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No.34 - ML Aust

We reserve this space to pay tribute to the next Australian(s) who will earn their way to
baseball's pinnacle... 'The Show'... 'The Big League'... 

The obvious possibilities are well, you tell us?

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26 APR 2017 - PETER MOYLAN FINALLY FALLIBLE v WHITE SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
For the second straight game Australian evergreen PETER MOYLAN was unable to escape unscathed while pitching a brief relief outing for the Kansas City Royals during their 2-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox today. After taking over for the bottom of the seventh, Pete pitched the line of 0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k (5.79 ERA) while throwing 22 pitches in total. He began well by getting leadoff batter Goevany Soto to fly out to centre field but next batter Leury Garcia battled a full count before clocking a home run over right field. Tim Anderson reached on an infield single to third and Tyler Saladino grounded into a fielder's choice to the short stop before Moylan was lifted in favour of lefty Mike Minor.

Star outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) did not hit safely today, but he did manage to walk twice while batting 0-4 (.233) for the Tampa Bay Rays who came up just short in a 4-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles over eleven innings this morning.

Kevin Kiermaier

26 APR 2017 - PETER MOYLAN FINALLY FALLIBLE v WHITE SOX!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Aussie PETE MOYLAN saw his scoreless run from the start of the 2017 season come to a very abrupt and painful end when he was torched to the tune of 0.1ip 5h 5r 5er 0bb 0k (5.19 ERA) while pitching relief for the Kansas City Royals who were swamped 1-12 by the unpredictable Chicago White Sox. The Royals were already 1-4 behind when Pete took the ball for the top of the sixth and the floodgates opened from the time that Avisail Garcia reached on a somewhat fortunate leadoff infield single. After a long at bat Matt Davidson drove him in with a double to shallow right before Moylan got the first out with Geovany Soto grounding out to the short stop. Leury Garcia reached on another infield single, Tim Anderson delivered a RBI single and Tyler Saladino ended Pete's day with a two RBI triple to deep centre. After Pete was given the hook, the last of his base runners was cashed in to add to his woes. It's safe to say that it wasn't his day today!

MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) recorded his third win of the season with 1.2ip 1h 0er 1bb 2k for the Baltimore Orioles to help them to double the Tampa Bay Rays 3-6 at Camden Yards. It improved his season record to a most impressive 3-0, 0.84 ERA. On the flip side, Tampa's KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) had a rare barren day with the bat to strike out three times while batting 0-5 (.260).

Mychal Givens

24 APR 2017 - PETER MOYLAN DIES HIS JOB AGAIN FOR ROYALS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Australia's elder statesman PETER MOYLAN claimed a couple of outs this morning with a solid line of 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (0.00 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who were topped 2-5 by the Texas Rangers. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Pete was asked to tidy up the frame immediately after Joey Gallo had gone deep for the Rangers. He struck out Robinson Chrinos on a full count before Jurickson Profar was fortunate to reach on a pop up to the short stop. His good fortune didn't last lone when our wily veteran picked off Profar on first to end the inning. It was another case of "job done" for Pete!

Recent ABL infielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) finally came alive with the hitting stick today, batting 2-4 (.173) for the Milwaukee Brewers who still fell 4-6 to the travelling St. Louis Cardinals.

The latest ABL import to ascend to the major leagues, KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014), is still struggling offensively as the left fielder for the Chicago White Sox. He did not deliver a safe hit today, but at least he walked and scored a run as part of their 6-2 home win over the Cleveland Indians.

Keon Broxton

23 APR 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS EARNS BIG 3RD HOLD v MARINERS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS earned a most valuable hold this morning, his third of the season, after pitching 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 0k (8.53 ERA) that helped his Oakland Athletics to hang on for the narrowest of 4-3 wins over the Seattle Mariners. With the leadoff batter aboard and none out in the top of the eighth, Liam was asked to preserve a 4-2 lead at the time and it wasn't all plain sailing for him in a tough situation. Hendriks pitched carefully to the dangerous Nelson Cruz who eventually worked a full count walk to ramp up the threat. He then turned to the pitcher's best friend, a ground ball double play, that he got Tyler Motter to roll to the shortstop for two massive outs. Unfortunately he couldn't shut it down completely when young star Kyle Seager followed with a RBI triple that plated the inherited runner perched on third. It may not have been clean, but that double play may well have kept the A's in front at the pivotal moment.

