Cale Coshow is headed where no Oklahoma Christian baseball alumnus ever has been – to Double-A.
The New York Yankees promoted Coshow on Saturday from the Class A Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League to the Class AA Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League, the second time this season the 6-foot-5 right-hander – who starred for OC in 2013 – has advanced a level in the Yankees’ minor-league system.
Now he’s just two steps from the major leagues, at a level where prospects sometimes get called up to the bigs on a moment’s notice.
“I’m just blessed I’ve been given this opportunity,” Coshow said. “I certainly know Who’s plan this is for my life. God, family and baseball are what my life is about. I just hope to make my fellow OCers proud.
“I’m definitely not satisfied because I’m always striving for that next level. I’m striving to be OC’s first major leaguer. I am proud to call myself an Oklahoma Christian Eagle. I certainly have been blessed with my time at such a great school.”
It’s been quite the summer for the 23-year-old Coshow. He began the season in mid-level Class A with the Charleston RiverDogs, with the goal of reaching Double-A by season’s end.
With Charleston, he was a closer, going 7-for-7 in save opportunities and recording a 1.13 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. When he was promoted to advanced Class A Tampa in mid-May, he ranked second in the South Atlantic League in saves.
In Tampa, he earned a shot at becoming a starter, and he again excelled. He made 16 appearances for Tampa, nine of them starts, and went 7-2 with a save and a 2.23 ERA, along with 56 strikeouts (and only 11 walks) in 64 2/3 innings.
OC has had only eight players drafted in the history of the program. Only three of those besides Coshow made it as far as advanced Class A – Edwin Maldonado, Nick Aiello and Coshow’s former OC teammate, Chris Burgess, who did so in early 2014 before retiring from baseball.
“I’m so proud of Cale,” OC coach Lonny Cobble said. “He faced some early adversity and worked that much harder and stuck with it and it’s paying off. He is a great representative of OC and the baseball program.”