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Heat announce returning pitchers
The Perth Heat have announced the return of nine pitchers for 2017/18.
10/19/2017 11:27 PM ET
Tom Bailey (Perth Heat) - Photo: Wendy van den Akker SMPIMAGES.COM - Action from Round 9 of the Australian Baseball League (ABL) Series Clash between Brisbane Bandits and Perth Heat at Holloway Field, Brisbane.
Tom Bailey (Perth Heat) - Photo: Wendy van den Akker SMPIMAGES.COM - Action from Round 9 of the Australian Baseball League (ABL) Series Clash between Brisbane Bandits and Perth Heat at Holloway Field, Brisbane. (Wendy van den Akker)

Scott Mitchinson returns for a sixth season in Perth and will have one eye on the vacant closer role. The 32-year-old has a tidy career ERA of 2.92 and is set to build on a strong 2016/17 campaign which saw him give up just two runs in eight outings.


Nick Veale has made a home in WA and returns to the HEAT rotation in 2017/18. The Victorian native was the opening day starter last year and will look to build on his 43 strikeouts from 2016/17.


Tom Bailey headlines the list of returning HEAT pitchers. The 25-year-old Australian international led the rotation in earned run average (4.97) and strikeouts (62) last year and will be looking to claim his second ABL title.


Daniel Schmidt returns for his eighth season in HEAT colours. The veteran southpaw is expected to see a role change this season and be used as a starting pitcher/long reliever in 2017/18 after starting 69 of his previous 77 ABL appearances.


Adam Millson had a solid year in 2017, pitching to a 4.50 ERA. The HEAT coaching staff will be hoping for more of the same from the 25-year-old right-hander.


Benn Grice returns after being named Fans' Player of the Year in 2016/17. The 34-year-old veteran could be in the mix to land the closer role this campaign.


Jake Bowey made the move from catcher to the bullpen last year and will look to build on his eight relief appearances from 2016/17.


Cameron Lamb will no doubt be putting his name forward for the closer role. The 28-year-old has 10 career saves to his name and is coming off the back of a respectable season where he pitched to a 3.86 ERA.


Josh Silvi saw limited game-time in 2016/17, appearing in just two games. The 23-year-old will be looking to get back to the form which saw him appear in 15 games in 2015/16.

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