... and yesterday:

Baltimore Orioles key middle reliever MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) did all that was asked of him today while collecting his first hold of the season as part of the O's 2-0 shutout win over the visiting Boston Red Sox. He pitched a short but sweet 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (1.29 ERA).

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-3 (.294) for the Tampa Bay Rays who were bettered 3-6 by the travelling Houston Astros.


Mychal Givens


Kevin Kiermaier

19 APR 2017 - PETER MOYLAN SLICK; SAUPOLD TAKEN DEEP!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Veteran Australian reliever PETE MOYLAN was a model of efficiency today, needing just four pitches, all strikes, to secure the two outs asked of him by the Kansas City Royals in the midst of a deadlocked 0-0 game with the Texas Rangers that rolled on into extra innings. Moylan was summoned into action with one out in the bottom of the eighth and he made short work of putting that inning in the bank with 0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA). With two pitches he got Carlos Gomez to fly out to right and with two more he got Elvis Andrus to pop out to the catcher.

Still in red-hot hitting for is star outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) who launched his first home run of the season while batting 2-3 (.292) with two RBIs that helped his Tampa Bay Rays to flog the Detroit Tigers 8-1 this morning. Tigers' right fielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) again came up empty with 0-4 (.262) on a rough day for Detroit.
Aussie WARWICK SAUPOLD did the "dirty work" of pitching the last few innings of the loss for Detroit and it came at the price of three home runs that added some padding to the Rays' winning margin. Warwick came into the game with runners on the corners and two out in the bottom of the fifth and his team already 1-5 down. He ended that inning with Jesus Sucre batting and the runner thrown out at home on a fielder's choice. In the bottom of the sixth he quickly got Sucre to fly out to centre field, Peter Bourjos struck out swinging and Steven Souza Jr. struck out looking. Back for the seventh, he was promptly greeted by Kiermaier's long ball over centre field before Evan Longoria flied out to centre and Rickie Weeks was hit by a pitch. There was no further damage in that inning when Brad Miller flied out to left and Tim Beckham flied out to centre. Working into his third inning, Saupold may have been getting low in the gas tank when Daniel Robertson and Steven Souza Jr. both took him deep for solo shots in the bottom of the eighth.

Warwick Saupold

 


Kevin Kiermaier

20 APR 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD BACK; LIAM HENDRIKS CLOSES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold
Australia's 32nd major leaguer WARWICK SAUPOLD was back in the big leagues yesterday, pitching a strong 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 2k (0.00 ERA) for the Detroit Tigers at the end of their 1-5 defeat by the Tampa Bay Rays. Taking the mound for the bottom of the eighth, Warwick got Shane Peterson to ground out to the second baseman and had Tim Beckham struck out swinging before the speedy Peter Bourjos milked a walk. Bourjos predictably stole second while former ABL import Kevin Kiermaier was struck out looking to end the frame.

Aussie reliever LIAM HENDRIKS was back on the horse nicely today after some battles lately with a very competent 1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (9.53 ERA) while closing out the Oakland Athletics comfortable 9-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Liam shut down the top of the ninth after allowing a leadoff single to Delino DeShields who poked one into right. He followed by getting Rougned Odor to ground out to the first baseman, Elvis Andrus to line out to centre and Joey Gallo to ground out to first. It was a stabilising and confidence boosting effort for Hendriks who has already seen it all before.

Platinum glove outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) was running hot with the stick again today with 3-4 (.274) plus a walk and four runs scored as a key contributor to the Tampa Bay Rays tight 8-7 win over the travelling Detroit Tigers. In the other camp, Tigers' outfielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) struck out twice while batting 0-4 (.289).


