Oilers stockpile pitchers
The Oilers have added Purdue University pitcher Brent Coudron to the 2003 roster. The Boilermakers sophomore was named by Collegiate Baseball to its 2002 Freshman All-America team. Coudron spent the summer of 2002 in the Northwoods League and was named to the league's all-star team while compiling a 4-4 record and a 2.64 ERA for the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Coudron is from Adrian, Mich., and is studying business with hopes for a career in baseball. He plans to go to law school when his baseball days are over.
Steve Kahn of Loyola Marymount also has signed his 2003 Oilers contract. The freshman right-handed pitcher was picked in the eighth round of the 2002 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2002, Kahn received the CIF Div-4 award for Most Productive Hitter and could see time as a left-handed designated hitter for the Oilers. Kahn is from Anaheim, Calif., and is studying Liberal Arts.
The 2003 college baseball season is under way with Arizona State University winning all six games at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. Outfielder Travis Buck hit a lofty .471 while utility man Ryan Bosch hit a grand slam for his first collegiate hit. Bosch also made his first mound appearance.
The Boston Red Sox have named former San Diego Padres scout Craig Shipley (Oilers 1983) as their new Assistant General Manager. Shipley played 11 seasons with five different Major League teams compiling a career batting average of .271.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz (Oilers 1993) has signed with the American League club for the 2003 season.
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 in the off-season by Mike Baxter, the baseball operations manager for the Alaska Baseball League club.
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