Friday, March 27, 2015

Ray Frias - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Frias is an American import who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2014-15 ABL season. Frias spent 2014 with the Ohio Travelers in the Independent Baseball League, a new independent league in its first year of operation in 2014. He had previously played college level ball with the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Odessa College, and Northwestern State University.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Ray Frias card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jake Bowey - 2014-15 Perth Heat

Bowey is a local Perth boy who signed with the Houston Astros in 2013. In 2014 he played for two of the Astros' rookie level teams - in the Gulf Coast League and the Dominican Summer League. Bowey played for the Perth Heat during the 2014-15 ABL season, his second in the ABL.

2014-15 Perth Heat Jake Bowey card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, March 23, 2015

Aaron Sayers - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces

Aussie player Sayers spent 2014 with the Detroit Tigers Rookie level tam in the Gulf Coast league - his second season in the Tigers' farm system, before returning to the Melbourne Aces for the 2014-15 ABL season - his fourth in the ABL.

As with most of the Melbourne players, I wasn't overly happy with my shots of them, but was able to salvage the following shots as potential cards.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Aaron Sayers card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Aaron Sayers alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East


Friday, March 20, 2015

Wayne Ough - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Victorian born Ough was picked up by the Canberra Cavalry in the 2014 off season. He played the 2014-15 ABL season with the Cavalry after having played the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with the Adelaide Bite. An experienced campaigner, Ough had previously spent 5 years (2000 - 2004) in the New York Mets farm system, as well as being a member of Australia's Silver Medal winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics

2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Wayne Ough card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CJ Beatty - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Beatty originally come as an independent American import to ply his wares with the Brisbane Bandits for the 2012-13 ABL season before heading back to the US. Good performances in the independent leagues  resulted in him being re-signed into affiliated baseball by the Chicago White Sox in 2014 . He started 2014 with the Washington WildThings in the independent Frontier League before the White Sox signed him and sent him to the Winston-Salem Dash in the high A level Carolina League. The White Sox sent Beatty for his second ABL stint with Brisbane  where he played during the 2014-15 ABL season.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits CJ Beatty card front - ©2015 Adam East

I have to admit, I was conscious of the advertising signage in the background, and was trying to "give him his wings" in some of the shots I took.

Brisbane Bandits player CJ Beatty - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wilson Lee - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite

The tattooed Lee returned for his fifth season with the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. The Bite used him as a starting pitcher this season rather than his usual relief role, meaning a lot more innings pitched this season.

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Wilson Lee card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Adelaide Bite Wilson Lee alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Trent D'Antonio - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox

Local boy D'Antonio returned for his fifth ABL season with the Sydney Blue Sox in the 2014-15 ABL season. Despite being a regular Blue Sox player, I had hardly any shots of D'Antonio this year, so not the greatest quality image.

2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Trent D'Antonio card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jordan McDonald - 2014-15 Perth Heat

McDonald is local Perth boy who had just finished time in the USA, spending 2012 and 2013 at the Chattanooga State Community College and  2014 with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. McDonald made his ABL debut with the Perth Heat during the 2014-15 ABL season.

Lots of photos of McDonald ... unsure of which to use. The last one is the best front on shot, but it's not very sharp.

2014-15 Perth Heat Jordan McDonald card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Perth Heat Jordan McDonald alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Perth Heat Jordan McDonald alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hayden Godbold - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces


Godbold is an Aussie rookie who made his ABL debut with the Melbourne Aces during the 2014-15 ABL season. I believe Godbold is originally from either NSW (was originally playing in the NSW state league) or the ACT (rpresented the ACT as a junior) , but have been unable to confirm exactly where.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Hayden Godbold card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jack Murphy - 2014-15 Canberra Cavalry

Canberra crowd favourite and Toronto Blue Jays minor leagues Murphy returned for his third season with the Canberra Cavalry for the 2014-15 ABL season.  In 2014 he split time between the Buffalo Bisons in the triple A level International league and the New Hampton Fisher Cats in the double A level  Eastern League.

Murphy has the rare distinction of now having played over 100 games in the ABL (123 by season's end) - the first import player to have achieved this feat. Given that the ABL seasons have only been between 40 and 48 games over its history, it means it will be a while before any other import catches Murphy's tally.


2014-15 Canberra Cavalry Jack Murphy card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, February 27, 2015

Maxx Tissenbaum - 2014-15 Brisbane Bandits

Tissenbaum is a Canadian import from the Tampa Bay Rays organisation who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2014-15 ABL season. Tissenbaum spent 2014 with the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the High A level Florida State League. Check out his blog - Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light - for an interesting read.

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Maxx Tissenbaum card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Brisbane Bandits Maxx Tissenbaum alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Morgan Coombs - 2014-15 Adelaide Bite


Coombs is an American import who played with the Adelaide Bite during the 2014-15 ABL season. Coombs has spent the previous three years playing for the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the independent American Association. Coombs compiled an impressive 7-1 record with a 1.95 ERA over 16 games with the Bite.

Not exactly the most exciting of shots, but I'd rather a dugout photo of a player taking stats than no photo at all.
2014-15 Adelaide Bite Morgan Coombs card front - ©2015 Adam East

Monday, February 23, 2015

Jaspreet Shergill - 2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox


Canadian import Shergill graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 2014 and spent some time playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Intercounty baseball League. He made his way over to Australia and Brisbane club level baseball before being picked up by the Brisbane Bandits for the start of the 2014-15 ABL season. I don't know what transpired at the Bandits, but after what was considered a successful start to his ABL career, he ended up on the Sydney Blue Sox roster for the last third of the season.

I happened to grab this photo of him during an extremely long rain delay up in Sydney. It's not the best, but it's something
2014-15 Sydney Blue Sox Jaspreet Shergill card front - ©2015 Adam East

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mike McClendon - 2014-15 Perth Heat

Former MLB player McClendon played as an American import with the Perth Heat during the 2014-15 ABL season. McClendon played 35 games with the Milwaukee Brewers between 2010 and 2012. He was signed by the Colorado Rockies at the start of 2013, playing a year in their farm system before being released. He started 2014 playing for the York Revolution in the independent Atlantic League before again being signed by the Rockies. He spent the rest of 2014 between their double A and Triple A affiliates - the Tuisa Drillers and Colorado Springs Sky Sox respectively before again being released and plying his trade in the ABL.

2014-15 Perth Heat Mike McClendon card front - ©2015 Adam East

2014-15 Perth Heat Mike McClendon alternate card front - ©2015 Adam East

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Isamu Sato (佐藤 勇) - 2014-15 Melbourne Aces


Sato is a Japanese import from the Seibu Lions who played with the Melbourne Aces during the 2014-15 ABL season. Although it's one of my dreaded night-time images, it hasn't turned out too bad.

2014-15 Melbourne Aces Isamu Sato card front - ©2015 Adam East
On a side note - there's a problem with my computer at the moment. It's dropping the graphics output after about 10-15 minutes after being turned on. Makes it really difficult to try and do any work in Photoshop. I'm unsure how regular my updates on the blog will be until I get it fixed. Hopefully it's just a GPU issue and not a motherboard problem. Until sorted, the frequency of my updates will be irregular.