Jul 4, 2011

A few updates heading into the All Star break

There's a fair bit happening in the Oz MLB player scene at the moment, with a number of Aussies playing pretty much every day, and plenty of Aussies tearing it up in the minors as well. Here are a few tidbits from around the internet that you might find interesting:

  • Josh Spence made his major league debut recently with the San Diego Padres. On the day of his first appearance, the Southern Stars Baseball Development Tour was in attendance at Petco Park. It looks like they had a blast, and they were lucky enough to hang out with Josh for a while. You can view a bunch of pictures from the day on their facebook page

  • Ryan Rowland-Smith featured in a short article on the international players at the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Rowland-Smith is currently on the disabled list following a hand injury he picked up while attempting a bunt. In his last ten games he is 2-5 with a 6.14 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 22 walks.
  • Grant Balfour had been in some contention for picking up an All Star berth for the Oakland Athletics, however he ended up missing out. Gio Gonzalez got the gig for the A's, and Balfour remains on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Balfour did however recently speak with 'The Chief', and you can hear the short podcast here
  • Mitch Dening is starting to find some form in AA at Portland. He had struggled a little through the start of the season, however he is hitting .333 in his last ten games, with four doubles and a home run
  • A couple of other Sydney Blue Sox are off to flying starts at the Lowell Spinners. Boss Moanaroa is hitting .256 over the first 13 games, with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Brother Moko has not had as many chances, but has picked up a home run and two singles in his ten at-bats. 
  • Pitching for the State College Spikes, South Australia's Mitch Fienemann has allowed just one earned run in 8.2 innings. He has a 0-2 record and two saves. 
  • David Kandilas has been lighting it up in the Pioneer Rookie League. Just the other week he hit for the cycle, and again today he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four runs scored and two RBI. On the season thus far, he is hitting .347, with three doubles, five triples, one homerun and 10 RBI. He recently talked with the Casper Ghosts pre-game show about hitting for the cycle - thanks to Adam Spolane from the Casper Ghosts, you can download the interview here