and media, were announced Friday.


For the Oilers, Jake Alvarez made it at second base, Mike Wieland made it at catcher, Andre Mercurio made it in the outfield, Logan McAnallen and GJ Strauss made it at starting pitcher, and Travis Barnes and Michael Coates made it at reliever.

Alvarez hit .301 for the Oilers with 11 runs, six doubles and six RBIs. Wieland hit .260 with 13 runs, six doubles and 15 RBIs. Andre Mercurio had a .319 average with 10 runs, four doubles, six stolen bases and 13 RBIs.

McAnallen had a 1.14 ERA in 39 1-3 innings pitched, collecting 37 strikeouts.

Despite those dazzling numbers, he was just 1-3, as good a reason as any the Oilers finished fourth in the six-team ABL.

Strauss had a 1.63 ERA and used better run support to get a 4-1 record. He struck out 26 in 33 innings.

On Coates, voters agreed with the Kansas City Royals organization, which signed the pitcher out of the ABL. He had a 2.66 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 23 2-3 innings.

Barnes had a 0.47 ERA, striking out 17 in 19 innings.

The league-champion Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks picked up three of the major awards.

David Fletcher, fresh out of high school, was both the Gold Glove and the Top Pro Prospect. Bryan Ferris was Coach of the Year.

The Mat-Su Miners picked up two major awards, with AJ Simcox getting Silver Slugger and Christin Stewart getting Player of the Year.

Garrett Mundell of the Bucs was Pitcher of the Year.

The Oilers had two on the second team.

AJ Ramirez made it at outfield, while Brody Greer made it at reliever.

Ramirez hit .282 with 11 RBIs.

Greer had an ERA of 6.00, but scouts liked him so much he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.


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