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#ABLabroad: Bite teenager signs
Adelaide Rookie of the Year inks deal with Phillies
04/26/2018 2:30 PM ET

Every Thursday during the offseason we will wrap up some of the best performing Aussies and ABL alumni from the previous week of action. See who has been starring of late below!


Adelaide Bite teenager Curtis Mead has become the latest Aussie to sign abroad, inking a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mead signed on the back of a strong ABL campaign saw him pick up Rookie of the Year honours at the Bite.

The 17-year-old hit .373 in 20 games, driving in seven runs and going deep once.

Mead had committed to Grayson College before drawing the attention of Philadelphia.

"I couldn't even imagine signing before the last few weeks," Mead told

"You just have to make sure it's the right fit.

"Me and my parents made sure this was what I wanted to do."

Mead's signing follows Melbourne Aces' left-hander Blake Townsend coming to terms with Seattle Mariners and Sydney Blue Sox infielder Rixon Wingrove joining the Phillies in recent weeks.

The trio represented their states at the Australian Youth Championships in January and took part in last month's Baseball Australia Spring Training Tour in Arizona.

Meanwhile, Blue Sox infielder Zac Shepherd swung a hot bat to lift his average 62 points.

Shepherd went 9-for-18 in the past week, including 4-for-4 in Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps' 7-6 loss to the Cedar Rapid Kernels on Sunday morning (Australian time).

The 22-year-old is hitting .254 with six RBIs for the Whitecaps this season.

Sydney teammate Todd Van Steensel saw his ERA drop to 2.29 for Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.

The right-handed reliever worked four scoreless frames across two appearances for the Lookouts in the past week.

Van Steensel struck out three hitters and did not allow a baserunner in two innings against the Mobile BayBears on Sunday before working another two scoreless in his 200th Minor League game earlier today.

New South Welshman Alex Wells struck out six in six innings for Class-A Advanced Frederick Keys on Monday. Wells allowed two runs on nine hits, bringing his ERA down to 4.22.

Wells' twin brother, Lachlan, is set to undergo Tommy John surgery.

The Minnesota Twins prospect has not made a MiLB appearance in 2018.

Another Twins' prospect, Aaron Whitefield (Brisbane), remains on the disabled list.

His last appearance for Class-A Advanced Fort Myers Miracle was on April 22.


Here are some of the other notable performers from action abroad: 

+ Former Bite infielder Brandon Dixon (Triple-A Louisville Bats) went 12-for-29 during the past week to lift his season average to .323. Dixon leads the Bats in hits (30), doubles (9) and stolen bases (7) this season.

+ Brandon Barnes (Sydney) starred for Triple-A Columbus Clippers, going 8-for-23 to keep his season batting average above .300.

+ Adelaide's 2014/2015 catcher, Rocky Gale, went 8-for-15 with two homers for Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. Gale is hitting .436 in his past 10 games, and all up averaging .324 for the season.

+ Chuck Taylor (Sydney) is hitting .350 in his past 10 games. Taylor went 10-for-23 for Double-A Arkansas Travelers in the past week.

+ Jamie Westbrook (Sydney) lifted his season average to .308 after going 9-for-26 with Double-A Jackson Generals.

+ Michael Brosseau (Perth) homered in three-straight games for Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. The infielder is hitting .237 with 14 RBIs in 28 games.

+ Ryan Bollinger (Brisbane) picked up his first Minor League win since 2012 for Double-A Trenton Thunder on Monday. The left-hander struck out five in six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks.

+ Tayler Saucedo (Canberra) picked up win number one and two of the season. Saucedo, working as a starter for Class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays, reduced his ERA from 6.88 to 3.66 following the pair of wins. He worked seven scoreless innings against Clearwater Threshers and eight without an earned run against Bradenton Marauders.


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