Liam Hendriks

Kevin Kiermaier

19 APR 2017 - PETER MOYLAN GOOD IN KANSAS CITY LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Resilient Aussie PETER MOYLAN struck out the only batter he was required to face today to register the simple pitching line of 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (0.00 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals who ultimately fell in the eleventh inning 1-2 to the visiting San Francisco Giants. Pete played an extremely important role after entering the game in a most precarious position in the top of the seventh with runners at the corners and nobody out in a deadlocked 1-1 game. He got the pivotal second out with Nick Hundley struck out swinging on a 2-2 count as the Royals escaped the jam unscathed.

Converted short stop MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (1.35 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who stumbled 3-9 against the Cincinnati Reds today.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) laced a RBI double while batting 1-5 (.241) for the Tampa Bay Rays to help them to roll over the Detroit Tigers 5-1. TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 0-3 (.324) for the Tigers.

Mychal Givens

18 APR 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS TAKES A HIT IN MOP-UP FOR ATHLETICS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Australian reliever LIAM HENDRIKS was again asked to do some "mop up duty" in a losing cause today when he pitched an unusually untidy 1.0ip 1h 2r 2er 2bb 1k (11.57 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who were already destined to a 0-7 shutout defeat at the hands (and bats) of the Texas Rangers. As it often does, a leadoff walk issued to Jerickson Profar on a full count led to a rough inning after Liam took over for the top of the ninth. Following another full count pitched to Carlos Gomez, a successive walk perhaps wasn't such a disaster after Profar had moved to second on a wild pitch to leave the open base at first. However, Hendriks didn't get a break when Elvis Andrus advanced both the runners on a soft infield grounder to third for the first out of the frame. This allowed Nomar Mazara to bank both base runners on a RBI single up the middle for the two earned runs. He then polished off the inning with veteran slugger Mike Napoli struck out looking and Rougned Odor grounding out to the first baseman on a pitcher's cover. It's just not going our Aussie's way at the moment!

Star centre fielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) couldn't be blamed for the Tampa Bay Rays' 3-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox today when he batted 2-5 (.245), plus a run scored. It was a similar story for Kiermaier yesterday when he batted 2-3 plus a walk in another 5-7 loss to the Red Sox in Fenway Park.

A solid season so far went awry for San Diego Padres' closer BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) who took his first loss of the season with 0.2ip 3h 1er 1bb 1k as the Atlanta Braves stormed home to win 5-4 at their new SunTrust Park Stadium. Maurer's record fell to 0-1, 5.79 ERA for the 2017 season.


Kevin Kiermaier


Brandon Maurer

16 APR 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS SCORCHED BY RED HOT HOUSTON ASTROS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


 


Tyler Collins

As we have mentioned often, perhaps too often, the vagaries of baseball scoring these days will sometimes enable relief pitchers to record a "hold" as a positive statistic when their performance would not necessarily be a positive one for them. Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS was credited with a hold today after having a second straight rough outing as his Oakland Athletics were overrun 6-10 by the Houston Astros who hit a hot streak at the end of this game. Liam came to the mound with Oakland still leading 5-2 to begin the top of the seventh and, although it was not his finest hour, he at least managed to help keep the A's noses in front, thus the hold. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki started the trouble with a single poked into left, then he stole second base before Jake Marisnick reached on an infield single. Aoki then went to third as George Springer grounded into a fielder's choice to the shortstop. Alex Bregman came through with a RBI single up the middle to cause Hendriks to be lifted. His other earned run was cashed in before the inning concluded to leave the game still in Oakland's favour 5-4. Our man may have been a tad unlucky to come into the game just as the Astros were starting to unleash a barrage of scoring that saw them pile on ten runs over the last four frames!

The latest former ABL import to reach the major leagues,
JACOB MAY (Sydney Blue Sox 2014), is still yet to break his big league batting "duck" with 0-3 (.000) for the Chicago White Sox who were blanked 0-6 by the surprise packet Minnesota Twins this morning.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) did not manage a hit today, but he did walk and score the only run for the Tampa Bay Rays who ran into a buzz saw in the form of star pitcher Chris Sale who struck out twelve Rays in a narrow 2-1 win for his Boston Red Sox. Kiermaier batted 0-2 (.200).

Solid right fielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 2-3 (.370) for the Detroit Tigers who were belted 6-13 by the Cleveland Indians.

