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Harman Primed for All-Star Appearance
Last year's MVP looks to come up big for Team Australia again
12/17/2013 10:07 PM ET
 (SMP Images/ABL Media)

As the mid-way point of the ABL regular season goes flying by and with the All-Star Game just one day away, one thing is for certain; Brad Harman is back to his devastating best.

Harman, last years All-Star Game MVP, will represent his country for the second time in an ABL All-Star Game this Wednesday night at the Melbourne Ballpark in Laverton.

After an extremely successful six summers in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, Harman burst onto the ABL scene for the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces in 2011. Over 34 games he racked up 43 hits, 32 RBI's and a record breaking 15 home runs. He gave the Aces a legitimate stud in their batting lineup and quickly became a fan favorite.

After a down season for Melbourne in 2012, the Aces are making a big push for playoffs in 2013 and Brad Harman is right at the front of that push.

Aces Head Coach Phil Dale say's that it's not just his on field performance that makes Harman a vital part of this team. "He's been around the game for so long, he's played for team Australia, in the minor leagues and even in the majors. Anyone with that much experience is great to have in the locker room."

His batting numbers are impressive; a .288 average, 19 hits, 11 RBI's and five home run's from 19 games, but it's what he's done defensively that has really stood out.

He has dominated the Aces infield, prowling between the second and third base line, routinely making incredible, acrobatic plays something which coach Dale say's he's been doing for years. "He makes plays defensively that just make you shake your head. I've seen him make plays playing for team Australia where even the opposition just stand up and applaud him."

Phil also said that Brad is not only looking forward to pulling on the green and gold and playing for team Australia but he's also really excited to take on some of his Melbourne team mates. He'll be dueling with pitchers Joe Burns and Brett Zawacki whilst trying to contain hot Aces hitters Ryan Casteel, Jared Schlehuber and Komei Fujisawa.

"It's a great opportunity for all the guys to get together and have a lot of fun playing against each other whilst showcasing their skills to a larger audience."

It's a great honor to represent your country in professional sports. It's something reserved for only the most capable athletes. Australian teams are always known for playing hard and fair and never giving up till the final whistle blows. Brad Harman optimizes what it means to play for Australia.

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