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Best of 2010-2018: Perth Heat
Who makes the Heat's best ABL line-up?
04/27/2018 10:00 AM ET
 

A wealth of talent has graced the field for four-time Australian Baseball League champions Perth Heat in the past eight seasons.

The team success equates to plenty of candidates for the Best of Heat lineup, as the team at theabl.com.au continues its path through the six ABL teams.

After hours of debate, we've come up with our best Perth lineup from the opening eight seasons of the current ABL..

It was no easy task but we completed a line-up card with nine hitters and starting, relief and closing pitcher.

Selection is based on what players achieved during their time in the ABL and there are no restrictions on imports.

To level the playing field between long term players and one-year imports, we have given more weight to players' best single-season output but it is not simply a comparison of stats.

Here is theabl.com.au's Best of Heat team:

 

1. Jake Fraley - CF

Fraley set the ABL alight during the 2017/2018 seasons, stealing a league record 39 bases and hitting .361 during 40 regular-season games. The Tampa Bay prospect ignited the Heat's offence from the top, leading the league with 61 hits - tied with Canberra's Jay Baum - and 50 runs. He drove in 39 runs and homered 13 times, making him a valuable commodity as Perth returned to the playoffs.

 

2. Tim Kennelly - 3B

A member of the Heat in all eight seasons of the ABL, Kennelly has done it all. He is a .300 all-time hitter, and was named league MVP for the 2011/2012 season as Perth wrapped up back-to-back titles. Kennelly hit .374 for the season with 10 doubles and 10 home runs. He finished with 105 total bases and 39 RBIs, to go with 10 stolen bases.

 

3. Michael Brosseau - 2B

Brosseau made a lasting impression in his shortened stint in Perth. The Rays' prospect averaged .427 in 25 games, homering six times and driving in 32 runs. Brosseau played hero several times as the Heat walked off and finished .500 in late/close situations. His loss was felt as Perth missed out on an ABL Championship Series berth.

 

4. Luke Hughes - 1B

Another long-time Heater with amongst the best resumes in the Australian Baseball League. Hughes has featured across several positions for Perth in his eight seasons in the league. He holds the all-time record - alongside former teammate Allan de San Miguel - for home runs in the relaunched league and is a .293 hitter. Hughes has showed no signs of slowing down, averaging .327 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs last season. In 2014/15 he averaged a career-high .352 with 29 RBIs.

Honourable mentions: Robbie Widlansky

 

5. Brandon Tripp - LF

Tripp led the Heat with a .333 average and 41 RBIs during the 2013/2014 ABL season in a dominant season. The left-fielder hit 15 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs to finish with 105 total bases. He hit .384 at home with six homers and 24 RBIs and went 3-for-9 during the postseason.

 

6. Allan de San Miguel - C

De San Miguel made 242 of his 318 ABL regular-season appearances with Perth before crossing to Melbourne ahead of the 2016/2017 season. He sits at the top of the all-time home run chart with 46 and has at least 20 RBIs in six of his eight seasons. His best season was arguably his final campaign with the Heat in 2015/2016. He hit .265, reaching career highs in home runs (10) and runs batted in (32).

 

7. Matt Kennelly - DH

Before making a switch to pitching last season, Kennelly played a key role in the Heat's powerful offence across a number of seasons. He has four seasons with 20-plus RBIs under his belt, and has hit better than .290 in all of them. Across his ABL career he is hitting .290 with 129 RBIs and 18 home runs. 

 

8. Joey Wong - SS

Wong spent three seasons with the Heat and was a star in his first two campaigns before a drop off in 2016/2017. He hit .290 with 18 RBIs and seven stolen bases in his maiden season in Perth and backed it up hitting .301 with 21 RBIs and nine stolen bases as the Heat went back-to-back. Wong was named ABLCS MVP against Canberra in 2013/2014 and made a number of stunning defensive plays during his time in the league.

Honourable mentions: Mychal Givens

 

9. Corey Adamson - RF

Before trying his hand at Australian Rules Football, Adamson put together a solid ABL career in the Heat outfield. His 87 regular-season appearances for Perth saw him hit .294 with 16 doubles and 35 RBIs. He also stole 19 bases. Adamson's final three seasons for the Heat saw him hit above .300, albeit the first of those in less than half a season. In 2012/2013 he averaged .321 with 10 doubles and 18 RBIs.

Honourable mentions: Derek Peterson

 

SP - Jack Frawley

The starting spot in the Best of Heat lineup is arguably one of the hottest contested rosters spots across all teams. A number of studs have held the role and produced solid seasons. Frawley got the nod, just, ahead of them after three solid seasons in the league. The Ohio born right-hander finished with a 1.82 career ERA in the ABL, going 11-3. In 2013/2014 he went 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA as a regular starter. He tossed three complete games and struck out 54.

Honourable mentions: Warwick Saupold, Daniel Schmidt, Mike Ekstrom

 

RP - Benn Grice

Grice holds a 1.52 ERA from his 48 appearances across five seasons. His ERA in four of five seasons finished below 1.00, with 2012/2013 his only blemish when he gave up six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. In 2011/2012 he compiled a 3-1 record with a 0.95 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 28 1/3 innings for the Heat. He punched out 25 hitters. Across his career opposition batters average .211 against him.

Honourable mentions: Cameron Lamb

 

CP - Brendan Wise

Wise converted 15 of 17 save opportunities across his four-year ABL career. He was a perfect 9-from-9 before converting 6-of-8 of chances. His ERA was 3.86 in 2013/2014 as he threw 23 1/3 innings and lifetime sits at 2.56

Honourable mentions: Jorge Marban

 

 

How did we go? Who would you have in your best Perth Heat team?

Stay tuned for the Best of Sydney Blue Sox next Friday.

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