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Final Delta weekly awards go to Casteel, Whalen
Round 13 honourees faced off in season's final series
01/28/2014 7:17 PM ET
Casteel (left) finished his season strong while Whalen helped the Blue Sox to second place.
Casteel (left) finished his season strong while Whalen helped the Blue Sox to second place. (SMP Images)

SYDNEY - With the last round of regular season play in the books, Ryan Casteel of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces and Connor Whalen of the Sydney Blue Sox have been named as the Round 13 Delta Air Lines Players of the Week, the last weekly honours of the 2013/14 ABL regular season.

Although the Aces ultimately came up short in their pursuit of a playoff spot, Casteel ended the season on a high note. In his last series of 2013/14, the catcher had a brilliant performance, going 9-from-15 from the plate (.600) with a home run, two doubles, six runs batted in, two runs scored and 14 total bases. Although the season did not end how Castell would have liked, he certainly could not have played much better down than stretch as he solidified himself as a legitimate MVP candidate. 

After his monster Round 13 performance, Casteel will end the season as the league leader in batting average (.343), home runes (11) and slugging percentage (.614). The Colorado Rockies prospect experienced great success in his first season Down Under and should have heaps of confidence as he travels back home to pursue his dream of playing in the Major Leagues. Unfortunately for Casteel his impressive first season in the Australian Baseball League brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking must come to an end, but he certainly went out with a bang.

Casteel was not the only player to end the regular season on a high note as Blue Sox pitcher Connor Whalen had his best performance of the season in Round 13. The Blue Sox Ace pitched his team into the playoffs on Saturday as he picked up the win against Melbourne. He threw eight strong innings in which he struck out three batters and allowed just one run off four hits.

Whalen has been Sydney's most reliable pitcher throughout the course of the entire year. He ended the regular season with an impressive record of 6-3. His six wins were the second most in the league and just one behind the league leader. The southpaw also finished the season with the seventh most innings pitched (66.1) and the fifth most strikeouts (54). The Blue Sox will face the Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault in the Preliminary Finals and will need Whalen to provide them with another impressive start if they want to take down the defending champions.

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