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A way too early prediction of our 2018/19 Imports
With the MLB Draft recently taking place, we've taken a look who the Heat might be eyeing off for the 2018/19 ABL Season!
06/13/2018 4:42 AM ET
 (Baseball America)

Despite the fact the first pitch of the 2018/19 Australian Baseball League season is still about four and a half months away, we can't help but get excited about who could be our imports for the next campaign.

With the recent MLB Draft taking place, our friends at the Tampa Bay Rays have been busy choosing the best College talent.

So, let's take a look at who could be pulling on the Heat strip next season.

Jake Fraley

There is no need to introduce this man. The reigning ABL Helms Award winner took the league by storm - hitting an impressive .361 with 13 homers, 39 RBIs and a single-season record 39 stolen bases, Fraley would be welcomed back with open arms next season.

The 23-year-old center fielder has been hit by injury since returning to the Rays - missing the first 55 games of the season.

Since then, the 23-year-old has hit .381 with three RBIs in just six games and would no doubt make an impact in Australia in 2018/19.

Garrett Whitley

A 2015 first round MLB draft pick, Whitley enjoyed a solid season for the Heat in 2017/18 - hitting .265 with eight homers and 32 RBIs while maintaining a perfect fielding percentage from the outfield.

The 21-year-old was set for a breakout season until tearing his labrum in a freak fielding mishap. The Rays prospect required season-ending surgery and is a chance of returning to the Heat for a second campaign come November. 

Matthew Liberatore

The Rays' first pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Liberatore, a left-handed starting pitcher, could add real X-Factor to a Heat rotation that struggled for consistency last season.

The 18-year-old struck out 104 batters in 60.1 innings while pitching to a 0.93 ERA.

Would you like to see Liberatore pull on a Heat jersey next season?

Wander Franco

Ranked the No.1 International Prospect by Baseball America in 2017, Rays prospect Wander Franco could be set to arrive on Australian shores in November.

A switch-hitting shortstop, the 17-year-old Dominican Republic sensation netted a cool $3.85 million signing bonus in July 2017 and would add a spark to an already strong Heat infield consisting of Robbie Glendinning and Jess Williams.

Nick Schnell

A graduate of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Schnell, a left-handed hitting center fielder hit .535 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs to claim Indiana Baseball Gatorade Player of the Year.

He was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Rays and poses as an intriguing potential prospect down the line for the Heat.

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