Kevin Kiermaier

 


 


Jacob May

14 APR 2017 - FORMER SYDNEY BLUE SOX OUTFIELDERS HIT!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Keon Broxton
Right fielder TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-3 (.350) plus a walk for the Detroit Tigers today but it had little impact in a heavy 5-11 defeat by the upstart Minnesota Twins.

Starting centre fielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) batted 1-4 (.208) to help his Milwaukee Brewers to grab an important 5-1 road win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Tyler Collins

13 APR 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS BATTLES IN EASY WIN OVER ROYALS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 

If you want to put it in context, Australian star LIAM HENDRIKS probably picked a good time to have a rough outing today, if there is ever a good time? With his Oakland Athletics winning comfortably 8-0 coming into the bottom of the eighth, Liam was in "speed-up mode" when he pitched 1.0ip 3h 2r 2er 1bb 0k (5.40 ERA) today in what resulted in a 8-3 victory over the home standing Kansas City Royals.
It started poorly with a four pitch walk issued to Raul Mondesi before he got Alex Gordon to fly out to right field. A barrage of hits followed when Mike Moustakis doubled to right, Lorenzo Cain delivered a fortunate RBI on a softly hit infield single and Eric Hosmer chimed in with another RBI single. Liam then got Drew Butera and Brandon Moss to fly out to end an inning that didn't quite go as planned.

One pitcher who enjoyed a low-pressure outing today during the Baltimore Orioles blowout 12-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park today was MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) who hurled 2.0ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (1.59 ERA).

New San Diego Padres closer BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) did his job in a non-save situation today with 1.0ip 0h 0r 0bb 1k (4.50 ERA) at the end of their 6-0 shutout win over the Colorado Rockies.


Mychal Givens

11 APR 2017 - PETER MOYLAN STAYS CLEAN IN LOSS TO OAKLAND!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Even the best efforts of seasoned Aussie PETER MOYLAN could not help the Kansas City Royals today when they were shut out 0-2 by the competitive Oakland Athletics. Pete kept his unblemished season record with a very tidy 2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (0.00 ERA) effort, but there were no runs to be found for his team this morning.

Taking the hill to begin the top of the seventh, he struck out Trevor Plouffe, then he got both Rajai Davis and Marcus Semien to ground out to the third baseman. Having thrown just six pitches, Moylan returned to bank the top of the eighth with Matt Joyce grounding out to second, Ryon Healy flying out to right and Khris Davis grounding out to short.
In all he needed only 17 pitches to secure six outs and he threw twelve of them for strikes.

 

  
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Warwick Saupold

 


Liam Hendriks

No.31

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.31 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 September 2011 (AUS time), 22yo West Australian Right Hand Pitcher
LIAM HENDRIKS.
22yo Perth pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS today became the 31st Australian to play at the major league level when he made his debut as the starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins in their spanking new Target Field Stadium, Minneapolis. The young tyro that ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ nicknamed the “Wanneroo Wrecker” because of his amazing exploits as a teenager for WA in the Claxton Shield has had a dizzy climb in professional baseball this season. This time last season Liam was pitching at ‘Advanced A’ level for in the Twins organisation, but this year has seen him really take off. After starting the 2011 season in dominant fashion at ‘AA’ New Britain, Hendriks earned a promotion to ‘AAA’ Rochester where he pitched well enough to be selected for the World Team to contest the prestigious All-Star weekend Futures Game. Not long after he now finds himself achieving the dream of all aspiring baseballers by reaching the pinnacle of the sport.

Liam’s debut started in ideal fashion in front of 36,959 home fans versus the visiting Chicago White Sox with a neat, nine pitch, 1-2-3 first inning where he had Juan Pierre line out to left, Alexei Ramirez fly out to left and A.J Pierzynski struck out swinging. Due to the length of his start the rest of the inning-by-inning detail will remain on the individual report for 7 September 2011.

After throwing 99 pitches (65 for strikes) Hendriks was relieved before the beginning of the eighth inning with a quality start of 7.0ip 4h 3er 3bb 4k for his initial big league record of 0-1, 3.86ERA. Even though he was saddled with the loss because of his team mates being shut out in a 0-3 defeat by the ‘Chisox’ it was a most outstanding debut effort.

