Monday, October 20, 2014

2014-15 Australian Baseball League - MLB Prospects and Imports - Update 2

Further updates to the list of imports coming Down Under for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season. Pretty sure all of the affiliated players are locked in, and it's mainly just independent players being added to finalise rosters. Main exception is the Perth Heat - I haven't seen any roster information for the Heat yet. I have added the names of 3 imports that I identified as Heat players in a pre-season game, so I'm assuming that they're on the roster for the season. This included Joey Wong, an import who played for Perth last season as well.

New additions since the last post are in red. Details of 11 imports added since last update.

Below is a summary of information about the import players I know so far coming to Australia for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season. I'll post updated versions of this list as roster announcements are finalised over the coming weeks.



Adelaide Bite
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Houston Astros: Tyler Brunnemann P (2014: A/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Kyle Hooper P (2014: A)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Aaron Miller RF (2014: A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Craig Stem P (2014: A+/AA)
  • San Diego Padres: Rocky Gale C (2014: AAA)
  • Seattle Mariners: Will Mathis P (2014: A+)
  • Seattle Mariners: Troy Scott P (2014: Rk/A-)
Independent import players
  • Morgan Coombs P (2014: Ind - American Association)
  • Colin Feldtman P  (2014: Collegiate - University of Portland)
  • Craig Maddox 1B/C (2014: American association)
  • Tony Vocca P (2014: Collegiate - University of Minnesota)


Brisbane Bandits
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Tommy Coyle 2B (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Field CF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Granden Goetzman LF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Maxx Tissenbaum C (2014:

Canberra Cavalry
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Detroit Tigers: Marcus Lemon SS (2014: AA/AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Mitch Walding 3B (2014: A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Anthony Alford OF (2014: Rk/A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: LB Dantzler 1B (2014: A/A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Christian Lopes 2B (2014: A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Jack Murphy C (2014: AA/AAA)
Independent import players
  • Jake Brown P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Dustin Crenshaw P (2014: Ind - American Association)
  • Brian Grening P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Gaby Hernandez P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Ian Marshall P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)

Melbourne Aces: 
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Chicago White Sox: Terance Marin P (2014: A+/AA)
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Kyle Heckathorn P (2014: AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Dylan Cozens OF (2014:A)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Chace Numata C (2014: Rk)
  • Texas Rangers: Cody Buckel P (2014: A+)
  • Texas Rangers: Kellin Deglan C (2014: A/A+)

Perth Heat
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Baltimore Orioles: Steel Russell C (2014: A+)
  • Colorado Rockies: Joey Wong SS (2014: AA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Brian Pointer OF (2014: A+)
Independent import players
  • TBA

Sydney Blue Sox: 
MLB Affiliated import players:
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Bortnick SS/2B/3B (2014: AAA)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Alex Glenn OF (2014:A+)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Markus Solbach P (2014: Rk/A-/A)
  • Colorado Rockies: Will Swanner 1B/DH (2014: A+/AA)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Base 2014-15 Concept Card Designs - Take 2

Developing my original theme, I removed out the team wording to just leave the team logo, and changed the position to the player name. I figured that I wanted to still include the player's position and uniform number, and struck on the idea of using "stubs" on the side of the design.


2014-15 Base design concept card version 4a - © 2014 Adam East
 
2014-15 Base design concept card version 4b - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4c - © 2014 Adam East
I'm still not thoroughly sold on the colored border though. The Blue Sox cards with that border look like the back of a bad early 80's Fleer card.

Back of a 1982 Fleer card
 Here are the same cards with white borders for comparison

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4d - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4e - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 4f - © 2014 Adam East

Monday, October 13, 2014

2014-15 Australian Baseball League - MLB Prospects and Imports - Update 1

It's a week since I first posted the list of known Affiliated imports coming Down Under for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season. New additions since the last post are in red. Details of 10 imports added since last update.

Below is a summary of information about the import players I know so far coming to Australia for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season. I'll post updated versions of this list as roster announcements are finalised over the coming weeks.



