Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jeff Lorick - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Lorick is an American import from the Chicago Cubs organisation who played with the Brisbane bandits during the 2014-15 ABL season. Lorick spent 2014 playing for the Tennessee Smokies in the Double A level Southern League.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Jeff Lorick card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, May 18, 2015

Darren Fidge - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

South Australian veteran Fidge returned for his fifth season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. Fidge turned forty during the ABL season, making him the oldest Aussie in the league (with the second placed Wayne Ough being a spritely 36.). The only older ABL player is old man Dae-Sung Koo who turned 45 before the start of last season.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Darren Fidge card front - ©2015 Adam East



Friday, May 15, 2015

Wayne Lundgren - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Sydneysider Lundgren returned for his fifth season with the Blue Sox during the 2014-15 ABL season. In those five years I don't think I've ever managed to capture a photo of him smiling. Maybe he's smiling on the inside.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Wayne Lundgren card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sam Kennelly - 2014-15 Perth Heat

The youngest of the four Kennelly brothers returned to the Perth Heat for his third ABL season in 2014-15. In 2014 he played his first season in affiliated ball, playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League.

2014-15 Perth Heat Sam Kennelly card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, May 11, 2015

Kentaro Fukukura (福倉 健太郎) - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

Fukukura is a Japanese rookie import from the Seibu Lions organisation who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2014-15 ABL season. Fukukura was drafted by the Lions in 2013 but has yet to make his NPB debut.

The second image looks like he's showing me a pitching grip. He was in fact unexpectedly doing deuces for me, but I wasn't actually aiming the camera at him at the time. When I realised what he was doing I moved to geta  focus on him and unfortunately I only caught the end of it.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Kentaro Fukukura card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Kentaro Fukukura alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Australian Baseball League 2015-16 Schedule

The Australian Baseball league has released its schedule for the 2015-16 ABL season. The main change is the addition of an additional home series for each team, extending the length of the season. This has been catered for by bringing the start of the season forward by a week, and the elimination of the byes for teams over two rounds that historically catered for the Asia Championship Series  (The ASC wasn't held last year and appears to be permanently on hiatus - I guess the Asian powerhouses didn't like embarrassment of the Cavs win in 2013.)

ABL 2015-15 Schedule from the ABL website - click for larger view
No details yet on the number of games or the specific game breakdown yet, but I'm not holding my breath in the hope of more double header games.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Steve Kent - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Canberran born Kent returned to the playing field with the Cavalry in 2014-15 after being on the sidelines  for the previous 14 months due to Tommy John surgery. He was used sparingly over the last month of the season to try and ease him back into ABL play.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Steve Kent card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Johnny Field - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

A member of the Tampa Bay Rays organisation, Field is an aptronymically named American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2014-15 ABL season. In 2014, Field played at Single and Advanced A level with the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Charlotte Stone Crabs respectively. He has started the 2015 season at the Double AA level Montgomery Biscuits.


2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Johnny Field card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Johnny Field alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tyler Brunnemann - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

An American import from the Houston Astros, Brunnemann played for the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. In 2014 he played for the Quad Cities River Bandits and Lancaster JetHawks, the Astros Single A and High A level affiliates. In 2015 he's continued on playing with Lancaster.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Tyler Brunnemann card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Tyler Brunnemann alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, May 1, 2015

Todd Grattan - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Sydney born Grattan returned to the Sydney Blue Sox for his fourth ABL season 2014-15. Grattan was used for shorter periods of relief by the Blue Sox this season resulting in him being used in more games than in previous years.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Todd Grattan card front - ©2015 Adam East
2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Todd Grattan alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Joey Wong - 2014-15 Perth Heat

The Colorado Rockies sent American player Wong back to the Perth Heat for his second season in the ABL during 2014-15. In 2014 Wong played for the Double A level Tulsa Drillers, and has started 2015 with the Triple A level Albuquerque Isotopes.

2014-15 Perth Heat Joey Wong card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jared Cruz - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

Victorian youngster Cruz appeared for his second ABL season with the Melbourne Aces in 2014-15. In 2014 he played Rookie level ball for the Atlanta Braves in the Gulf Coast League. He was apparently traded to the Astros last September. He hasn't yet appeared in the minors in 2015.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Jared Cruz card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Aaron Cheng - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Cheng is the second of two Chinese players to play for the Cavalry in the 2014-15 ABL season, Like fellow countryman Huang, Cheng came from the China Baseball Academy run by MLB International in Wuxi, China.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Aaron Cheng card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, April 20, 2015

Greg Hendrix - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Hendrix is an American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2014-15 ABL season. He was drafted by the LA Dodgers, but didn't end up playing in the minors, instead,playing three seasons of independent ball. He was in the Frontier League in 2011 and 2012, and the Freedom Pro Baseball League in 2013.

He's been a bit of a journeyman outside of the US as well, representing Great Britain in the 2012 European Championship and the 2013 qualifiers for the European Championship and World Baseball Classic. In 2014 he played with the HSV Stealers in the German Baseball-Bundesliga. He had previously played for the local Windsor Royals club in Brisbane back in 2012-13 as well, which is where the Brisbane hierarchy would have first been exposed to his pitching.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Greg Hendrix card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Greg Hendrix alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

William (Will) Thorp - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Canadian born Thorp played as an import for the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. Thorp had previously played for the Lewis-Clark State University in Idaho. He's listed as being at the college between 2012 and 2014, but only appears to have gotten games during his first two years. In 2015 he has signed to play with the Dornbirn Indians in the Austrian Baseball league.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Will Thorp card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Will Thorp alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Will Thorp alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East