Welcome to the most exclusive Australian baseball fraternity LIAM HENDRIKS.


Shane Lindsay

No.30

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.30 player to reach the US major leagues on
3 September 2011 (AUS time), 26yo Victorian Right Hand Pitcher
SHANE LINDSAY.
26yo Victorian right hand pitcher SHANE LINDSAY today (3 September 2011 AUS time) became the 30th Australian to reach the US major league. Hard-throwing Lindsay may be an enigma in Australian baseball where he has rarely flourished, yet he has been an asset as a relief pitcher in the US professional scene. After having one of his best seasons with the Chicago White Sox this season, mainly in 'AAA', he certainly earned his call up to the extended September roster of the big league 'Chisox'.
Lindsay enjoyed a positive debut when he closed a wide 1-8 defeat by his former Detroit Tigers club in front of just over 42,000 away fans at Detroit's relatively new Comerica Park stadium with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (0.00ERA). As he often does in Australia, Shane struggled for control with only seven of 17 pitches thrown for strikes, yet 'Flintoff & Dunn' will not use this to sour a memorable major league debut.
Pitching the bottom of the eighth, Lindsay got Dayan Viciedo to ground out to the third baseman before issuing a four pitch walk to pinch hitter Brent Lillibridge. His next pitch saw Tyler Flowers foul out to right field and he finished his job by getting Brent Morel to ground out within range of the catcher.

Welcome to the very exclusive club SHANE LINDSAY... it is something that can never be taken away!


Josh Spence

No.29

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.29 player to reach the US major leagues on
25 June 2011 (AUS time), 23yo Victorian Left Hand Pitcher
JOSH SPENCE.
23yo Victorian lefty pitcher JOSH SPENCE today (25 June 2011 AUS time) became the 29th Australian to reach the US major league. After being called up to the San Diego Padres big league team last week, Josh did not get to make his major league debut in Boston's fabled Fenway Park, but it may have been even better for him to debut at the Padres home Petco Park in front of just over 27,000 Californian fans. He would have also enjoyed a relatively "stress free" outing by closing out San Diego's runaway 11-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves. In fact Josh was most efficient in his debut with a dominant 1-2-3 inning against the meat of the Atlanta Braves lineup. He started by striking out young star Jason Heyward on five pitches before getting future first ballot Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones to pop out to the second baseman. He then secured the last out of the game with All-Star MVP catcher Brian McCann grounding out to the second baseman. Like all major league debuts, this will be a moment in his life that he will never forget!
His pitching line after his first appearance is an impressive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA).

I'm not sure if this qualifies under the definition of "six degrees of separation" but your writer has followed Josh Spence's career since his early days when his Geelong team were great rivals of my son's Waverley teams in the Victorian State League Junior competition. In fact, I was line umpiring in an U14 game at Geelong when big Josh, who was already a young star, drilled my diminutive (at the time) son in the middle of the back with an accidental pitch! I thought that my little lefty batter may have been dead at the time and I think that young Josh Spence was a bit concerned too? We're just really delighted that he made it from those memorable early days all the way to the pinnacle of world baseball!


Luke Hughes

No.28

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.28 player to reach the US major leagues on
29 April 2010 (AUS time), 25yo West Australian infielder
LUKE HUGHES.
25yo WA infielder
LUKE HUGHES today (29 April 2010 AUS time) became the 28th Australian to reach the US major league. Hughes made his debut starting at third base for the Minnesota Twins against the Detroit Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, in front of just under 20,000 fans. Batting in the #9 hole, Luke had an unusual first plate appearance with one on and two out in the top of the second inning when, after working a 3-1 count while facing starter Matt Scherzer, he saw team mate Delmon Young out caught stealing third base to end the inning. Still at bat to start the top of the third Luke slammed a 2-2 fastball from Scherzer over the right field fence for a leadoff home run... from his very first major league at bat! In the top of the fourth he flied out to the catcher in foul territory off Scherzer’s second pitch fastball. Then, in the sixth, he grounded out to the third baseman from the first pitch he saw from Aussie compatriot Brad Thomas. Hughes then made the third out in the top of the eighth when he was struck out swinging on a nasty third pitch curveball from Phil Coke. It ended Luke’s debut with the bat at 1-4 (.250) with the RBI coming from the home run that he won’t ever forget. It hardly mattered that his Twins were beaten 6-11 by the hosting Tigers. Welcome to a select and very elite club LUKE HUGHES.


