The Peninsula Oilers have signed a pair of Arizona State University Sun Devils for the upcoming Alaska Baseball League season.
Freshman infielder-outfielder Travis Buck is from Richland, Wash., and plans on a business major at ASU. Buck was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round of the 2002 draft.
Freshman all-America candidate Ryan Bosch, also a two-way player, will join teammates Buck and returning catcher Garrett Schoenberger to give the 2003 Oilers three players from the Pac-10 school. Bosch will split time between the outfield and the pitcher's mound. The right-hander is from Livermore, Calif., and as yet has not decided on a major.
Ken Harvey has just completed, what is considered by many, the most impressive individual season ever in the Arizona Fall League. The Kansas City Royals prospect was named the league's MVP and posted a batting average of .479, 105 points higher than the league's second-best hitter. Harvey set all-time league records for batting average, on-base average and slugging percentage. The 1998 Oilers first baseman spent the 2002 season with the Royals' Triple A Pacific Coast League team in Omaha, Neb., and is expected to battle for the designated hitter role with the parent club in 2003.
Rick Adair, a pitcher with the 1978 Oilers, serves as minor league pitching coordinator for the Atlanta Braves.
Jeremy Dodson, a member of the 1997 Oilers, recently was released by the Royals and has signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mark Teahan, a member of the 2001 Oilers squad, has been picked by Baseball America as the Oakland Athletics' best athlete in the 2002 draft.
For more information on the Alaska Baseball League and the Peninsula Oilers, visit the team's Web site at www.oilersbaseball.com or stop by the team's office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.
Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League.
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