Summarized by Eric Bunker
White Sox Finally Make Offer Oborn Accepts
Los Angeles Times 19Aug99 L3
By Lon Eubanks: Times Staff Writer
LDS Church member and All-American outfielder Spencer Oborn has agreed to
contract terms with the Chicago White Sox organization and will pass up his
senior year with Cal State Fullerton this next season . Duane Shaffer, the
White Sox scouting director, said the team increased its signing offer to
Oborn based on his performance in the Alaska summer collegiate league.
Last season in his junior year at Cal State, Oborn, a transfer player from
Brigham Young, was selected the Big West Conference player of the year. For
the Titans, he hit .395 with 14 home runs and 82 runs batted in. This
summer, he led the Anchorage Bucks in hitting, batting .314.
During the summer he twice rejected offers from the Chicago White Sox
organization who drafted him in the 14th round. "I wanted to sign, but I
just didn't think the situation was right before now," Oborn said.
"We knew he was a pretty good hitter, but he had what was regarded as an
aluminum bat swing," Shaffer said. "There was some doubt about how well he
would hit with the wooden bat, but he made some improvements over the summer
hitting with wood, so we felt we could increase our bonus offer. We knew he
could run and throw, and if his bat comes around, he should have a good
chance to make it."
Oborn will be assigned to the instructional fall league in Tucson and then
next season to the White Sox' Class A team in Burlington, Iowa.