Trent Oeltjen

No.27

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.27 player to reach the US major leagues on 7 August 2009 (AUS time), 26yo New South Wales outfielder TRENT OELTJEN. 26yo NSW outfielder TRENT OELTJEN today (7 August 2009 AUS time) became the 27th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Oeltjen made his big league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks and he was a major part of the 'D-Backs' comeback victory 11-6 over the Pittsburgh Pirates after 12 innings. In fact Trent could hardly have imagined a more exciting big league debut than he experienced in front of 17,311 fans at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Batting in the seven hole and starting at left field, he had a dream beginning when he reached on an infield single in the second inning, then promptly stole second base. In the fourth inning he flied out to right field, followed by a pop out to the second baseman in the sixth. All of those at bats were facing Pirates' starter Kevin Hart. Oeltjen's magic moment arrived when he led off the eighth inning facing Jesse Chavez and he made himself an immediate hero for the 'Snakes' with a towering home run to right field that tied the game and gave his team the opportunity to win in extra innings. Facing Matt Capps in the top of the tenth he bunted into a fielder's choice force out and, although he failed to advance the runner, he made up for this by stealing second base himself for his second theft of the game. Trent was asked to leadoff the 12th with another bunt but it was unsuccessful when he popped up to the catcher. It didn't stop him enjoying Arizona's dramatic win, or from enjoying a wonderful debut in the major leagues. You've made it Trent!


Brad Harman

No.26

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.26 player to reach the US major leagues on
23 April 2008 (AUS time), 22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN
.
22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN today (23 April 2008 AUS time) became the 26th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Harman made his big league debut as a pinch hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies during their 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies in front of a 26,665 crowd at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado. In fact our Brad was to make the last out of the game for the Phillies when he replaced Ryan Madson as a pinch hitter with two out in the top of the ninth. Brad battled Rockies closer Manny Corpas until he popped out to short stop on his fifth pitch fastball. He was then lifted before the bottom of the ninth in a defensive adjustment when he was replaced by closing pitcher Brad Lidge. ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ CONGRATULATES Brad on making it all the way to the top and we hope that he gets plenty more opportunities to become a regular big league player.


Richard Thompson
No.25

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.25 player to reach the US major leagues on
1 September 2007 (US time), 23yo NSW RH pitcher RICHARD THOMPSON.
 
After climbing to ‘AAA’ level and performing extremely well towards the end of the 2007 season, Australian RICHARD (the Americans like to call him RICH) THOMPSON took advantage of the expanded September rosters to become our 25th major league player. Thompson was immediately thrust into action to pitch the top of the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels during their 6-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, witnessed by 38,342 home fans at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim. He started superbly by having Jason Botts struck out swinging on his fourth pitch which was a canny off speed offering. He followed by having young star Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging on six pitches, whiffing at the last two 94mph heaters. He was then a touch unfortunate when Ian Kinsler sliced a tidy "low and away" full-count pitch for a soft floater to right field. Richard concluded his scoreless inning of work today by having Ramon Vasquez ground out to the second baseman. His debut day was done with a most satisfying and memorable
1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA), with 12 of his 19 pitches thrown for strikes… way to go RICH!


