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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?

'Flintoff & Dunn' wish them all good luck and good health for the coming season.
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No.35 - ML Aust

 

 

22 JUN 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD SOLID, LIAM HENDRIKS HASSLED!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


Brandon Maurer

West Aussie LIAM HENDRIKS was one of the Oakland Athletic' pitchers to find the going tough, along with starter Sonny Gray, during their 4-8 loss to the league leading Houston Astros.
Pitching the top of the eighth, Liam was immediately under the pump when Alex Bregman doubled to right to lead off the inning, followed by a walk issued to Jake Marisnick. Hendriks steadied somewhat by getting George Springer to fly out to centre and then punching out Josh Reddick. After a coaching visit to the mound it is likely that Liam was advised to issue a free pass to All Star Jose Altuve that loaded the bags.
The strategy came unstuck when young gun Carlos Correa lined a two RBI single into centre field. With the damage already done, he got veteran catcher Brian McCann to line out to right to end the inning, leaving him with the line of 1.0ip 2h 2r 2er 2bb 1k (4.26 ERA).

WA compatriot WARWICK SAUPOLD supplied a little late relief for the Detroit Tigers with 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (2.66 ERA) near the end of their 4-5 defeat by the Seattle Mariners.
Saupold took over to begin the bottom of the ninth in a tied ballgame and he felt a bit of heat right away when Mike Zunino singled up the middle. He then thwarted a sacrifice bunt attempt by Taylor Motter when he caught a pop up himself. Warwick secured the second out by fanning Ben Gamel, but he didn't get to finish the inning when he hit Mitch Haniger with a pitch.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) grasped his 13th save of the season with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (6.35 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who hung on to beat the World Champion Chicago Cubs 3-2.

Earning his 12th hold of the season was the reliable MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) who pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.50 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who outlasted the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at home.

Warwick Saupold

 


Mychal Givens

20 JUN 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS DOES HIS JOB FOR OAKLAND!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
On this rare occasion, Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS, who was originally a starting pitcher and who has often been the "long man", was called upon to supply a brief outing today for the Oakland Athletics who were stifled 1-4 by the tough Houston Astros. With a runner in scoring position on second and two out in the top of the seventh, Liam walked heavy hitter Jake Marisnick on a full count before deftly picking off the runner on second to end the inning. Having done his job in the seventh Hendriks did not return today, leaving him with the line of 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 1bb 0k (3.82 ERA).

Centrefielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) batted 1-3 (.235) plus a walk this morning, yet it was not enough for the Milwaukee Brewers who were hammered 1-8 by the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Keon Broxton

19 JUN 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD MOST EFFICIENT - PETER MOYLAN OK!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold

 


Didi Gregorius

Australia's WARWICK SAUPOLD keeps putting his hand up for an extended stay in the major leagues with another incredibly efficient effort today when he needed only four pitches to navigate a clean inning for the Detroit Tigers during their 1-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. After the Tigers' pitchers before him had struggled mightily, Warwick put away the top of the eighth when Daniel Robertson grounded his first pitch to the second baseman, Derek Norris lofted his second pitch for a fly out to centrefield and Mallex Smith lasted just two pitches before grounding out to the first baseman. It simply doesn't much more emphatic than his 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (2.75 ERA) today.

Veteran Aussie PETER MOYLAN wasn't quite so quick to put away his scoreless inning today for the Kansas City Royals with 1.0ip 1h 0r 0er 1bb 1k (6.65 ERA) as a middle reliever during their 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Moylan began the top of the seventh by punching out Cameron Maybin before Kole Calhoun got aboard via a one out single to left. Veteran slugger Albert Pujols flied out to left and Yunel Escobar lined out to right to complete the scoreless frame. Pete returned to start the bottom of the eighth, but he was given the hook promptly after issuing a four pitch walk to 'Halos' short stop Andrelton Simmons.

New York Yankees short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) clouted his seventh dinger of the season today while batting 2-4 (.330), yet it was to little avail when his team was edged 3-4 by the feisty Oakland Athletics.

Starting centrefielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) batted 1-3 (.234) for the Milwaukee Brewers to help them to sneak past the San Diego Padres 2-1 this morning.


Peter Moylan

 


Keon Broxton

18 JUN 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS SUBDUES YANKEES FOR SIXTH HOLD!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Aussie star LIAM HENDRIKS might have been a trifle fortunate to pick up a win from his last outing, but there was nothing fortunate about his most impressive outing this morning that earned him his sixth hold of the season as he helped the Oakland Athletics to prevail 5-2 over the New York Yankees. Liam threw nine of eleven pitches for strikes to post a really efficient 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (3.86 ERA) while tucking away a clean top of the sixth inning. In short order Liam fanned both Didi Gregorius and Chris Carter ahead of getting Ronald Torreyes to ground out to the second baseman. It was a thoroughly convincing performance from our man today. DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) came up empty in this game with 0-4 (.326) as a rare barren day for him lately.

