Chris Kolkhorst, a left-handed hitting infielder from Rice University, has signed for the 2002 season and becomes the Oilers' first second-generation player. Chris' father, Gary, was a catcher for the 1975 Oilers while Chris' uncle, Ken Kolkhorst, was a catcher and infielder for the 1975 and 1976 Oilers teams. Gary spent his summer in Kenai staying with the Jim and Peggy Arness family. Gary and his wife, Kathy, are making plans to visit the Kenai Peninsula this summer. Ken is still listed in the Oiler all-time record book in several categories. Chris is a junior college transfer from Blinn College, where he was an all-conference selection. The sophomore is from Houston, Texas, and is majoring in managerial studies.
Also signing from Rice is right-handed pitcher and infielder Paul Janish. The 6-foot-2 freshman from Cypress, Texas, is studying mechanical engineering.
A pair of pitchers from the 2000 Oilers made their move to professional baseball during the summer of 2001. Jason Waddell was a starting pitcher for the Giants farm team at Salem-Keizer, and Jason Walker was both a starter and a reliever for the Asheboro Copperheads and the Vermont Expos of the Expos organization.
Oilers Corner is submitted during the off-season by Mike Baxter, the baseball operations manager for the Alaska Baseball League team.
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