Adelaide Bite
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Houston Astros: Tyler Brunnemann P (2014: A/A+)
  • Houston Astros: Chan Jong Moon SS (2014: A/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Brandon Dixon 2B (2014: Rk/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Kyle Hooper (2014: A)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Aaron Miller RF (2014: A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Craig Stem (2014: A+/AA)
  • Seattle Mariners: Will Mathis P (2014: A+)
  • Seattle Mariners: Troy Scott P (2014: Rk/A-)


Brisbane Bandits
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Tommy Coyle 2B (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Field CF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Granden Goetzman LF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Maxx Tissenbaum C (2014:

Canberra Cavalry
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Detroit Tigers: Marcus Lemon SS (2014: AA/AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Mitch Walding 3B (2014: A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Anthony Alford OF (2014: Rk/A)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: LB Dantzler 1B (2014: A/A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Christian Lopes 2B (2014: A+)
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Jack Murphy C (2014: AA/AAA)
Independent import players
  • Jake Brown P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)
  • Brian Grening P (2014: Ind - Atlantic League)

Melbourne Aces: 
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Chicago White Sox: Terance Marin P (2014: A+/AA)
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Kyle Heckathorn P (2014: AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Dylan Cozens OF (2014:A)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Chace Numata C (2014: Rk)
  • Texas Rangers: Cody Buckel P (2014: A+)
  • Texas Rangers: Kellin Deglan C (2014: A/A+)

Perth Heat
MLB Affiliated import players
  • TBA
Independent import players
  • TBA

Sydney Blue Sox: 
MLB Affiliated import players:
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Bortnick SS/2B/3B (2014: AAA)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Alex Glenn OF (2014:A+)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Markus Solbach P (2014: Rk/A-/A)
  • Colorado Rockies: Will Swanner 1B/DH (2014: A+/AA)

Friday, October 10, 2014

2013-14 ABL Set - First Batch to the Printers

Well, I've forced myself to finally get off my butt and work on the card backs for my 2013-14 ABL card designs over the last 5-6 weeks. I've completed 108 designs so far, which is enough cards to make it economical to send to the printers. That's over half of my designs for last season finished, covering all of my designs for the Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne players, plus a couple of Perth Players thrown in for good measure.


Looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Base 2014-15 Concept Card Designs

With the season less than a month away, I'm only just starting to look at designs for my 2014-15 ABL set. This is my very first take on the base card design. As always, it'll go through a lot of iterations, but in the absence of other cards to show you, I thought I'd put up my starting designs..

So, some thoughts on designs for this year's set are as follows.

  • No designs requiring complex masking. As much as the 2012-13 set with the "lightning" backgrounds were novel , the masking of the players in my photos to get rid of the backgrounds was a tedious and time consuming process.
  • Rounded edges. Noting that my recent sets have been printed with rounded edges, I thought I'd try and incorporate the rounded edges into the design for a better feel between the design and printed outcome.
  • Border. Full bleed for the majority of the card design last year, I'm thinking of going back to bordered cards this year. My initial thoughts were a basic white border, but now thinking of different colored borders based around the uniform color for each player.

2014-15 Base design concept card version 1 - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 2 - © 2014 Adam East

2014-15 Base design concept card version 3 - © 2014 Adam East

The above are my first attempts. The bottom of the card was taken from the "Flashbacks" concept card designs I'd grabbed from an online tutorial. I'm working out how I want to modify this for several reasons.
  • I don't like how the team logo goes onto the player photo - too messy in my opinion. eg The Cavalry logo gets lost in Hightower's glove in the above cards. Probably will put some type of shield behind the logo to create a distinction between the two. 
  • Player name. Working out how to incorporate the player name into the card. Thinking of shortening the team name to just the city, and replacing the full player position with the player name.I'll have to play around and see what looks better.
As always, any constructive feedback is welcome.

Monday, October 6, 2014

2014-15 Australian Baseball League - MLB Prospects and Imports

The opening game of the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League is on the 30th October. It's time to start looking at the details of the imports coming from the MLB organisations and elsewhere to play Down Under in 2014-15. Below is a summary of information about the import players I know so far coming to Australia for the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season. I'll post updated versions of this list as roster announcements are finalised over the coming weeks.



