Birmingham captured the first-half South Division title with a 40-30 win-loss mark and is off to a 4-2 start in the second half.
Oester immediately was put into the Barons’ starting lineup and hit a double in three official at-bats as well as a seventh-inning sacrifice fly that proved to be the game-winner in Birmingham’s 7-3 victory at Jacksonville.
In 38 games this season at Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League, Oester registered a .252 batting average with 10 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, one home run and 17 RBI.
Oester was invited to spring training by the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and played the entire year with Kannapolis of the Class A South Atlantic League.
As a Rocket, he started 194 of 201 games in his UT career and finished fifth in school history in walks (85) and seventh in runs scored (129). A 2009 co-captain, Oester played a key role in helping the Rockets advance to the finals of the 2009 Mid-American Conference Tournament for the second time in school history.
Oester’s father, Ron, played professional baseball 13 years for the Cincinnati Reds.