Friday, February 22, 2019

Sam Holland - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

The 2017-18 ABL season was local player Holland's fourth season with the Brisbane Bandits. Holland spent 2017 playing for the Inland Empire 66ers, the LA Angels affiliate in the Advanced A level California League. Unfortunately for Holland he became a free agent at the end of the 2017 northern summer and it appears that he wasn't picked by another organisation for 2018.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Sam Holland card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Liam Sherer - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Sherer is a local developmental junior who made his ABL debut with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. He spent his time playing in the Canberra competition as a position player, and is listed as a Shortstop on the ABL website but his debut ABL season game time consisted of a single inning pitched in a single game.


2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Liam Sherer card front - ©2018 Adam East

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Liam Sherer alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, February 18, 2019

Mitchell Skinner - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

Skinner is a local youngster who debuted with the Sydney Blue Sox, playing two games during the 2017-18 ABL season. Skinner had previously played for New South Wales at the Australian U18 Championship level.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Mitchell Skinner card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, February 15, 2019

Brian Grening - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Veteran American import Grening played his final season with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2017-18 ABL season. It was his seventh season with the Cavalry. Having married a local girl and settled down in Canberra he would return in 2018-19 as Canberra's pitching coach. At the start of the 2018-19 season he was the first Cavalry player to have their number retired by the club.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Brian Grening card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Matt Timms - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

Timms returned for his fourth ABL season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2017-18 ABL season.

2017-18 Brisbane Bandits Matt Timms card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, February 11, 2019

Nick Hutchings - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

Hutchings is a local South Australian player who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2017-18 ABL season. That was his fourth ABL season with Adelaide however, games had previously been few and far between for him. After playing five games in his debut year in 2012-13, Nick only played a single game in each of the 2013-14 and 2016-17 seasons. He did finally manage to break into the bullpen for more regular time on the mound in 2017-18, pitching in 16 games for the Bite.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Nick Hutchings card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, February 8, 2019

Matthew Rae - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

The 2017-18 ABL season was Rae's seventh season with the Sydney Blue Sox.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Matthew Rae card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Robbie Perkins - 2017-18 Canberra Cavalry

Perkins continues on as a part of the Canberra Cavalry leadership group, with 2017-18 ABL season being his sixth season with the Canberra Cavalry and in the ABL. 2018 was also his sixth year in the Colorado Rockies farm system. He split his time between the single A Asheville Tourists and the double A level Hartford Yard Goats.

2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins card front - ©2018 Adam East


2017-18 Canberra Cavalry Robbie Perkins alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Monday, February 4, 2019

Ryan Battaglia - 2017-18 Brisbane Bandits

Bandits veteran Battaglia returned for his eighth ABL season with Brisbane during the 2017-18 ABL season. Having been only 25 years of age at the end of the 2017-18 season there are probably still a number of seasons ahead for him, age and form permitting.

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

Steven Chambers - 2017-18 Adelaide Bite

Veteran Aussie pitcher Chambers was only 26 turning 27 when he returned for his eighth ABL season and his third with the Adelaide Bite during the 2017-18 ABL season.

2017-18 Adelaide Bite Steven Chambers card front - ©2018 Adam East

Friday, January 25, 2019

Joshua Strong - 2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox

Outfielder Strong returned for his fourth season with the Sydney Blue Sox during 2017-18 ABL season.

Yeah, this photo is a bit dark, but it was the best one I had of him from a night game up in Sydney.

2017-18 Sydney Blue Sox Joshua Strong card front - ©2018 Adam East

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Justin Lopez - 2018-19 Canberra Cavalry

Lopez is a Venezualan import from the San Diego Padres organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the first half of the 2018-19 ABL season. Lopez is in his second year with the Padres and spent 2018 playing for their single A affiliate, the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

2018-19 Canberra Cavalry Justin Lopez card front - ©2018 Adam East

2018-19 Canberra Cavalry Justin Lopez alternate card front - ©2018 Adam East

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Dylan Thompson - 2017-18 Perth Heat

Thompson is an American import who played with the Perth Heat during the 2017-18 ABL season. Thompson spent two seasons (2014 - 2015) in the Colorado Rockies' farm system. He has spent most of the last three seasons playing with the Sioux Falls Canaries in the independent American Association.

2017-18 Perth Heat Dylan Thompson card front - ©2018 Adam East

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Jack Murphy - 2018-19 Sydney Blue Sox

Legendary American import Murphy spent four seasons as a Canberra Cavalry fan favourite between 2012-13 and 2015-16 so it was a bit of a surprise to see him return to the ABL in 2018-19 with the Sydney Blue Sox. He did explain that it made sense though. Although he would have liked to have returned to his roots at the Cavalry, he would have been one of four characters on the Cavalry list behind the entrenched Perkins brothers and youngster Nick Hosie. 

Murphy spent nine years playing in the minors between 2009 and 2017 with Toronto and the LA Dodgers before electing free agency at the end of 2017. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians but was released at the start of the 2018 season, having played at Triple A level in four different seasons during his career.

2018-19 Sydney Blue Sox Jack Murphy card front - ©2019 Adam East

2018-19 Sydney Blue Sox Jack Murphy alternate card front - ©2019 Adam East

Monday, January 21, 2019

Nicholas Rossell - 2017-18 Melbourne Aces

Aussie player Rossell returned for his third season with the Melbourne Aces and in the ABL during the 2017-18 ABL season.

2017-18 Melbourne Aces Nicholas Rossell card front- ©2018 Adam East