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Playing with the ABL

What is the Australian Baseball League?
The ABL is Australia's premiere professional baseball competition, and will enter its sixth season of action in October of 2015.

A landmark partnership between Baseball Australia, Major League Baseball, and the Australian Sports Commission, the ABL features a 45-game season and serves to elevate baseball's profile on the Australian sports landscape as well as fuel participation in the game. The ABL seeks to showcase, on home soil, the enormously talented Australian baseball players who, for decades, have excelled on the international level.

What types of players play in the ABL?
ABL teams boast elite national players from across Australia along with personnel from Major League Baseball feeder clubs (Minor League Baseball), the Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB, Japan), the Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO), and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). The ABL will pioneer the pathway of development for many emerging Australian baseball talents, as well as offer a highly competitive alternative offseason league for competitions hosted in the northern hemisphere.

Who currently plays in the ABL?
Priority concern for the ABL is Australian professionals. A sample of Australians currently playing in either the MLB or a Triple-A affiliated club include:

  • James Beresford - Minnesota Twins
  • Travis Blackley - Miami Marlins
  • Liam Hendriks - Toronto Blue Jays
  • Matt Kennelly - Atlanta Braves
  • Peter Moylan - Atlanta Braves

Secondary concentration for the ABL is unsigned Australian professional prospects. In order to help speed up the development process, professional prospects from MLB are assigned by their club to the ABL. Some MLB players who have spent time in the ABL include:

  • Brandon Barnes - ABL 2011/12
  • Didi Gregorius - ABL 2010/11
  • Kevin Kiermaier - ABL 2011/12
  • Brandon Maurer - ABL 2010/11

Since the ABL's inception for the 2010/11 season, MLB organisations have sent over such top prospects as:

  • Denny Almonte - Seattle Mariners (Adelaide, 2011/12)
  • Brandon Barnes - Houston Astros (Sydney, 2011/12)
  • Tyler Collins - Detroit Tigers (2011/12)
  • Ji-Man Choi - Seattle Mariners (Adelaide, 2012/13)
  • Mychal Givens - Baltimore Orioles (2011/12)
  • Brandon Maurer - Seattle Mariners (Adelaide, 2010/11)
  • Hirotoshi Onaka - Texas Rangers (Brisbane, 2012/13)
  • Rinku Singh - Pittsburgh Pirates (Canberra/Adelaide, 2010-13)
  • Brenden Webb - Baltimore Orioles (Perth, 2011-13)
  • J.D. Williams - Minnesota Twins (Sydney, 2012/13)

The ABL also includes professional players assigned by their clubs from Japan, China and Korea. Players representing teams from the Nippon Professional Baseball League, the Korean Baseball Organization, and the Chinese Professional Baseball League include:

  • Reo Chikada - Softbank Hawks
  • Shuhei Fukuda - Softbank Hawks
  • Jun-Hyeok Heo - Lotte Giants
  • Yusei Kikuchi - Saitama Seibu Lions
  • Seung-Hwa Lee - Lotte Giants
  • Akira Nakamura - Softbank Hawks
  • Hiroki Yamada - Softbank Hawks

How do I play for the ABL?
Thank you for your interest in playing for the Australian Baseball League. Please complete the following Player Inquiry Form to register with the league.

We appreciate your interest in playing with the ABL and hope to see you this upcoming season.