Adelaide Bite
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Houston Astros: Tyler Brunnemann P (2014: A/A+)
  • Houston Astros: Chan Jong Moon SS (2014: A/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Brandon Dixon 2B (2014: Rk/A+)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Aaron Miller RF (2014: A+)
  • Seattle Mariners: Will Mathis P (2014: A+)
  • Seattle Mariners: Troy Scott P (2014: Rk/A-)


Brisbane Bandits
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Tommy Coyle 2B (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Field CF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Granden Goetzman LF (2014:
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Maxx Tissenbaum C (2014:

Canberra Cavalry
MLB Affiliated import players
  • TBA
Independent import players
  • TBA

Melbourne Aces: 
MLB Affiliated import players
  • Chicago White Sox: Terance Marin P (2014: A+/AA)
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Kyle Heckathorn P (2014: AAA)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Dylan Cozens OF (2014:A)
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Chace Numata C (2014: Rk)
  • Texas Rangers: Cody Buckel P (2014: A+)
  • Texas Rangers: Kellin Deglan C (2014: A/A+)

Perth Heat
MLB Affiliated import players
  • TBA
Independent import players
  • TBA

Sydney Blue Sox: 
MLB Affiliated import players:
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Bortnick SS/2B/3B (2014: AAA)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Alex Glenn OF (2014:A+)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Markus Solbach P (2014: Rk/A-/A)
  • Colorado Rockies: Will Swanner 1B/DH (2014: A+/AA)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Jacob May - 2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox - Redux

I had already made a card for May, one of Sydney's American imports for the 2013-14 ABL season. However, that card featured him in the grey away uniform and  I was able to subsequently get some shots of him in the Blue Sox' light blue home uniform later in the season.

This card represents the last of my 2013-14 ABL card designs. I'm working on the card backs, so that I can get my set printed up for myself. The start of the 2014-15 ABL season is only 4 weeks away, so the blog entries over the next couple of weeks will talk about the roster moves for 2014-15, especially the imports coming to Australia, and card concepts for the coming season's card set.

2013-14 Sydney Blue Sox Jacob May alternate card front - © 2014 Adam East

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Scott Mitchinson - 2013-14 Perth Heat


Perth local Mitchinson returned to the Perth Heat for the 2013-14 ABL season, his second in the league.


2013-14 Perth Heat Scott Mitchinson card front - © 2014 Adam East

Monday, September 29, 2014

Justin Huber - Melbourne Aces 2013-14

Aussie former MLBer Huber returned to his hometown Aces for his fourth straight ABL season in 2013-14.



2013-14 Melbourne Aces Justin Huber card front - © 2013 Adam East

Friday, September 26, 2014

Steven Chambers - 2013-14 Canberra Cavalry

Chambers made the bold decision mid-season to move from the Brisbane Bandits, down to the Canberra Cavalry. The Cavalry had come under constant criticism from some areas about having too many Americans on their roster following injuries to several key Aussie players. Their response was to recruit several Aussie ABL players who would consider making a long term move to Canberra, with Chambers being one, along with Aaron Thompson, also from Brisbane, and Matt Wilson from Melbourne. Now, having said all that, with the chnages to the player rules over the off-season, Chambers has been released by the Cavalry so that he can rejoin the Bandits roster for 2014-15.

So, this is my second 2013-14 ABL season card for Chambers, with the first one featuring him as a Bandits player from earlier in the season.

2013-14 Canberra Cavalry Steven Chambers

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mitch Evans - 2013-14 Brisbane Bandits

Evans is an Aussie who spent three seasons in the New York Yankees farm system between 1999 and 2001. He eventually relocated to the UK and played in Europe and Great Britain, eventually becoming the first base coach for the British national team during the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers.

He has also been coaching junior players in Queensland. I'm presuming that it was following on from the coaching stint that he was added to the Brisbane Bandits playing roster for the 2013-14 ABL season, his first ever stint in the ABL at the spritely age of 32.

2013-14 Brisbane Bandits Mitch Evans card front - © 2013 Adam East

Monday, September 22, 2014

Matt Wickswat - 2013-14 Adelaide Bite

Wickswat is an American import who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2013-14 ABL season. Wickswat had previously played in the Chicago White Sox farm system for 5 years between 2008 and 2012 before being released. In 2013 he played for Windy City Thunderbolts in the independent Frontier League. In 2014 he played for the Sioux Falls Canaries in the independent American Association.

Reasonably happy with how this photo turned out, noting that it's one of the few salvageable night time shots of a relief pitcher I managed all year. Having said that, I've accidentally mispelt his surname on the card - his surname should end with a single letter t, not two. I have corrected the design in the final version of the card.

2013-14 Adelaide Bite Matt Wickswat card front - © 2014 Adam East


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