Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Travis Witherspoon - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Witherspoon is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. He arrived half way through the season, replacing former Major Leaguer Ryan Kalish who was released to play in Puerto Rico. Witherspoon spent eight seasons in the minor leagues, primarily with the LA Angels, but also had stints with the Seattle Mariners' and LA Dodgers' farm systems. In 2017 he played with the York Revolution in the independent Atlantic League, alongside Cavalry team mates Michael Click and Frank Gailey. He returned to the Revolution in 2018 following his Canberra cameo.


2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Travis Witherspoon card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Kenshi Sugiya (杉谷 拳士) - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

Sugiya is a Japanese import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season. Sugiya is a veteran of Japan's NPB, having been playing with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters since 2011.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Kenshi Sugiya card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, May 14, 2018

Matt Williams - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

The one thing I lament about Williams' move from Sydney to Adelaide a number of seasons ago is that I never seem to be able to get good shots of him since he's been at Adelaide, whereas he was one of my more "photogenic" players at Sydney. Oh well, such is life. The 2017-18 ABL season was Williams' eight in the league and his fifth with the Bite.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Matt Williams card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, May 11, 2018

Jacob Younis - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

At the age of 25 Younis is already an ABL and Blue Sox veteran. Maintaining his place on the Sydney roster for the 2017-18 ABL season, Younis has now had eight years in the ABL with Sydney, and could potentially be around for years to come..

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Jacob Younis card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Jacob Younis alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cameron Lamb - 2017-18 Perth Heat

Perth veteran of eight seasons and local player Lamb had an effective season with the Heat during the 2017-18 ABL season, winning the Reliever of the Year Award

2017-18 Perth Heat Cameron Lamb card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, May 7, 2018

Tyler Neslony - 2017-18 Melbourne Aces

Neslony was an American import from the Atlanta Braves organisation who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2017-18 ABL season. Neslony had played with both the Florida Fire Frogs and the Mississippi Braves in 2017, returning to the Double A level Mississippi Braves in 2018.

2017-18 Melbourne Aces Tyler Neslony card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dave Kandilas - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

The move from Sydney to Canberra the previous season was obviously a positive for the Kandi-man as his seventh ABL season in 2017-18 - his second with Canberra - proved to be his most productive ABL season to date as he became a major offensive cog for Canberra.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry David Kandilas card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry David Kandilas alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Zac Treece - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

American import Treece returned for his second season in the ABL and with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season. He spent 2017 playing with the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League and then the rival York Revolution so far in 2018.


2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Zac Treece card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Zac Treece alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ryo Koura - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

Koura is a Japanese import who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2017-18 ABL season. Koura was playing as an import with local South Australian baseball club Glenelg before being signed to the Bite. Back in Japan he was playing for Honda Motors in the Japanese Industrial League.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Ryo Koura card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, April 27, 2018

Chih-Hsien Chiang (蔣智賢) - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

Chiang is a Taiwanese import who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2017-18 ABL season. Chiang was a fellow Chinatrust Brothers team mate of Chih-Sheng Lin who were both released from the CPBL club in November 2017 in reaction to controversies including allegations of corrupt behavior. Whilst Lin ended up at the Brisbane Bandits, Chiang wound up on the Blue Sox roster as both sought redemption whilst still playing competitive baseball. His ABL stint was presumably successful in keeping up his profile, with Chiang signing with rival CPBL club, the Fubon Guardians, after the ABL season.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Chih Hsien Chiang card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Zacrey Law - 2017-18 Perth Heat

Zac Law is an American import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Perth Heat during the 2017-18 ABL season. Law spent 2017 playing for the low A level Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York Pennsylvania League. Law went home part way during the season to get married ... that's an unusual reason to end up cutting your season short.

2017-18 Perth Heat Zacrey Law card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, April 23, 2018

Matt Marksberry - 2017-18 Melbourne Aces

Marksberry is a former MLB player and American import who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2017-18 ABL season. Marksberry had pitched in 35 games for the Atlanta Braves between 2015 and 2016. According to the ABL website "At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Marksberry was placed in a medically induced coma after suffering seizures and a collapsed lung during a non-baseball related medical procedure." He was subsequently released by the Braves in March 2017, with his season in the ABL an attempt to get a step back into the visibility of MLB organisations.

2017-18 Melbourne aces Matt Marksberry card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, April 20, 2018

Buddy Reed - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Reed is an American import from the San Diego Padres organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. Reed spent 2017 playing the single A level Fort Wayne TinCaps and has started 2018 with the Lake Elsinore Storm..

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Buddy Reed alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Buddy Reed card front - ©2018 Adam East



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ryan Searle - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

One of Brisbane's pitching veterans, Searle returned to the Brisbane Bandits for the 2017-18 ABL season, marking his eighth season in the league and with the Bandits.

I didn't have a card for Searle last season, so I missed commenting about his 2016 stints with Unipol Bologna in the Italian Baseball League and with Tibuones de la Guaira of the Venezuelan Winter League.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Ryan Searle card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, April 16, 2018

Isaias Quiroz - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

Quiroz is an American import from the Texas Rangers organisation who played with the Adelaide bite during the 2017-18 ABL season. He spent 2017 playing for the low A level Spokane Indians and the single A level Hickory Crawdads in the Rangers' farm system.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Isaias Quiroz card front - ©2018 Adam East