An infielder during his season in the ABL, MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) pitched another most valuable outing of 2.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 3k (2.57 ERA) in relief for the Baltimore Orioles who outslugged the St. Louis Cardinals 15-7 today. Also contributing briefly for the 'O Birds' was outfielder JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) who scored a run as a pinch runner in this game.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) wasn't so effective today with 1.0ip 2h 2er 0bb 0k (6.51 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who hung on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 in eleven innings.

Mychal Givens

17 JUN 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS WINS 3RD; WARWICK SAUPOLD STRONG!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

 


Warwick Saupold

Australian LIAM HENDRIKS responded well to another "high leverage situation" to ultimately be rewarded with his his third win of the season when his Oakland Athletics won a topsy-turvy 8-7 game against the New York Yankees over ten innings. Liam wasn't exactly unscathed while pitching the top of the tenth in Oakland Coliseum, yet you have to take the good with the bad as a relief pitcher and, in this case, he'll take it!
He started the inning well by striking out Austin Romine, but the pressure came when Brett Gardner singled into right and Rob Refsnyder followed with a fortunate soft roller to the third baseman for an infield single. After Refsnyder stole second base to open first base, it became a "no brainer" to issue an intentional walk to young powerhouse Aaron Judge. Unfortunately for Hedriks, he couldn't prevent Starlin Castro from lifting a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run. Most importantly, he prevented further damage by striking out experienced slugger Matt Hoiday to end the inning. It was a pivotal moment that gave the A's a chance to rally back for the big walk off victory in the home half of the tenth. The line of 1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 2k improved Liam's season record to 3-1, 3.99 ERA. In the opposing camp, DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-5 (.333) with a run scored for the Yanks.

Fellow West Aussie WARWICK SAUPOLD contributed two clean innings for the Detroit Tigers today as part of their big 13-4 home win over the Tampa Bay Rays today. Warwick came to the mound with a runner on first and nobody out in the top of the seventh and he immediately took control with a ground ball double play when Jesus Sucre rolled one to the second baseman, then he ended the inning with Peter Bourjos grounding out to the first baseman. He then returned for the top of the eighth with a three up, three down inning as Steven Souza Jr. flied out to centre field, Corey Dickerson grounded out to short and Michael Martinez flied out to centre. His 2.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (2.98 ERA) was a very worthwhile outing.
 

 

 

 


Didi Gregorius

15 JUN 2017 - PETER MOYLAN HOLDS; LIAM HENDRIKS WORKS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan


Brandon Maurer

Seasoned Australian reliever PETER MOYLAN required just the one out to collect his ninth hold of the season this morning with 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (6.95 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals in their 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. With two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Pete did his job by getting All Star Catcher Buster Posey grounding out back to the mound for Moylan to complete the big inning ending assist.

Aussie right hander LIAM HENDRIKS was made to work a bit to get through the sixth inning today while pitching relief for the Oakland Athletics during their 6-11 away loss to the Miami Marlins today.
Liam needed to throw 27 pitches to record 1.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 2k (3.81 ERA). It all began with Team USA star Christian Yelich poking a leadoff single up the middle that lead to a stolen base, then Marcell Ozuna delivered a RBI double into centre field. After that rather rude greeting, Hendriks held firm to strike out both J.T. Realmuto and Derek Deitrich before getting Tyler Moore to fly out to right to end the inning.

BRANDON MAURER (Adelaide Bite 2011) responded well to his return to the closer's role today by earning his 12th save of the season with a tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (6.15 ERA) for the San Diego Padres who doubled the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.

As today's starting left fielder and leadoff hitter JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) batted a handy 2-4 (.275) with a run scored for the Baltimore Orioles who still fell 1-6 to the home standing Chicago White Sox.


Liam Hendriks


Joey Rickard

12 JUN 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS COPS BLOWN SAVE IN TAMPA BAY!
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 took his second blown save of the season yesterday after pitching 0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 1k (3.62 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics in their narrow 4-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Liam had a 4-3 lead when he took the hill for the bottom of the sixth, but it didn't last long when Tampa's leadoff batter Colby Rasmus homered over centre field to tie it up. Tim Beckham followed with a single to the third baseman before Hendriks steadied to have Derek Norris fly out to right and Daniel Robertson struck out swinging to end his day.

New York Yankees short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) keeps his average solidly above the .300 plateau with 2-5 (.327) in their big 14-3 thrashing of the Baltimore Orioles.

Didi Gregorius

11 JUN 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD & LIAM HENDRIKS BOTH TAKE LOSSES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold

 

 


Peter Moylan

Aussie reliever WARWICK SAUPOLD found his recent run of brilliant form hit the proverbial wall today when he ran into a buzz saw of Boston Red Sox offence near the end of his Detroit Tigers' 3-11 loss at Fenway Park. With the game delicately poised at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Warwick was asked to get the third out with one runner aboard and he obliged by getting the dangerous Mookie Betts to fly out to centre field. However, it didn't go so well for Saupold when he returned for the bottom of the seventh when the Red Sox rallied via the heart of their lineup with Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts both nailing singles to set up Mitch Moreland's two RBI double. He struck out Andrew Benintendi and got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to short either side of a wild pitch, then he intentionally walked Jackie Bradley Jnr. A third run was added to his account when Josh Rutledge came through with another RBI single before our guy was given the hook.
In the process Saupold was saddled with his first loss of the season while pitching 1.0ip 4h 3r 3er 1bb 1k as his record slipped to 1-1, 3.24 ERA.

