OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 4, 2013) – The first season of professional baseball is in the books for former Oklahoma Christian pitchers Cale Coshow and Chris Burgess.
Both pitchers spent the summer in Class A leagues – Coshow with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League, Burgess with the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League, then the Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League.
Coshow, a 13th-round draft choice by the New York Yankees in June, went 0-2 with a 3.76 ERA for Staten Island. The hard-throwing right-hander from Edmond made 15 appearances, including four starts, and recorded 36 strikeouts and 22 walks in 40 2/3 innings.
Staten Island finished 34-41 this summer.
Burgess was taken in the 26th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. He initially was assigned to Williamsport, where he made four appearances before being reassigned to Lakewood, where he made 20 appearances for a team.
Overall, Burgess went 2-5 with five saves and a 3.75 ERA. He had 24 strikeouts and 14 walks in 36 innings. The highlight of his season came on July 11, when he recorded the save and finished off a three-pitcher no-hitter as Lakewood beat Rome 1-0.
He earned his first professional win on July 19 in a relief stint against the Augusta GreenJackets, throwing two-plus innings and giving up one run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts as Lakewood won 3-2.
The BlueClaws finished 30-39 in the second half of the season and 56-80 overall.
Both Burgess and Coshow played key roles as OC went 26-26 this past season and reached the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series.