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Aces with World at their feet
Melbourne boast six on Australia's WBC roster
01/18/2013 11:31 AM ET
 

LAVERTON - The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces are proud to boast six players selected in Team Australia's provisional 28-man roster for the World Baseball Classic on March 2-19.

In-form third baseman Josh Davies leads an Aces contingent which includes Brad Harman, Adam Bright, Andrew Russell, James Beresford and veteran Justin Huber.

Davies has put together a fine 2012-13 campaign which includes a .315 average, 19 runs batted in and two long balls.

Meanwhile, Brad Harman's selection comes as no surprise after the powerful second baseman monstered the World All-Stars in last month's ConocoPhillips Australian Baseball League All-Star Game, presented by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking.

Harman led Team Australia to a 6-4 victory with four runs batted in from two hits - a double and home run.

Adam Bright and Andrew Russell, fresh off a successful stint at AAA level in the Atlanta Braves organisation, look set to join Team Australia's bullpen.

Bright has put up solid numbers in relief and as a starter for the Aces. The crafty left-hander boasts 1-1 record (3.30 earned run average) allowing just 11 runs from 30 innings pitched while striking out 27.

Former Atlanta Braves reliever Peter Moylan, who recently signed a AAA contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is the seventh Victorian on the squad.

Meanwhile, Aces manager Phil Dale returns as Team Australia's pitching coach.

Aces general manager Windsor Knox said, "We are very proud to have so many of our players represent Team Australia at the WBC. Victoria continues to produce quality players and is a testament to the programs we have in the state.

Team Australia manager Jon Deeble is confident in the Australian talent and says consistency will be the key to Australia's performance.

"We have a good young energetic team; it's a comparable team to our 2009 WBC roster and we had success there against home side Mexico and were also strong against Cuba," Deeble said in a statement.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.