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Kennelly eager to make up for lost time
Sam Kennelly returns to the Heat after a successful season in Holland
09/14/2018 3:46 AM ET

The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat are pleased to announce the re-signing of Sam Kennelly for the 2018/19 Australian Baseball League season.

After missing last season following Tommy John surgery, Kennelly says he is excited to get back on an ABL field.

"Missing 12 months last year on the Disabled List makes me super excited to join the Heaters again," he said.

"The Perth Heat is family to me and getting to play with my brothers and good mates is something I always look forward to leading up to the season."

A former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect, Kennelly has spent the last five months plying his trade in the Dutch Hoofdklasse Honkbal league for the De Glaskong Twins.

"Holland was an unbelievable experience," he said.

"To be able to get 150 at-bats that I missed out on was very important for me heading into the ABL season."

The 22-year-old left his mark in Holland, finishing with a .255 average and a league-high six home runs in 42 games.

"The Twins made it feel like a home away from home for me and I'm very grateful to have been a part of their club and meet a lot of great people.

The youngest of the iconic Kennelly brothers, Sam is a .178 career hitter in the ABL, driving in 21 runs in 121 games.

Join us in welcoming Sam back to the Heat.

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