Playing with the ABL
What is the Australian Baseball League?
The ABL is Australia's premiere professional baseball competition, and will enter its fourth season of action in November of 2013.
A landmark partnership between the Australian Baseball Federation, 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. Australians currently playing in either the MLB or a Triple-A affiliated club include:
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:
Since the ABL's inception for the 2010/11 season, MLB organisations have sent over such top prospects as:
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:
How do I play for the ABL?
Thank you for your interest in playing for the Australian Baseball League. For the 2013/14 season, the ABL will be conducting a draft as a part of our player recruitment process. The ABL Draft application for the 2013/14 season is now closed. Please check back next offseason for information concerning our 2014/15 campaign.
The ABL Draft has been designed to give each ABL team a fair and equal chance at acquiring players they are interested in. Please understand that in entering the ABL Draft, there will be a $10 non-refundable administrative fee. Your entry in the ABL Draft does NOT guarantee that you, nor any player, will be drafted by any specific ABL team. Additionally, it does not guarantee that any player will be drafted by any team at all.
We appreciate your interest in playing with the ABL and hope to see you this upcoming season.