Ryan
Rowland-Smith

No.24

24yo NSW right-hander RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH became Australia's 24th player to reach baseball's pinnacle of the US major leagues when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners against the Cincinnati Reds on 23 June 2007 (AUS date) at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. A crowd of 46,340 were on hand to witness the latest Aussie big leaguer make his first out, and one that will be written into folklore, when he had future Hall-Of-Fame great Ken Griffey Junior struck out swinging to end the 6th inning. It could not take the gloss from Ryan's impressive big league debut that his team was already trailing by the ugly final score of 1-16 when he returned to polish off the top of the seventh inning. He had Jeff Conine ground out to the third baseman, before finding himself under a little pressure when Adam Dunn singled to left field and Edwin Encarnacion reached by the unusual route of catcher's interference. He escaped the jam by having Alex Gonzalez fly out to left field and then Josh Hamilton struck out swinging. In all Rowland-Smith threw a high-quality 15 of 20 pitches for strikes for a memorable debut of 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA).


Phil Stockman

Australia's
No.2
3

 

 

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.23 player to reach the US major leagues on
15 June 2006 (US time), 6'8", 26yo Queensland RH pitcher PHIL STOCKMAN 

Australia salutes its 23rd player to reach the pinnacle of world baseball in the US major leagues with the debut of Queensland's 6'8" pitching giant PHIL STOCKMAN for the famous Atlanta Braves. Stockman, who arrived at Atlanta from the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, has earned his call-up to the struggling Braves' big league roster after his outstanding form at 'AAA' Richmond and 'AA' Mississippi this season. Stockman made his debut pitching the bottom of the eighth inning for the Braves in their 2-3 loss to the Florida Marlins in front of a paltry 7,162 hard-core fans at Miami's Dolphins Stadium. 
'Big Phil' did not allow any further damage to the scoreboard, even after the first batter he faced, Jeremy Hermida slapped a double to right field on a full count. He then got an assist for fielding a sacrifice bunt from Alfredo Amezaga for his first major league out. Stockman tidied up the inning by leaving Hermida stranded on third when he induced Miguel Olivio to fly out on a 3-1 pitch and then pinch-hitter Joe Borchard lined out sharply to centrefield. In all Stockman threw 9 of his 17 pitches for strikes in a quite impressive debut performance of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA). Nice job "big fella"!


Peter Moylan

Australia's
No.2
2

 

 

 

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.22 player to reach the US major leagues on
13 April 2006 (US time), 27yo Victorian utility / RH pitcher PETER MOYLAN.
 
So, here's one for "Ripleys Believe it or Not?" Peter Moylan, as the commentators at the recent World Baseball Classic would constantly remind us, is the previously unknown pharmaceuticals salesman from Melbourne, Australia who somehow rose from obscurity to find a three-quarter arm fastball in the 95mph range that dazzled some of the major leagues best hitters. 'Big Pete' Moylan is not such a surprise to Australian baseball fans as a guy who has been at the forefront of Aussie baseball for some time. In fact, to explain his versatility, Peter Flintoff recently witnessed him playing at third base and smashing two monster home runs for his Victorian club team Blackburn against the powerhouse club Waverley... he also recently played at first base and pitched in relief for Victoria at the Claxton Shield... that is the type of player that Moylan is! In fact, it was the somewhat eye-catching and remarkable side-arm velocity of Moylan at Blacktown in 2006 that led legendary Australian scout and pitching great Phil Dale to sign Moylan on a minor league contract to join the famous Atlanta Braves. Fast forward to 13 April 2006 and there we find Peter Moylan summoned from the Braves bullpen at Turner Field, in front of 37,107 fans to pitch late relief against the Philadelphia Phillies who were already on their way to a 7-5 victory. Moylan pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k to become the 22nd Australian player to reach the US major leagues. Pete entered the game in the eighth inning to induce a fly out from Ryan Howard before David Bell drove a two-base hit. He then had catcher Mike Leiberthal pop out to first before halting the inning with David Delluci called out on strikes. In all he threw 16 pitches on debut and nine of them were for strikes. Way to go PETE!


Chris Oxspring
Australia's
No.2
1

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.21 player to reach the US major leagues on
2 September 2005 (US time), 28yo Queensland born RH pitcher CHRIS OXSPRING.
 
