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Melbourne Rangers: Aces take awards
Texas imports Buckel, Deglan claim Delta Round 4 honours
11/24/2014 9:48 PM ET
Cody Buckel (left) and Kellin Deglan during their Round 4 series versus Sydney.
Cody Buckel (left) and Kellin Deglan during their Round 4 series versus Sydney. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

SYDNEY - From the Lone Star State to Melbourne Ballpark, Texas Rangers imports Cody Buckel and Kellin Deglan have followed similar paths during their North American baseball offseason. Now, they'll share Australian Baseball League hardware. Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces teammates Buckel and Deglan have been named the league's Delta Air Lines Pitcher and Player of the Week for their team's Round 4 series split with the Sydney Blue Sox.

A 2010 second-round MLB Draft selection of the Rangers, Buckel dominated in his Round 4 start against Sydney. The 22-year-old from California struck out 12 Blue Sox batters while allowing just one unearned run on four hits and one walk over seven innings. Buckel lowered his ERA from 3.38 to 1.80 while picking up his second consecutive victory in Melbourne's 4-2 Friday night win.

Through his first 15 ABL innings pitched over three appearances, Buckel has allowed just three earned runs and has struck out 19 batters while walking only four. His earned run average ranks fifth-best in the ABL, and his opponents' batting average allowed, at a paltry .222, also ranks fifth in the league. Buckel spent his most recent Minor League Baseball season with Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach and went 5-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 34 appearances, 30 of them coming in relief.

Deglan sparked his season at the plate with a terrific showing versus the Blue Sox in Round 4. The Canadian catcher/first baseman batted .412 (7-from-17) with three doubles, two home runs, and eight runs batted in. Deglan lifted his average from .206 to .275, his on-base percentage from .250 to .315, and his slugging percentage from .500 to .647 with his prolific weekend.

Taken one round before Buckel in the 2010 draft, Deglan spent the 2014 season with two Rangers affiliates. The 22-year-old batted .247/.314/.450 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs between Class A Hickory and Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach in 101 games.

Melbourne won two of their four games against Sydney, finishing Round 4 with a 4-8 overall record. The Aces travel to Brisbane for a Round 5 series against the Bandits.

Single-game tickets and season memberships are available for all six ABL clubs on TheABL.com.au. Tickets are also on sale now for the 2014 ABL All-Star Game to be held at Melbourne Ballpark on 17 December. Visit TheABL.com.au/ASG14 for more information.

Tyler Maun is the ABL's staff writer and a contributor to MiLB.com, the Official Site of Minor League Baseball. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.