Copeland returns to Oilers
Stephen Copeland has signed to return to the Peninsula Oilers for the 2002 season.
The junior right-handed pitcher and infielder from Oregon State appeared in 20 games for the 2000 Oilers, a mark that ranks him seventh for single season appearances by a pitcher.
Copeland played in the Cape Cod League during the 2001 summer season.
Two former Oilers made their major league debuts during the 2001 season. Kevin Olsen of the 1997 Oilers sported a 1.20 earned run average for the Florida Marlins. Ken Harvey, a first baseman for the 1998 Oilers, batted .250 for the Kansas City Royals.
Oilers alums making their inaugural appearances in professional baseball include Soldotnas Chris Mabeus. The three-year Oilers pitcher finished the 2001 season with the Oakland Athletics Single A team in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mabeus posted a 2-5 record splitting time between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Mabeus is listed in several of the all-time record pitching categories.
Danny Garcia, who is listed on the Oilers all-time records list in nearly every major batting category, split time with the New York Mets Single A teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Capital City Bombers. Garcia hit over .300 for both clubs.
Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers Alaska Baseball League team.For more information, contact the Oilers at 283-7133 or stop by the office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.
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