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Former big leaguer Oeltjen to lead prospect tour
05/18/2015 3:18 AM ET
Former Major Leaguer and recently-retired Blue Sox Trent Oeltjen will lead a tour of Australian junior players in the USA, including stops at baseball academies in California and Arizona.
Former Major Leaguer and recently-retired Blue Sox Trent Oeltjen will lead a tour of Australian junior players in the USA, including stops at baseball academies in California and Arizona. (Joe Vella - SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY, 18 May - Sydney Blue Sox star and former Major League player Trent Oeltjen has seen much success in his baseball career and is ready to help young Australians achieve their baseball dream.

Oeltjen has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers, and is an Olympic silver-medallist, but beyond all that his true passion is to develop grassroots baseball in Australia.

Through his networks in the United States, Trent has established and will present an amazing opportunity for junior Australian players to follow in his footsteps. His years of international experience places him in the best position to provide the highest level of knowledge and expertise to help young prospects progress to the next level.

The two-week tour based in California and Arizona will provide unprecedented baseball opportunities. The prospects will be exposed to high-level coaching from Trent and his staff who will be present the entire trip to supervise, travel, and run training programs and games.

The prospects will have a chance to train and play at the famed Garciaparra Academy in Arizona, a college program geared towards kids' development to help them achieve their goals of playing college baseball and beyond.

The program boasts the best coaches to help their talent along with a plethora of college and major league scouts who are constantly in the hunt for up and coming talent.

Following the Garciaparra visit there will be an opportunity to participate in the Arizona Fall Classic, which is an invite only tournament. This competition serves a purpose for international prospects to showcase their skills in front of college recruiters and major league scouts.

Run by Ted Hyde, a high-level international scout for the Seattle Mariners, the Arizona Fall Classic will give the prospects the platform to demonstrate the skills acquired during the tour.

To add, games will be played at the Grand Canyon Community College in Arizona, to give prospects a chance to experience playing baseball at the US collegiate level. All the games will be managed by Trent Oeltjen and his staff to maintain the highest level of quality.

Players will also get to experience and participate in the following:

  • Attend two MLB games complete with on-field VIP experience
  • Attend a College Football game in Arizona
  • Have some down time and go to theme parks throughout California
  • Attend several college campus tours

The price of the tour $6500.00 (plus GST) which includes airfares and accommodation.

Baseball NSW are now looking for expressions of interest for the tour. Due to the limited places a trial will be conducted to determine the final player cohort and players will be selected upon the discretion of Baseball NSW staff.

Parents and family members are welcome to accompany selected players with more information to be provided around family packages shortly.

To be considered players must be:

  • Aged 15 or 16 (players born in 1999 and 2000)
  • Must be willing to pay full tour-levy prior departure with billing dates to be confirmed
  • Have a current Australian passport (valid for at least six months from date of return)
  • Expressions must be completed in its entirety online link provided

Expressions of Interest to be requested on this link before Sunday 31st of May 2015.

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