Monday, June 29, 2015

Dustin Crenshaw - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Crenshaw is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2014-15 ABL season. Crenshaw had three years experience in American independent leagues before coming to the ABL, his most recent being with the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the American Association. In 2015 he has commenced playing with the St Paul Saints, also in the American Association.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Dustin Crenshaw card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sam Holland - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Brisbane born Holland is a member of the San Diego Padres organisation, having debuted with their Rookie level team in 2013, and spending 2014 with the Eugene Emeralds, the Padres low A level affiliate in the Northwest League. Holland made his ABL debut in the 2014-15 ABL season with his hometown Brisbane Bandits. I'm presuming the backpack he was carrying onto the ground in this shot had something to do with his status as a rookie on the Bandits team.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Sam Holland card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tony Vocca - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Vocca is an American import who played for the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. Vocca stated that he was recommended for the ABL by scouts for the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. He had previously taken a break during 2014 following a stint in "independent baseball in Phoenix" (couldn't find exact details about this) in 2013, following three years of University ball.  In 2015 he is playing with the Florence Freedom in the independent Frontier League.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Tony Vocca card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dae-Sung Koo (구대성) - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Old man Koo continues to rack up the years in baseball, marking his fifth season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2014-15 ABL season. He'll be turning 46 in August, so it'll be interesting to see if he saddles up again in 2015-16.

2014-15 Dae-Sung Koo card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

McKenzie Acker - 2014-15 Perth Heat

American born Acker played as an import for the Perth Heat during the 2014-15 ABL season. His only other semi-professional appearance was a handful of games for the Douglas Diablos in the independent Pecos League in 2014. Prioo to that he had been playing at university - firstly with the University of Washington (2012), before playing for Seattle University in early 2014 whilst studying his Master's degree.

Although his first name is McKenzie, it appears that he also goes by Mac.

2014-15 Perth Heat McKenzie (Mac) Acker card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, June 15, 2015

Matt Wilson - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

South Australian born Wilson made the move from the Canberra Cavalry, where he made his ABL debut, pitching two innings in the 2013-14 ABL season, across to the Melbourne Aces for the 2014-15 ABL season. He didn't have the best of seasons - compiling a 1-6 Win/Loss record, but he did at least break the "2 game" hoodoo, playing in 19 games. Not the best picture of him either - he always seems to be making weird faces when I get shots of him ... at least the photo captures his helmet juggling skills ...

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Matt Wilson card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, June 12, 2015

Gabriel Hernandez - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Gabriel (aka Gaby AKA Gabe) Hernandez is an American import with played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2014-15 ABL season. Hernandez came with a lot of experience having played nine seasons (2004-2012) of affiliated baseball with six different MLB organisations, as well as three years with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2012-2014) in the independent Atlantic League and two seasons in the Puerto Rican Winter League with the Gigantes de Carolina. In 2015 he is once again suiting up with the Blue Crabs.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Gabriel Hernandez card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Justin Erasmus - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Following his move from the Bandits to the Aces for the 2013-14 ABL season, Erasmus returned to the Bandits for the 2014-15 ABL season. I was in two minds about what flag to put on Erasmus' card. He was born in South Africa, but raised in Brisbane. You'd automatically put him down as an Aussie then. He has however represented both Australia and South Africa in baseball. In 2014 he also played independent ball in the USA, playing for both the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League and the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in the American Association.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Justin Erasmus card front - ©2015 Adam East


Monday, June 8, 2015

Matthew Williams - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Williams returned to the Adelaide Bite for the 2014-15 ABL season, his second with the Bite and fifth in the league. He was a workhorse for the Bite, starting in 11 of their games and providing relief in another 8.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Matt Williams card front ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Matt Williams alternate card front ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Matt Williams alternate card front ©2015 Adam East

Monday, June 1, 2015

Vaughan Harris - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Harris returned to the Sydney Blue Sox for his fifth ABL season in 2014-15. Unfortunately for him, it was the worst of his ABL seasons to date - compiling a-3 record and an ERA of 11.70 from only six games pitched.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Vaughan Harris card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, May 29, 2015

Rene Tosoni - 2014-15 Perth Heat

Canadian born Tosoni is a former MLB player who spent time playing as an import for the Perth Heat during the 2014-15 ABL season. Tosoni played 60 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2011, as well a spending six years in their farm system between 2007 and 2012. He then spent a year in the minors with the Milwaukee Brewers before heading out to the independent leagues. Prior to coming Down Under he spent time in 2014 with both the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association and the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. In 2015 he's returned back to the Sioux City Explorers.

2014-15 Perth Heat Rene Tosoni card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Al Yevoli - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

I had issues identifying a number of Melbourne players due to players not being in uniform. I've been told that this is Al Yevoli. Yevoli is an American import who played with the Aces during the 2014-15 ABL season. He had previously spent three seasons playing independent ball, spending 2014 playing for the Washington WildThings in the Frontier League. In 2015 he has started with the Wichita Wingnuts in the independent American Association.

Yevoli only pitched 9 innings for the Aces, with this being the closest I got to a photo of him in an Aces uniform.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Al Yevoli card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sean Toler - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

American import Toler returned for his third season with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2014-15ABL season. In 2014 Toler split time between the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and Camden Riversharks in the independent Atlantic League.

Toler had been contemplating retiring at the end of the 2014 season, before deciding to come back Down Under for 2014-15 for one last shot at being noticed by the affiliated scouts. unfortunately, he appeared to struggle with less game time than the previous two seasons and a blow out ERA which might mean the end of "Toler Time" at the Cavalry.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Sean Toler card front - ©2015 Adam East

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