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Three West Australians on Opening MLB Rosters
For the first time ever, three West Australians have made their way onto an MLB Opening Day 25-man roster.
04/03/2018 4:42 AM ET
 

For the first time ever, three West Australians have been named on a Major League Baseball 25-man roster for the start of the season.

Warwick Saupold (Detroit Tigers), Liam Hendriks (Oakland Athletics) and Peter Moylan (Atlanta Braves) are the only Australians on a Major League roster for 2018.

Saupold, who has played for the Heat every summer since the re-launch of the Australian Baseball League in 2010, has made the Opening Roster for the first time in his career, having played 54 games for the Tigers across three seasons.

The 28-year-old South Perth product has appeared in three games so far this campaign and is yet to concede a run since the season started on Thursday.

"We're so proud of Warwick on making the Tigers' roster," Perth Heat Chief Executive Lachlan Dale said.

"It's the first time he's made it onto the Opening Roster, so we're hoping he can stay there all year."

Joining Saupold in the Majors is former Sacred Heart student Liam Hendriks.

The 29-year-old played for the Heat during the 2010-11 season after coming through the ranks at the Wanneroo Giants.

The right-handed pitcher has played 221 MLB games over eight seasons and is coming off a year where he recorded a career-high 16 holds.

"Liam has been a great servant to the MLB for many years, and it's fantastic to see him become an important player for Oakland," Dale said.

The third West Aussie, Lesumurdie-born Peter Moylan, is a veteran of the game, having amassed 463 games over a 13-year MLB career.

The pitcher, who turns 40 in December, has an impressive 2.98 ERA over that span and will look to build on his 24 career wins this year.

"Pete's journey into the MLB is quite amazing, and to be honest he just seems to be getting better with age," Dale said.

Moylan has started the season with three scoreless outings in his third stint with Atlanta, having played in Kansas City for the past two seasons.

 

 

 

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