Friday, September 19, 2014

Connor Whalen - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox - Redux

This is a redux of my original 2013-14 Connor Whalen card with him in the Blue Sox' powder blue home uniform. Having said that, the away uniform shot I have of him is an action one, whereas this is only a dugout shot.

Whalen returned to the Lake Erie Crushers in the Independent Frontier League in 2014 despite his ABL All Star season with the Blue Sox in 2013-14.


2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Connor Whalen card front - © 2014 Adam East

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Matt Kennelly - 2013-14 Perth Heat


Aussie Matt Kennelly spent the 2014 season with the Mississippi Braves, Atlanta's AA affiliate in the Southern League. He spent the 2013-14 ABL season with his home town Perth Heat, his fourth season with them.



2013-14 Perth Heat Matt Kennelly card front - © 2013 Adam East

Monday, September 15, 2014

Trevor Holder - 2013-14 Melbourne Aces


Holder is an American import who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2013-14 ABL season. He spent 5 seasons in the Washington Nationals farm system between 2009 and 2013, before being released, spending the rest of 2013 with the San Diego Padres High A level team, the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League. From what I can tell, he's ended up in the Czech Republic in 2014.

You can tell I'm getting towards the end of my cards for last season as there are a few cards where the images are less than ideal. This is the best shot I had of Holder, and as much as fist bumps are cool, the image itself isn't the best of him.


2013-14 Melbourne Aces Trevor Holder card front - © 2013 Adam East

Friday, September 12, 2014

Eric Massingham - 2013-14 Canberra Cavalry

American import Massingham returned for his second season with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2013-14 ABL season. During 2013 he played for the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. He returned to Evansville in 2014 for a short stint before moving on to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League. There he joined fellow Cavalry alumni Brian Grening and Sean Toler, and ABL alumni Alan de San Miguel, Brian Baker (both of the Perth Heat) and Mickey Jannis from the Brisbane Bandits.

I realised too late that this photo that I had from early in the season had Massingham in the wrong numbered uniform. He usually wears 33, but had 36 on for the first couple of games. Having grabbed a photo of him early season, I hadn't bothered trying to capture many later photos of him during the season.

2013-14 Canberra Cavalry Eric Massingham card front - © 2013 Adam East

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rhys Niit - 2013-14 Brisbane Bandits

Niit played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2013-14 ABL season. This was his third in the ABL and with the Bandits. He ended up being used far more widely in relied last season than in his first two seasons with the club.

Lots of caps being put on in this photo :)


2013-14 Brisbane Bandits Rhys Niit card front - © 2013 Adam East

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jeremy Cresswell - 2013-14 Adelaide Bite

Cresswell looks sad in this photo - maybe it's because I couldn't get a better photo of him for my 2013-14 baseball card designs. The 2013-14 ABL season was Cresswell's fourth with the Adelaide Bite and in the BAL.


2013-14 Adelaide Bite Jeremy Cresswell card front - © 2014 Adam East

Friday, September 5, 2014

Luke Wilkins - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox


Wilkins returned to the Sydney Blue Sox for the 2013-14 ABL season - his third with the Blue Sox and fourth in the ABL. He had probably his best season to date, taking on the role of a secondary closer behind team mate Dae-Sung Koo, pitching in more games than in his three previous seasons combined.


2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Luke Wilkins card front - © 2014 Adam East

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Warwick Saupold - 2013-14 Perth Heat

Perth pitcher Saupold returned for his fourth season with the Heat during the 2013-14 ABL season. He did however have a change in role from starting pitcher to acting in relief. In 2014, Saupold is playing for the Erie SeaWolves, the Detroit Tigers AA affiliate in the Eastern League.

I struggled to get a decent shot of Saupold, and wasn't sure which one to go with - the "distracting team-mate's head shadow on the chest", or the "in the dugout getting a drink" look.

2013-14 Perth Heat Warwick Saupold card front - © 2014 Adam East

2013-14 Perth Heat Warwick Saupold alternate card front - © 2014 Adam East

Monday, September 1, 2014

Matt Wilson - 2013-14 Canberra Cavalry

Two games. That seems to be the unlucky number for Wilson. From what I can gather, Wilson was born in SA, but played  junior baseball in Victoria, resulting in a MLBAAP scholarship. He was signed in 2012 as an 18 year old by the Baltimore Orioles, and headed over to the Orioles rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. There he played in only two games before being released.

It appears that he was subsequently picked up by the Canberra Cavalry for the 2013-14 ABL season. However, once again, his ABL career to date consisted of just two games of single inning relief pitching for the Cavalry. Being such a young player, let's hope he develops and is around for more than just that two game ABL season.


2013-14 Canberra Cavalry Matt Wilson card front - © 2014 Adam East

Friday, August 29, 2014

Goose - 2013-14 Melbourne Aces

I had originally made this card up as "Maverick" - the Melbourne Aces mascot - however when getting ready to post this entry I realised that Maverick has a blue uniform. The Aces had been advertising the introduction of "Maverick's secret friend" before their 2013-14 opening home series, and this second mascot "Goose" appeared to be that friend. Having said that, poor old Goose doesn't seem to get much promotion to rival Maverick - I can hardly find anything about him on the Aces' website. Given what happened to Goose in Top Gun, maybe they're giving Goose the Mascot a deliberate low profile.


2013-14 Melbourne Aces Goose card front - © 2013 Adam East

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sarge - 2013-14 Canberra Cavalry

I thought I'd throw in my several mascot photos into this year's set. Not much to say except that first up is Sarge, the mustachioed, slouch hat wearing mascot of the Canberra Cavalry.

2013-14 Canberra Cavalry Sarge card front - © 2013 Adam East

Monday, August 25, 2014

Patrick Leonard - 2013-14 Brisbane Bandits

Leonard is an American import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Brisbane Bandits in the 2013-14 ABL season. He spent 2013 playing for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the single A Midwest League. In 2014 he is playing with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the high A level Florida League.

2013-14 Brisbane Bandits Patrick Leonard card front - © 2013 Adam East

Friday, August 22, 2014

Todd Grattan - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox


Grattan returned for his third season playing with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2013-14 ABL season. Once again, he was used sparingly though, pitching only 5.2 innings across 4 games across the season.


2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Todd Grattan card front - ©2014 Adam East

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Campbell Wiggins - 2013-14 Melbourne Aces

Wiggins is a local Melbourne player who made his ABL debut with the Melbourne Aces during the 2013-14 ABL season. His debut consisted of pitching a single scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Despite the positive start, that debut was his only game throughout the season.

2013-14 Melbourne Aces Campbell Wiggins card front - © 2013 Adam East

Monday, August 18, 2014

Joe Sclafani - 2013-14 Adelaide Bite

Sclafani is an American import from the Houston Astros organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2013-14 ABL season. In 2013 he spent most of his time with the Astros high A affiliate in the California League, the Lancaster JetHawks. In 2014 he has split time between the Corpus Christi Hooks in the AA level Texas League, and the dizzying heights of the Oklahoma City RedHawks in the AAA level Pacific Coast League.

I had two shots of Sclafani I couldn't decide between, so here are the two card fronts - one from a game against the Melbourne Aces, and the other from a game against the Canberra Cavalry.


2013-14 Adelaide Bite Joe Sclafani card front - © 2013 Adam East

2013-14 Adelaide Bite Joe Sclafani alternate card front - © 2014 Adam East