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2007 Australian Academy

Hat tip to friend of Global Baseball David Cairns, who sent along a link to information for the 2007 list of players invited to the 2007 MLB Australian Academy. The names can be found here. While Australia’s been pretty short on impact talent lately, anyone you see signing this season out of Australia will almost definitely come from this list.

Occasionally, teams will sign an international kid and, if they are unable to get him a visa in time, they’ll pay him a rookie-ball salary and have him work out at the Australian Academy to get ready to begin affiliated ball the next season.

The players at this year’s academy who are already signed:

Justin Erasmus, RHP, Red Sox
David Harriot, RHP, Red Sox
Michael Lennox, INF, Red Sox
Elliot Biddle, LHP, Twins
Taylor Rowe, RHP, Twins
Kable Hogben, RHP, Diamondbacks
Jacob Reust, RHP, Indians
Ryan Searle, RHP, Cubs
Angus Roeger, Phillies, OF
Lachlan Hodge, Mets, LHP

Deep-minors prospect divers can check out the stats for the MLBAAP here, but keep in mind they mean absolutely nothing.

RHP Tim Stanford, one of the unsigned pitchers out of New South Wales, auditioned for a few teams last year, but experienced a sudden drop in velocity at the exact wrong time.  He was hitting the upper-80s with a decent curve as a 17-year-old last year, but was only throwing 82-83 come tryout time.  He was described by Australia’s #1 player agent Trevor Jarret as “my star prospect” half a year ago, so if his stuff’s back this summer, he’s a likely sign.

Keeping the kids company are a pair of 20-year-olds from Korea and the Czech Republic.

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June 28, 2007 Posted by | Australian Baseball | 8 Comments

Awesome

Amanda Asay, the star catcher/first basewoman who led Canada to the bronze medal at the 2006 Women’s Baseball World Cup, is playing with the boys in the Prince George Senior Baseball League this year, and holding her own, at that.  The league consists mostly of former college players, age 19 and up.

Awesome.

June 28, 2007 Posted by | Awesome, Women's Baseball | 1 Comment