LAVERTON - The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces' SuperSeven campaign today reveals the signing of young gun, Darryl George.
After spending the off-season with Tampa Bay Rays minor league affiliate, the Princeton Rays, where he batted 0.260 with two home runs and 28 runs batted in, the Australian Baseball League season can't come fast enough.
"I'm definitely playing with a lot more confidence than I was a year ago. Seeing the hard work pay off this year has given me a little boost, and hopefully it continues to do so this summer," George said.
The move to Altona is an exciting one for George, who spent time watching the Melbourne Monarchs play at the ground in the first incarnation of the ABL, before playing club ball at the venue for the Werribee Giants. "Because I grew up only 15 minutes from the venue, it's going to feel like I'm playing in my own backyard. I can't wait."
George said he was looking forward to chasing Claxton Shield glory with teammates (Sam Gibbons, Josh Hendricks and Liam Bedford) after playing against the Aces rising stars during the northern summer in the United States.
Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces manager, Phil Dale, said George would be judged by his work at the plate. "He's getting better and better, I expect bigger things for him this season," Dale said. "Darryl will get a chance to play third base. I expect his bat to be one of the best in the league, especially as he gets older and more mature."
Name: Darryl George
Recruited from: Werribee Giants/Tampa Bay Rays
ABL Games: 32