Michigan State University pitcher Tim Day has signed with the Peninsula Oilers for the 2003 season. Day established a school record for wins with 11 in 2002 and was rewarded by being named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander had an outstanding 3.21 earned run average and a 4-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Day recently was named by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association to the organization's 2003 preseason All-America team. Day hails from West Chester, Ohio, and is studying general management at the Big Ten school.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Chad Decker also has signed for 2003. Decker comes to the Oilers from the University of California, Riverside, where the baseball staff includes former Oilers head coach Doug Smith (1989) and pitching coach Andrew Checketts (2001). In the 2002 draft Decker was tabbed in the 24th round by the Texas Rangers but instead opted to enroll at UCR. Decker, who has been named to the 2003 preseason Freshman All-American team, is from Moreno Valley, Calif., and is studying business.
Former Oilers pitcher Mark Redman (1993) was involved in a recent five-player trade, moving from the Detroit Tigers to the Florida Marlins. The four-year major league veteran passed the 200-inning mark for the first time in his career during the Tigers 2002 season.
Jason Bates (Oilers 1991) has been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie League team's coaching staff in Missoula, Mont. Bates played four seasons for the Colorado Rockies.
For more information regarding the Alaska Baseball League and the Peninsula Oilers, see the team's Web site at www.oilersbaseball.com or visit the team's office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.
Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League team.
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