Monday, June 27, 2016

Scott Cone - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Cone was born in Sydney, but played for New Zealand along with his brother Ben in the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers held in early 2016. In the 2015-16 ABL season Scott made his ABL debut, playing with the Canberra Cavalry. Cone had experience playing college ball for West Texas A&M in the US where he studied physiotherapy. He returned to Australia to undertake his masters at the University of Canberra, hence his pickup by the Cavalry.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Scott Cone card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, June 24, 2016

David Sutherland - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Goofy played his sixth  season with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2015-16 ABL season. Apparently he retired at the end of the 2014-15 season, but was convinced to come out of retirement a day later by Bandits manager Dave Nilsson. Fortunately, that decision meant he was able to participate in the Bandits' first ever ABL championship.

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits David Sutherland card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Connar O'Gorman - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

O'Gorman was born in New Zealand, lives on the Gold Coast and plays for Adelaide ... he certainly gets around. O'Gorman played his thrid ABL season in 2015-16 - his second witht he Adelaide Bite after having originally debuted with Brisbane back in 2013-14. In 2016 O'Gorman is playing with the Kagawa Olive Guyners in the independent Shikoku Island League in Japan. He certainly seems to being a bit of a journeyman, having also spent time playing in Germany and the USA, as wella s representing New Zealand in the Diamondblacks.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Connar O'Gorman card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Connar O'Gorman alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lachlan Wells - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Wells is a Sydney youngster who played his third season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season, despite being only 18 years old at the time. Wells made his Minor League debut in 2015, playing with the Minnesota Twins rookie level team in the Gulf Coast League.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Lachlan Wells card front - ©2016 Adam East
2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Lachlan Wells alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, June 17, 2016

Jake Turnbull - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Turnbull is a West Australian youngster who played his second ABL season with the Perth Heat during the 20151-6 ABL season. In 2015 Turnbull made his debut in the Minors, playing for the Cincinnati Reds' Arizona League rookie team.

2015-16 Perth Heat Jake Turnbull card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Keith Curcio - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

Curcio is an American import from the Atlanta Braves organisation who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 Curcio split time between the single A Roma Braves and Advanced A Carolina Mudcats.

2015-16 Melbourne Aces Keith Curcio card front - ©2016 Adam East
2015-16 Melbourne Aces Keith Curcio alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, June 13, 2016

Jimmer Kennedy - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Kennedy is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season. Kennedy had six years of previous experience playing independent ball in the US, including playing for the Sioux City Explorers in the American Association between 2013 and 2015.

For some reason, the ABL website lists his first name as James, however everywhere else seems to refer to him as Jimmer, so Jimmer it is.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Jimmer Kennedy card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Jimmer Kennedy alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, June 10, 2016

Eric Green - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Green is an American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2015-16 ABL season. Green had previously spent two seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organisation in 2013 and 2014 before playing with the Southern Illinois Miners in the independent Frontier League in 2015.

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Eric Green card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Josh Tols - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Tols returned for his third ABL season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. In the off season, Tols has been playing with the Kansas City T-Bones in the independent American Association during both the 2015 and 2016 off-seasons.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Josh Tols card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Josh Tols alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, June 3, 2016

Wayne Lundgren - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Lundgren returned to the Sydney Blue in 2015-16 for his sixth straight ABL season. The Blue Sox had Lundgren return to the starting rotation, a change from his last three seasons pitching in relief.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Wayne Lundgren

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Derrick Loveless - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Loveless is an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015, Loveless played for the Dunedin Blue Jays in the Advanced A level Florida State League. He returned to Dunedin in 2016 before progressing through to the Double A level New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the Eastern League.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Derrick Loveless card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Josh Warner - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Gold Coast born Warner returned to the Brisbane Bandits following a two season break, originally caused through a shoulder injury in 2013. Warner had played in the first three seasons of the new ABL with the Bandits before the injury derailed his ABL participation and career in the Philadelphia Phillies organisation. The 2015-16 ABL season became Warner's fourth ABL season.


2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Josh Warner card front - ©2016 Adam East


2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Josh Warner alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, May 23, 2016

David Kandilas - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Kandilas returned to the Sydney Blue Sox for his fifth ABL season in 2015-16, but only managed seven games late in the season due to knee surgery. In 2015 Kandilas played with Niigata Albirex in Japan's independent Baseball Challenge League.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox David Kandilas card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, May 20, 2016

Aaron Thompson (US) - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

The signing of former American MLB player Aaron Thompson by the Canberra Cavalry for the 2015-16 ABL season caused some issues - they already had an Aussie born pitcher Aaron Thompson on their roster, so it became common to refer to them as either the American or Australian Aaron Thompson. The American Thompson had spent 3 years in the majors, including most recently in 2015 with the Minnesota Twins before becoming a free agent at the end of the 2015 season.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Aaron Thompson (US) card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Aaron Thompson (US) alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, May 16, 2016

Warwick Saupold - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Congratulations to Warwick Saupold, who yesterday (Australian time) became Australia's 32nd Major League Baseball player after making his MLB with the Detroit Tigers. It's kind of ironic that Saupold has made his MLB debut after his worst W-L season in the ABL (going 1-5 after recording 10-8 across the previous five ABL seasons.)  The 2015-16 ABL season was Saupold's sixth ABL season with the Perth Heat.

2015-16 Perth Heat Warwick Saupold card front - ©2016 Adam East

His MLB debut breaks the five year Aussie drought since Liam Hendriks, another Perth pitcher, made his MLB debut with the Twins in 2011.

Unfortunately, I didn't have any action shots of Saupold during last season, but I did get the ubiquitous levitating ball shot :)

2015-16 Perth Heat Warwick Saupold card front - ©2016 Adam East