Australia's 2004 Olympic silver medal star CHRIS OXSPRING has had to be patient before becoming the 21st Aussie to reach the US major leagues. In his fifth season with the San Diego Padres organisation, Chris has steadily worked his way through the minor leagues and has been a steady performer at 'AAA' level for the past two seasons. He finally received the ultimate reward with his call-up to the Padres big league roster this week and with his major league debut today.
Chris was immediately handed a daunting task, coming in after just 1.2 innings to relieve the Padres ailing starter Brian Lawrence who had already allowed five runs. However, while he was touched for a couple of home runs, he also struck out seven in what was a promising debut in the context of a game that was already out of hand for his team. Whatever, he will never forget his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers in front of 18,000 fans at Miller Park. Well done Chris, you have deserved it!
He pitched 5.1ip 6h 5er 3bb 7k (8.44ERA) in the Padres 12-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.


Justin Huber
Australia's
No.20

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.20 player to reach the US major leagues on
21 June 2005 (US time), 23yo VICT infielder JUSTIN HUBER.
 
Originally a highly regarded prospect as a catcher in the New York Mets organisation, the strapping Melbourne raised Huber has also had to endure an injury hindered apprenticeship as a baseball professional. But, having been traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2004, the opportunity to make a rapid rise to the big leagues opened up for Justin after the Royals converted him to a first baseman.
Finally, in front of 28,206 opposition fans at the Chicago White Sox home park US Cellular Field, Huber was summoned from the bench in the 9th inning of a 5-1 loss to pinch hit in place of regular first baseman Matt Stairs. He was caught on a solidly hit fly ball to centre field off Sox reliever Damasco Marte to start his career with 0-1, but simply making his debut will be more than enough excitement for Justin Huber on this day! We hope he has many, many more big days in the US major leagues! Good Luck Justin!


Glenn Williams
Australia's
No.19

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.19 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 June 2005 (US time), 27yo NSW infielder GLENN WILLIAMS.
 
Having been signed as a "golden boy" of Australian baseball, Sydney's Glenn Williams has been made to endure a tough apprenticeship, working his way up through the ranks with the Toronto Blue Jays and having established himself as a quality performer at 'AAA' level over the past few years. Maybe his career break arrived when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for season 2005, culminating in his major league debut.
Williams made a dream start to his 'big league' career for the Minnesota Twins in their away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark. Glenn delivered a two-out, pinch hit single to second base off the experienced Shawn Estes in the sixth inning to advance a couple of team mates on the bases. He can always say that he made his major league debut with a hit in his first at bat... Way to go Glenn!


Travis Blackley
Australia's
No.18

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.18 player to reach the US major leagues on 1 July 2004 (US time), 21yo Victorian left-hand pitching star TRAVIS BLACKLEY. 
After earning his promotion via outstanding performances in the minor leagues over the past couple of years, Blackley took the mound for the Seattle Mariners in his major league debut in front of 35,966 fans at SAFECO Field. Not only did young Travis make his 'big league' debut, but he also performed superbly to pick up the WIN as the Mariners topped the visiting Texas Rangers 8-4. Blackley, signed as a free agent in 2000, worked the first 5.2 innings, departing to a standing ovation after surrendering a three-run home run to Kevin Mench that chopped a six-run Seattle lead in half. This aside, he shackled the very dangerous Rangers lineup with a magnificent start of 5.2ip 6h 4er 3bb 4k.


Travis Blackley


No.17 - ML Aust
Micheal Nakamura

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2003.
On Saturday, 7th June 2003 (US time) Melbourne pitcher MICHEAL NAKAMURA  became the 17th Australian player to play in the US major leagues. Nakamura made his stunning debut in front of nearly 32,000 fans at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Nakamura could hardly have been more impressive coming in with two runners on board in the top of the 8th innings, getting a HUGE strikeout to end the innings, then completing the save with a blank in the ninth innings... he pitched 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k... WAY TO GO!!

 


Chris Snelling
Australia's
No.15 in MLB

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2002 CHRIS SNELLING who made his big league debut with.the  Seattle Mariners on 26 May 2002 against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. Snelling became our 15th Australian major leaguer!

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's latest major league baseball "ambassador" JOHN STEPHENS who made his big league debut with the  Baltimore Orioles on 30 July 2002 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field, in Tampa. Stephens becomes our 16th Australian major leaguer!


John Stephens
Australia's
No.16 in MLB