Oquendo signs with Angels

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One of Lamar’s standout bullpen players who wasn’t drafted this past week has signed a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The franchise announced Tuesday that Enrique Oquendo has signed. The now-LU alumnus from Euless finished with a 2.93 earned-run average and made three saves in 2016, while only allowing 15 earned runs in 46 career innings.

Oquendo also struck out 39 in 31 1/3 innings with a 2.30 ERA. His inning count was the third-highest in the LU bullpen this season, and he also made one start.

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Oquendo earned the save against LSU in February, pitching a perfect ninth inning and ending it with a strikeout. He struck out two in the ninth to beat Texas as well.

Two Lamar players were drafted on Saturday, along with Carter Henry of Port Neches-Groves. Ace Will Hibbs is expected to sign Wednesday with the Philadelphia Phillies, who drafted him in the 19th round, and is on his way to report to the franchise in Florida.

The Houston Astros drafted shortstop Stijn van der Meer in the 34th round. Henry said he will honor his commitment to the University of Houston.

— I.C. Murrell

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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