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#ABLabroad: Kennedy shines in MiLB
Melbourne left-hander yet to allow a hit in Class A Advanced
04/11/2018 11:15 PM ET

Melbourne left-hander Jon Kennedy has made a strong start to the Minor League Baseball season.

Kennedy has not allowed a run or hit in five innings of work during three appearances with Class A Advanced Florida Fire Frogs.

The Atlanta Braves prospect has recorded seven strikeouts, walked one batter and hit another two with pitches.

His early-season WHIP sits at 0.20 and on Wednesday morning (Australian time) he picked up his first win of the season in a 1-0 victory over Fort Myers Miracle.

Kennedy struck out Brisbane outfielder Aaron Whitefield along the way.

Whitefield is hitting .150 with one home run for Miracle, through six games.

Kennedy's Fire Frogs teammate - and 2017/2018 Aces' import - Brett Cumberland has started the season strongly too.

Cumberland is leading the Florida State League with three homers, hitting .350 in six appearances to start the season.

Another left-handed Melbourne pitcher, Lewis Thorpe, has started the season with Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.

The Twins prospect gave up four runs, including two homers, as he recorded a loss in his season debut.

Newcastle-born Alex Wells has made two starts for Class A Advanced Frederick Keys, compiling a tidy 1.74 ERA and striking out 11 for the Baltimore Orioles affiliate.

Perth right-hander Warwick Saupold gave up two runs on no hits in his first start for Toldeo Mud Hens after being optioned by Detroit.

Elsewhere, former Brisbane outfielder Johnny Field has been rewarded for a strong start to the season with a Tampa Bay call up.

Field will link with the Rays after going 5-for-14 with a couple of RBIs in four games with Triple A Durham Bulls in the opening week of the season.

Other ABL alumni swinging the bat well are Keon Broxton (Sydney), Patrick Leonard (Brisbane) and Tyler Neslony (Melbourne).

Broxton is hitting .391 with three early-season homers at Triple A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, while Leonard went .273 with three RBIs during the Charlotte Knights' opening five games.

Neslony drove in three runs for Double-A Mississippi Braves, going 8-for-19 (.421) with a couple of doubles.

Lake Bachar (Canberra) has not given up an earned runs in 11 innings across two starts for Lake Elsinore Storm.

Each week will provide a wrap-up of some key performances from locals and ABL alumni from the previous week.

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