Monday, August 31, 2015

Josh Davies - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

Davies returned for his fifth ABL season with the Aces in 2014-15. Last season was his best productively with the bat since the insugural ABL season back in 2010-11.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Josh Davies card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, August 28, 2015

Aaron Sloan - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Aaron, the younger of Canberra's Sloan brothers, returned for his third ABL season with the Cavalry in 2014-15, however he only managed four games across the season. I didn't think I had managed to capture any photos of Aaron until I spied him in the background of this shot of another player. So, as my old motto goes  - a bad photo is better than no photo :)

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Aaron Sloan card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Masaki Takashio (高塩正樹) - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Brisbane has continued its tradition of signing independent Japanese ball players, with Japanese import Masaki Takashio playing with the Bandits during the 2014-15 ABl season. In 2014, Takashio was playing for the Toyama Thunderbirds in the Japanese independent Baseball Challenge League. In 2015 he has moved to one of the BC League's two new expansion teams, the Fukushima Hopes.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Masaki Takashio card front - ©2015 Adam East



Monday, August 24, 2015

Brandon Dixon - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Dixon is an American import from the Los Angeles Dodgers who played with the Adeliade Bite during the 2014-15 ABl season. Dixon spent 2014 playing between the Dodger's Rookie level team and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the High A level California League.  In 2015 he has spent time with both the Quakes again as well as the Double A level Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Brandon Dixon card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, August 21, 2015

Josh Matavesi - 2014-15 Perth Heat

Former Canberra Cavalry player Matavesi hadn't played for the Cavalry since the 2012-13 season, but was quoted in the Canberran press in mid-2014 as getting ready to try and rejoin their roster for the 2014-15 season. It was a bit of a surprise then to see Matavesi's name pop up on the roster for Western Australia for the National Under 25s Championships played in September/October of 2014.

During the 2014-15 ABL season., Matavesi arrived with the Perth Heat players when they played Canberra, and otherwise seemed to be a part of the Heat team. I don't know what his status with the team is, but it appeared, and I'm assuming, that he's a part of the Heat development squad, as he didn't officially appear on their roster through the season or actually play a game with them. From the conversations I overheard in the Heat dugout, he certainly didn't appear to have any love of the Cavalry team, and seems to be a part of the Heat environment.

2014-15 Perth Heat Josh Matavesi card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tim Brown - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

Brown is an American import who playe with the Melbourne Aces during the 2014-15 ABL season. Brown played 7 games of Rookie level ball for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, but otherwise has been active playing in independent leagues since 2009. In 2014 he played for the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association, and has started with them again in 2015. He has spent the last two American winters in Adelaide playing club ball before being signed by the Aces for the 2014-15 season.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Tim Brown card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tristan Crawford - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Crawford made a return to the Canberra Cavalry for the 2014-15 ABL season after spending the previous season with his hometown Brisbane Bandits. He had previously made his ABL debut with the Cavalry back in 2011-12, so it's been a lot of to- and fro-ing between Brisbane and Canberra for Tristan.

He was obviously happy enough for a hi-five in this shot.
2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Tristan Crawford card front - ©2015 Adam East
Crawford also seemed just as happy in this pre-season shot I took of him as well.

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Tristan Crawford alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, August 14, 2015

Andrew Campbell - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Despite not turning 23 until after the 2014-15 ABL season, it was Campbell's fifth season with the Brisbane Bandits. Afetr he was relased from affiliated ball with the the Cleveland Indians in 2012, Campbell has been playing rugby leaguein Ipswich in the baseball off season.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Andrew Campbell card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Will Mathis - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Mathis is amember of the Seattle mariners organisation who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. He spent 2014 with the Advanced A level High Desert Maveriscks in the California League, and has started 2015 with the Bakersfield Blaze in the same league due to a realignment of the teams affiliations.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Will Mathis card front - ©2015 Adam East 

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Will Mathis alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Wes Patterson - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Patterson is an American import who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2014-15 ABL season. He was originally playing in the Sydney club level competition but caught the eye of the Blue Sox and eneded up on their reserve squad, playing nine games throughout the season.

Prior to his stint Down Under, Patterson ahd spent three years playing independent ball, in 2014 playing with the Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Wes Patterson card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, August 7, 2015

Brian Baker - 2014-15 Perth Heat

American import Baker returned fro a second season with the Perth Heat during the 2014-15 ABL season. He spent the intervening time in 2014 playing with the Southern Marylan Blue Crabs in the independent Atlantic League and stints with both Vaqueros Laguna and Broncos de Reynosa in the Triple A level Mexican League.

It was a poor shot of Baker in the dugout, but the best I could get.

2014-15 Perth Heat Brian Baker card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ben Leslie - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

Leslie returned for his third ABL season with the Melbourne Aces in the 2014-15 ABL season. Leslie played Rookie level ball for the San Francisco Giants in 2013 and 2014, however I haven't seen details of him either playing or having been released in 2015.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Ben Leslie card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, August 3, 2015

Jason Sloan - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

The older of Canbera's Sloan brothers benefitted from greater game time with the Cavalry during the 2014-15 ABL season, however it appeared to come at the expense of his brother Aaron who saw a commensurate drop in his playing time. The 2014-15 season was Jason's third in the ABL

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Jason Sloan card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Jason Sloan alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mitch Nilsson - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

The famous name of Australian baseballing royalty returned to the Brisbane lineup with regularity last season, with Mitch Nilsson returning for his fifth season with the Bandits in 2014-15. Nilsson's preceding two ABL seasons had both seen him play only a single game each season. I'm sure that his uncle - Bandits' Manager and former MLB player Dave Nilsson, and Mitch's father Gary Nilsson, the Bandits' pitching coach were happy to have their nephew/son back into the lineup throughout the season.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Mitch Nilsson card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Craig Maddox - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

Maddox is an American import who played with the Adelaide Bite during the the 2014-15 ABL season. Maddox spent two seasons playing affiliated ball (with Detroit in 2007 and atlanta in 2009) and seven seasons of independent ball prior to playing with Adelaide. In 2014 he played with the Gary SouthShore RailCats in the American Association. In 2015 he has started with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Craig Maddox card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Craig Maddox alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East