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Welcome to Melbourne Tyler Neslony
12/01/2017 4:58 AM ET
 (Norvelle Kennedy 806-392-4348)

Much has been made about the Aces' lack of outfield during the early part of the 2017/18 season, but they may have found their answer in Atlanta Braves prospect Tyler Neslony.

On debut for Melbourne in the ABLCS replay on Friday night, Neslony wasted no time making an impression with Aces fans, taking a ball down the left field line for a double in his first AB down under. 

A second double for the #45 ranked prospect with the Braves in the sixth and Neslony's bat was just about the hottest thing at the Ballpark on an otherwise cold Melbourne night, but his impact was felt with more than just the bat.

The outfield looked settled. With Delmon Young to his right and fellow Braves prospect Brett Cumberland to his left, could this new-look outfield be the solution to Jon Deeble's outfield woes? 


Speaking after his first appearance in Aces colours, Neslony, who only arrived in the country on Tuesday, said he almost surprised himself with his output on debut.

"I havent seen alot of pitching in a while so I was trying to just get a feel for things and see if i could get something I could hit."

"I honestly didn't plan on the results being very good. I was just fortunate I got some pitches I could handle and I was able to hit them."

"I certainly wasn't expecting that result but I'll take that result anyday".

Deeble spoke alot last seaosn about changing the culture around the Mlebourne aces locker room which has included opening up sessions to include the Victorian youth representative teams. Neslony says he's been here a few days but says it's a fun team to be around.

"Yeah it seems like the the chemistry is really good here."

"Everyone loves to be here, loves each other and loves to play baseball and I really enjoy playing on teams like that."

With Acuna, Collins and Cody Jones all departing from the Aces 2016/17 line-up questions were always going to be asked of the Aces outfield and Neslony could be the last piece of the puzzle for Deeble.

Look for Neslon to become the Aces everyday centrefielder and if he keeps swinging a hot bat... an Aces fan favourite.

Join us at Melbourne Ballpark tomorrow (Saturday) when you can enjoy two games for the price of one in games two and three of this four game series against the reigning ABL Champions, the Brisbane Bandits.


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