Steamers announce outfield signings
By Victoria Conway
Sunday, April 7, 2019
EDENTON — The Edenton Steamers announced its latest additions to the 2019 roster April 1.
Jordan Fitzpatrick of Missouri State University, Kenny Oyama of Loyola Marymount University and Dane Simon of Nicholls State University are the newest players to ink a deal with Edenton.
All three roster additions are outfielders.
Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot sophomore, brings experience and depth to Edenton's outfield.
"With any Missouri State player, you expect maturity. Jordan has athleticism and he is someone who I know will be in control on and off the field. His team went to regionals last season and that experience is invaluable for him," said Edenton head coach Russ Burroughs.
The Rogersville, Mo. native is teammates with former Steamers' standout, Ben Whetstone.
Oyama, 5-foot-2, 150-pound sophomore was a former college teammate of Billy Wilson.
Wilson was a Steamer and was drafted in the 28th round by the Indians in 2018.
"Kenny knows his role and what he needs to do to help our team. He does a great job of getting on base and putting the ball in play," Burroughs said.
The Trabuco Canyon, Calif. product has 14 RBI in 21 games this season with the Lions.
Simon, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound sophomore, is hitting .313 this spring with Nicholls State.
"Dane has some speed and also knows how to handle the bat. We expect him to do a little of everything for us. He's having a nice spring so hopefully he can keep that up and roll into the summer with some momentum," Burroughs said.
Stemming from Destrehan, La., Simon has done a solid job getting on base, posting a .460 on-base percentage.
Burroughs wants his club to bring energy and excitement this summer.
"People come to games to watch players put the ball in play and in the seats. We want to be a fun team to watch and we can do that by being productive on the offensive side of the ball."
Opening Day at Historic Hicks Field is on May 30, as the Steamers host the Morehead City Marlins.
Story provided by The Edenton Steamers.