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#ABLabroad: Infielder moves up level
Detroit Tigers' prospect returns to Lakeland
05/17/2018 1:29 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!


Sydney infielder Zac Shepherd has returned to Class A Advanced Lakeland Flying Tigers for the first time since last June.

The Detroit prospect was promoted from Class A West Michigan Whitecaps last Friday (Australian time) and has featured in four games for the Flying Tigers.

Shepherd tripled and scored in his first game of the season for Lakeland, against St Lucie Mets, and is 3-for-12 with a pair of walks.

The 22-year-old was hitting .254 with six RBIs in 22 games for West Michigan before moving up a level.

He is 13-for-32 (.406) in his past 10 games across both levels.

Elsewhere, right-hander reliever Warwick Saupold (Perth) has not yielded a run in his past three outings for Detroit.

Saupold induced an inning-ending double play to get out of the fifth after inheriting a couple of runners in the Tigers' 5-4 win over Seattle on Monday morning.

His ERA in the big leagues this season has fallen to 2.35 in 14 appearances.

Meanwhile, former Brisbane Bandits outfielder Joey Rickard made the most of his MLB recall.

Rickard went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs for Baltimore against Tampa Bay on Monday morning.

The outfielder was hitting .301 with two homers and 21 RBIs in Triple A this season.


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

+ Sydney reliever Todd Van Steensel's ERA continues to fall. Van Steensel struck out three and did not give up a hit in two scoreless innings for Chattanooga Lookouts om Sunday morning. The right-handers ERA fell to 2.08 for the season.

+ Daniel McGrath (Melbourne) has not yielded a run in his past three outings for Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. McGrath struck out two in two scoreless frames in his most recent outing against Reading Fightin Phils, bringing his ERA down to 3.10 in 10 games this season.

+ Ronald Acuna Jr. (Melbourne) hit his first MLB home run at home for the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Acuna Jr. went 6-for-27 in the past week and is hitting .275 with four homers for the season.

+ Brandon Dixon (Adelaide) went 7-for-20 with a homer for Triple-A Louisville Bats in the past week. Dixon is third in the International League with a .327 average.

+ Mitch Walding (Canberra) homered twice in the past week for Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Walding is tied for fourth in the Independent League with six homers for the season.

+ Connor Panas (Canberra) went 9-for-25 with Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, lifting his average to .213. Panas has hit safely in nine of his past 10 games.

+ Buddy Reed (Canberra) continues to star for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm. Reed went 10-for-31 with four doubles, a triple and four RBIs. Reed's 50 hits and 17 stolen bases for the season both rank second in the California League.

+ Ryan Bollinger (Brisbane) picked up a second-straight win for Double A Trenton Thunder. The left-hander did not allow an earned run on three hits, striking out five in eight innings.

+ Lake Bachar (Canberra) made a strong debut for Double-A San Antonio Missions. Bachar struck out three and did not give up an earned run in five innings during the first Double-A game of his career.

+ Stephen Lohr (Adelaide) made a strong start to the Frontier League season, going 6-for-15 in opening week for the Traverse City Beach Bums.

+ Derek Loveless (Canberra) drove in nine runs in five games for Frontier League outfit Normal CornBelters.


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