Monday, May 2, 2016

Wilson Lee - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Lee returned for his sixth season with the Adelaide bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. In 2015 Lee played in the German Bundesliga for the Bonn Capitals, and has returned to them for 2016.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Wilson Lee card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, April 29, 2016

Jan-Niclas Stöcklin - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Stöcklin is a German import who played with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season. He previously spent a number of years in the German Bundesliga, in 2015 playing with the Mainz Athletics, to which he's also returned in 2016.

The ABL website seemed to have a few issues with the Anglicization of his name. I've seen it as both Jan Stoecklin and Jan-Niclas Stoecklin, but I've gone with the German spelling of Jan-Niclas Stöcklin. (Thanks ALT characters!)

Again - not a great photo, but unfortunately the best I could do from a very small selection of images that I managed to capture of him at games. He's making his way through the crowd during the break between games in a double header.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Jan-Niclas Stöcklin card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Alex Howe - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Howe returned to the Sydney Blue Sox for his second ABL season during the 2015-16 season, in the process becoming a Blue Sox regular, playing in almost every Sydney game throughout the season.

I know it's not an action photo and he's partly obscured, but I like the emotion in this photo of Howe and decided on this shot over some "on the field" shots.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Alex Howe card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, April 25, 2016

Matt Dixon - 2015-16 Perth Heat

Dixon returned for his fourth ABL season with the Heat during 2015-16. I've always found Dixon a difficult player to photograph, mainly because of his build and facial structure. I find that his photos always come across as very "cherubic" looking, which is fine for a statue, but not for a baseballer. This photo broke that look, so I decided to use it for his card design this year.

2015-16 Perth Heat Matt Dixon card front - ©2016 Adam East

The alternate card photo I chose purely to record the fact that Dixon, probably the shortest player on the Heat roster also happened to be the player who was doing the most lifting on the way to the dugout.

2015-16 Perth Heat Matt Dixon alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, April 22, 2016

David Harris - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Harris is an American import from the Toronto Blue Jays organisation who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season. Harris has been with the Blue jays since 2013, splitting 2015 between the Single A Lansing Lugnuts and the advanced A Dunedin Blue Jays. In 2016 he's resumed playing with Dunedin.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry David Harris card front - ©2016 Adam East 
2015-16 Canberra Cavalry David Harris alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Jason Jarvis - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Jarvis is an American import who played with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2015-16 ABL season. Jarvis had previously spent three years in the San Francisco Giants farm system between 2008 and 2010 before being releasedin 2011 and playing independent ball, mainly with American Association teams since then. This last season was actually Jarvis' second season with the Bandits, where he moved from relief into the starting line up.

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Jason Jarvis card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, April 18, 2016

Angus Roeger - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

The 2015-16 ABL season was Roger's fourth season with the Adelaide Bite and it turned out to probably be his breakout season. Having previously been limited in game time during the previous two seasons, 2015-16 was Roegers' best, both in terms of game played (46) and in batting average (.285).

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Angus Roeger card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Angus Roeger card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, April 15, 2016

Trent D'Antonio - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Despite becoming one of the more "vintage" players on the team, D'Antonio's sixth ABL season with the Sydney Blue Sox during 2015-16 saw him have his best ever year statistically proving that there's still life in the old dog yet.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Trent D'Antonio card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Trent D'Antonio card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bryan Pounds - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Pounds is an American import who played with the Canberra Cavalry during the 2015-16 ABL season. Pounds had spent five years in the Detroit Lions organisation between 2008 and 2012, before moving to independent baseball. In 2015 he played with the York Revolution in the Atlantic League.

2015-16 Canberra Cavalry Bryan Pounds card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, April 11, 2016

Kyle Redinger - 2015-16 Brisbane Bandits

Redinger is an American import who played a single game with the Brisbane Bandits during the 2015-16 ABL season. Redinger had preciously spent three years (2010-2012) playing Rookie level ball with the Houston Astros before a 2 year retirement before returning to the game in 2014. In 2015 he played games in low level independent leagues with both the Oregon City Mud Turtles in the, Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the InterCounty Baseball League.

He was playing local club level ball with the Pine Hills Lightning in the Queensland State League in late 2015 before being called up to the Bandits. I'm unsure as to why he only played one game with them as his single game produced 4 innings of scoreless relief. Regardless, I was able to grab shots of him playing in his ABL debut.

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Kyle Redinger card front - ©2016 Adam East

2015-16 Brisbane Bandits Kyle Redinger alternate card front - ©2016 Adam East

Friday, April 1, 2016

Loek van Mil - 2015-16 Adelaide Bite

Dutch born van Mil played as an import from the Minnesota Twins organisation with the Adelaide Bite during the 2015-16 ABL season. van Mil had the distinction of nine years exeprience in the US minor leagues as well as a year in the Japanese NPB. In 2015 van Mil played a handful of games with the Rochester Red Wings, the Minnesota Twins Triple A affiliate.

At 7'1" tall, he is reportedly the tallest player to have played in the US Minor leagues. Unfortunately, I didn't have any photos that gave a good height context for him.

2015-16 Adelaide Bite Loek van Mil card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jacob Younis - 2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox

Younis returned for his sixth season with the Sydney Blue Sox during the 2015-16 ABL season, where he became a regular member of the starting lineup. Still only 22 years old and already with 167 ABL games under his belt, it's possible that Younis will have a good chance at ending up near the top of the Blue Sox "games played" leader board by the end of his career.

2015-16 Sydney Blue Sox Jacob Younis card front - ©2016 Adam East

Monday, March 28, 2016

Allan de San Miguel - 2015-16 Perth Heat

It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for veteran Heat catcher de San Miguel over the last year. In 2015 he was signed by his old Minor League organisation, the Minnesota Twins but only managed three games during the 2015 season, with their Triple A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. "Desan" then returned to the Perth Heat for the 2015-16 ABL season, his sixth straight with the Heat. After the ABL season, de San Miguel was playing for the Australian team in the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers and received an offer from the Kansas City Royals organisation where he's been assigned to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the Double A level International League.

2015-16 Perth Heat Allan de San Miguel card front - ©2016 Adam East


Friday, March 25, 2016

Nicholas Rossell - 2015-16 Melbourne Aces

Australian born Rossell made his ABL debut with the Melbourne Aces during the 2015-16 ABL season. Rossell is a product of the MLB Australian Academy, and represented Victoria in several U23 championships, eventually making his way onto the Aces roster lasts eason.

2015-16 Melbourne Aces Nicholas Rossell card front - ©2016 Adam East

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Joshua Fritsch - 2015-16 Canberra Cavalry

Fritsch is a Queensland youngster who was drafted by the Canberra Cavalry in the 2015 ABL draft, making his debut during the 2015-16 ABL season.

2015-16 Canebrra Cavalry Joshua Fritsch card front - ©2016 Adam East