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White Sox Finally Make Offer Oborn Accepts

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.

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