Former Oilers excel in the minor leagues
\With over 65 former Oilers playing minor league baseball in 2000, many had noteworthy achievements.
At the Triple A level Doug Mientkiewcz (Oilers 1993) of the Minnesota Twins Salt Lake Pacific Coast team was named to the all-star team. Mientkiewcz ranked in the leagues top 10 with a .334 batting average and also starred for the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the Olympics.
At the Single A level, Marty Pevey (Oilers 1981) was named manager of the year for his performance with the Toronto Blue Jays Florida State League champion Dunedin.
Other Single A performances of note include Chris Basak (who started the season with the 2000 Oilers) of the New York Mets New York-Penn League team at Pittsfield, Mass. He led the league with a batting average of .349 and stole 32 bases.
Mario Ramos (Oilers 1997) of the Oakland As Modesto team was named to the California League all-star team. Ryan Ludwick (Oilers 1997) is a teammate of Ramos at Modesto and he also was named to the leagues all-star team.
Jason Marr (Oilers 1996) of Potomac was selected to the St. Louis Cardinals Carolina League all-star team. Brandon Marsters (Oilers 1995) was named to the all-star team and was among the league leaders in hitting with a .310 average for the Twins Florida State League team at Ft. Myers. Adam Walker (Oilers 1996) also was named to the Florida State Leagues all-star team and was ranked fourth best with an earned run average of 3.08 for the Philadelphia Phillies team at Clearwater.
Derek Nicholson (Oilers 1996) of the Houston Astros Michigan team in the Midwest League hit .311, which ranked third-best in the league.
At the Rookie League level, Jeremy Johnson (Oilers 1998) was named player of the year for the Toronto Blue Jays Medicine Hat team of the Pioneer League. Johnson hit .376, the second-highest average in the league. Andrew McCulloch (Oilers 1998), also of Medicine Hat, also was named to the leagues all-star team.
Oilers Corner is submitted in the off-season by Mike Baxter, the baseball operations manager of the Alaska Baseball League club.
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