Three Former Owls Prepare For Professional Seasons

Powell, Roach and Kurtz prepare for independent league seasons

Greg Powell

Greg Powell

April 17, 2007

PHILADELPHIA - Three former Temple baseball players, Greg Powell, Al Roach and Chris Kurtz, are gearing up for their professional seasons that begin in May. Powell, who helped lead Temple to the 2001 Atlantic 10 Championship, is in his third season with the Atlantic League's Camden Riversharks after reaching as high as Triple AAA in the Houston Astros' organization. Roach is in his third year of professional baseball, having signed with the Macon Music of the South Coast League this spring. Kurtz recently signed with the Frontier League's Kalamazoo Kings and is preparing for his first season in professional baseball.

Powell was signed by the River City Rascals in 2001 and was quickly picked up by the Astros. He progressed all the way to Triple-AAA in 2004 before being signed by the Riversharks. In 2005, he led the team in wins (16), complete games (four) and shutouts (two) and posted a 4.31 ERA. Last year, he went 5-11 with a 3.22 ERA.

His best season in Cherry and White was in 2001, when he went 7-8 with a 4.37 ERA. He ranks second all-time in appearances (81), starts (42) and innings (312.2) and is fifth all-time in wins (22).

After graduating from Temple in 2004, Roach signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League. An injury cut his season short after just six games, but a year later, signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums in the Frontier League. He battled injuries again, batting .233 with 14 doubles, three homeruns and 39 RBI in 75 games.

As an Owl, Roach batted .385 as a senior with 16 doubles, seven home runs and 41 RBI in earning first team All-Atlantic 10 honors. He was a career .319 hitter with 17 home runs and 104 RBI.

Kurtz signed in March with Kalazmazoo, despite having his collegiate career cut short due to injury. The Richboro, PA native went 8-3 as a junior for the Owls but appeared in just 7.2 innings as a senior due to injury.

Seven Temple players have signed independent league contracts since 1999. Overall, 25 Owls have been drafted and 38 additional players have signed contracts with professional organizations.

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