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Craig Maddox joins the Aces for Playoff Push
Former Adelaide Catcher Much Needed Offense
01/09/2018 9:00 PM ET
 (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images / ABL Media )

The Melbourne Aces have officially announced the addition of catcher and first baseman Craig Maddox to the roster. Maddox will immediately accompany the club on their Round 8 road trip to Brisbane this weekend.

 

This is Maddox's second career season playing the ABL having previously spent the 2014-2015 season as a member of the Adelaide Bite. In 41 career games with Adelaide, the Georgia-native slashed .270/.348/.467 and compiled five homeruns and 17 RBI. He spoke fondly of his time with Adelaide with that experience playing a large factor in his decision to return to the ABL once again.

 

 

 

"My experience in Adelaide was top-notch. Playing with those guys when we made it to the championship series and lost to Perth was something I never forgot and was the experience of a lifetime."

 

The Aces will welcome Maddox's bat into the lineup after the club said farewell to Atlanta Braves catching prospect Brett Cumberland after Round 7. Cumberland was the team's leader in homeruns (7), second in batting average among qualified hitters (.292) and fourth in RBI (13).

 

The Aces currently own the second-lowest team average (.260) and are averaging the second-fewest runs per game (4.5).

 

Maddox joins a Melbourne club in a battle for the fourth and final playoff spot. Sydney are currently sit 2.5 games behind the Aces in the race for the postseason. Melbourne will take on in-form and first place Brisbane for a tricky five-game set while the Blue Sox travel to Perth for a five-game showdown of their own.

 

"You want to come into a team that has a chance to make the playoffs, and then try and be a piece of the puzzle."

 

Maddox played collegiately at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. In 2007, he was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Detroit Tigers. In 2009, he appeared in 11 games with the Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League.

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