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Jarryd Dale's meteoric rise
01/06/2018 10:07 PM ET
 (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images / ABL Media )

17-year-old Aces' infielder Jarryd Dale signed his first professional with the San Diego Padres late last year as international prospect. 

A few months later, Dale is featuring in his 50th game of ABL baseball in game four of the Melbourne home stand against the Canberra Cavalry, a remarkable achievement for someone who is not yet legally an adult. 

This weekend Dale got a close-up look at someone he may well be calling a team mate one day soon in fellow Padres signee and Cavalry short stop, Gabriel Arias. The 17-year-old Venezuelan has turned heads all season long and enjoyed another standout series in round 7, highlighted by his performance on Saturday night where he went 4-5, including three RBIs

"Right now, I just finished up my school for the year so I'm focusing on baseball 100%" said Dale following Saturday night's game.

"One of the main reasons I'm trying to get to the states so early is so I can start my season at a young age and start getting that experience so I can get to the big leagues as fast as possible."

The Aces' reigning Rookie of the Year is still getting used to playing every day and is enjoying an improved season with a .245 average with 11 RBI's and three long balls through six and a bit rounds.

Give their similarities, it's easy to try and draw comparisons between Dale and Arias.

Arias who signed for a reported $1.9 million in 2016 and plays some of the most beautiful defence you're likely to see on a baseball field, is hitting .268 in in his debut ABL season with 19 RBIs and five home runs. 

Arias's two home run night against Mark Hamburger earlier in the season and his 4-5 night on Saturday just another reminder of the kind of talent this young man possesses and if that sort of production continues back in the USA, $1.9 million may have been a steal for the Padres.

For Australian baseball fans, the prospect of these two talented youngsters one day suiting up alongside each other would be something quite special. Both entered the Padres system around the time, at the same age, play the same position and first met while opponents in the ABL. 

To have both of these kids reach 'The Show' and be teammates would be a promoter's dream for the ABL. It may not ever eventuate, but we can dream, right?

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