Oregon State pitcher Jake Postlewait has signed to return to the Oilers for the 2003 season. The left-hander split time in the 2002 season working as a starter and out of the bullpen. Postlewait, a junior who spent the 2002 season at the home of Tony Diekins, is from Corvallis, Ore., and is studying communications.
Cameron Abel is the newest member of the 2002 Oilers. Abel is a right-handed pitcher from Stetson University studying general business. The sophomore's home is in Orlando, Fla.
In the where-are-they-now-and-what-are-they-doing department, Mario Ramos (Oilers 1997) has been added to the Texas Rangers' 40-man roster and will be given a chance to make the big league team for the 2003 season.
Jeremy Reed (Oilers 2000) was picked by Baseball America as having the best pro debut. Reed received the honor for his performance in his first year in the Chicago White Sox organization. Reed, who bypassed rookie ball, hit .319 with 17 stolen bases at Kannapolis of the Class A South Atlantic League. Reed also was named the best outfielder, best pure hitter, fastest runner and best defensive player for the Sox in the 2002 draft.
Kenny Baugh (Oilers 1998) missed all of the 2002 season after shoulder surgery. The former Detroit Tigers first-round pick is now throwing again and it is hoped he will be ready for the 2003 season.
For more information regarding the Alaska Baseball League and the Peninsula Oilers, see the team's Web site and www.oilersbaseball.com or visit the team's office on the corner of Cook and Main streets in Kenai.
Oilers Corner is provided in the off-season by Mike Baxter, the baseball operations manager for the Alaska Baseball League team.
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