The Peninsula Oilers have signed Stephen Drew, an infielder from Florida State University.
Drew was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2001 draft and is the younger brother of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder J.D. (Oilers 1995) and Cleveland Indians pitcher (Tim).
The freshman from Hahira, Ga., recently topped all position players in the Seminoles' fall physical testing and is expected to see lots of playing time at shortstop and third base for the Atlantic Coast Conference team.
John Olerud (Oilers 1988) and Rich Aurilia (1990) both had outstanding major league seasons in 2001. Aurilia, the San Francisco Giants' shortstop, batted .324 (leading the National League for much of the year) with 37 home runs and 97 runs batted in -- all career bests. Aurilia was named to the N.L. all-star team.
Olerud hit .302 with 21 home runs and 95 runs batted in while playing first base for the Seattle Mariners and was selected to the American League all-star team.
Two former Oilers were traded midseason in 2001. Mark Redman and Ryan Christenson were teammates on the 1993 Oilers National Baseball Congress World Series championship team. Christenson returned to the Oilers to win a second NBC title in 1994.
Christenson was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Arizona Diamondbacks late in the season. Christenson appeared in 19 regular-season games for Arizona but did not make any postseason appearances for the World Champion Diamondbacks.
Redman was traded midseason by the Minnesota Twins to the Detroit Tigers. The starting pitcher spent time on the injured list with both clubs.
Oilers Corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League. 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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