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:
Most recently MLB organizations have sent over top prospects such 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 you play for the ABL?
If you are interested in playing for the ABL please fill out the Player Enquiry Form below. A representative from the ABL will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.