Fellow West Aussie reliever LIAM HENDRIKS also took a loss this morning in the nightcap of a double header for his Oakland Athletics who were pipped in the tenth inning 5-6 by the home standing Tampa Bay Rays.
It all ended rather abruptly for Liam when he took the ball for the bottom of the tenth and Tampa pounced upon him via a Peter Bourjos leadoff single, a wild pitch and Evan Longoria's game winning, walkoff RBI single into left. His line of 0.0ip 2h 1r 1er 0bb 0k left him with a 2-1, 3.38 ERA record.

At least veteran PETER MOYLAN came through unscathed after getting just the one out for the Kansas City Royals during their easy 12-6 doubling of the San Diego Padres. Pete's 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (7.06 ERA) came with two on and two out when he got Jose Pirela to ground out to end the bottom of the eighth.

DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) spanked his sixth long ball of the season today while batting 2-5 (.325) with two RBIs to help pad the flying New York Yankees huge 16-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) came into the game as defensive replacement at centrefield for the O's to bat a perfect 1-1 (.269) with a RBI and a run scored in the losing cause.

Liam Hendriks

 

 


Didi Gregorius

 

  
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No.9 - ML Aust
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Phil Stockman
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Ryan Row'd-Smith
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Richard Thompson
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Brad Harman
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Trent Oeltjen
     
No.28 - ML Aust
Luke Hughes
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Josh Spence
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Liam Hendriks
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Warwick Saupold
No.33 - ML Aust
James Beresford
     

 


James Beresford

No.33

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.33 player to reach the US Major Leagues.
As Australian baseball devotees we are entitled to suggest that it is LONG overdue, however, today we will put that aside to simply delight in the fact that Australia's 27yo star
JAMES BERESFORD has finally been rewarded with a richly deserved major league debut this morning 11 Sept 2016 (AUS time).
It has taken ten long years, or to be a tad dramatic nearly 3,500 calendar days, of toil in the minor leagues for Beresford to be given an opportunity that his consistent brilliance has very often deserved before now. To put this in greater perspective, James has played 1,070 minor league games since his debut in 2007 and the last 440 of those at 'AAA' level where he has consistently excelled both offensively and defensively. The career shortstop and junior starting pitcher has built his recent reputation as an elite middle infielder and high-average hitter, but this season he has been asked to become more of a utility infielder by adding the corner infield positions to his repertoire. This may be significant insofar as his major league debut comes as the starting third baseman and #8 slot hitter for the Minnesota Twins who faced the contending Cleveland Indians in front of 23,584 home fans at Target Field today.
His first action came when he initiated a very neat double play in the top of the second inning before getting his first plate appearance in the home half of the same frame. With one on and one out, he didn't fail to pull the trigger by slapping the first major league pitch he faced from Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger to the first baseman who forced out the runner at second base for a fielder's choice. Beresford then led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield grounder that was snagged by relief pitcher Perci Garner for the force out at first.
A magic moment arrived for Beresford in the bottom of the seventh when he hit safely in his debut game by rifling a pitch from Shawn Armstrong back up the middle for a leadoff single that clearly energised the home fans. James was left stranded on second base as the game remained deadlocked at 1-1. Up again in the bottom of the ninth Beresford, quite typically, did his job by professionally executing a sacrifice bunt off Bryan Shaw after team mate Kurt Suzuki had walked to lead off the inning. Unfortunately it did not result in the winning run as the game ventured into extra innings.
After making another neat defensive play in the top of the twelfth, James led off the bottom of the same inning with a sharp line out to left field off Joe Colon.
Memorably for James Beresford, who is the ultimate competitor, the Twins did the right thing by celebrating a terrific debut game via winning in dramatic fashion with a tense walkoff 2-1 victory in the bottom of the twelfth!!!
For an Australian National team fixture and former junior prodigy, his destiny has now been achieved!!


Warwick Saupold

No.32

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.32 player to reach the US major leagues on
15 May 2016 (AUS time), 26yo West Australian right hand Pitcher
WARWICK SAUPOLD.
Well subscribers, it has been a very long time coming - over four and a half years - 1,712 days in fact, since his former West Australian team mate LIAM HENDRIKS became the 31st Aussie to ascend to the US major leagues with the Minnesota Twins.
Warwick virtually knocked the door down for a big league call-up by owning a 3-1, 2.37 ERA record from eight outings at 'AAA" Toledo this season that has included four starts. He made his major league debut for the Detroit Tigers on the road in Baltimore at Oriole Park, Camden Yards at the end of his team's 3-9 loss to the O's. 32,174 fans saw our latest Aussie big leaguer take the ball for the last couple of outs just after Jonathan Schoop had clocked a grand slam home run to pad the Orioles' lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With just two pitches he had Hyun Soo Kim ground out to the second baseman before recent ABL import JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) singled into left field. He was stranded on base when Saupold had young star Manny Machado ground back to the mound for his own assist.
His debut pitching line was 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA). Once again our hearty congratulations to you Warwick!


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