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Glendinning named Rookie of the Year
Heat gun young primed for future success
02/17/2019 9:05 PM ET

The Brut Australian Baseball League Rookie of the Year award is heading west for a second straight season after Perth young gun Robbie Glendinning was selected as this year's winner.

Glendinning, 23, did not appear in Heat colours until round four, but instantly added a spark to Perth's already potent offence.

The Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand hit .364 in 28 games for the South-West Division winners, and was outstanding in the Heat's playoff push, going 17-for-37 in his last 10 games.

Glendinning credits a dramatic improvement in the 2019 professional season to his continued success in the ABL.

"The positive year in pro-ball really boosted my confidence," Glendinning said.

"I want to improve consistently, and the ABL gives me a chance to do that.

"The ABL gives me a chance to test myself against some high-level talent, as well as play meaningful baseball games with some of my closest mates."

As well as an outstanding batting average, Glendinning's approach improved dramatically in season 2019.

In his first taste of ABL action, Glendinning drew 10 walks in the 2018 season - while in 2019 - the righty recorded 21 walks in 28 games, showing maturity and composure at the plate. 

Glendinning is the second Heat player in as many years to win Rookie of the Year after Jess Williams took home the award in 2018.

"The thing that's great about Perth's young core is we all really care about how the Perth Heat is viewed," Glendinning said.

"We are all on the same journey, which helps us a lot and I can't wait to continue playing with them."

Perth manager Andy Kyle said Glendinning had come a long way in the last 12 months.

"He's starting to really mature as a ballplayer," Kyle said.

"Robbie really nailed down a key spot for us in the middle of the lineup, and his at-bats in the second half of the season were really impressive.

"His approach at the plate became better as the season went on. He has a good plan at the plate, and more importantly, he trusts in that plan."

Glendinning will enter his third season of professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system in 2019.

Any Australian that accumulated less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched in their ABL career at the beginning of the 2018/19 season is eligible for the 2019 Rookie of the Year award.

ABL Rookie of the Year winners:
2010/11: Trent Schmutter (Sydney Blue Sox)
2011/12: Aidan Francis (Sydney Blue Sox)
2012/13: Ben Lodge (Adelaide Bite)
2013/14: Lewis Thorpe (Melbourne Aces)
2014/15: Josh Tols (Adelaide Bite)
2015/16: Aaron Whitefield (Brisbane Bandits)
2016/17: Jordan McArdle (Adelaide Bite)
2017/18: Jesse Williams (Perth Heat)
2018/19: Robbie Glendinning (Perth Heat)

Stay tuned as the ABL's 2018/19 Defensive Player of the Year winner will be announced on Thursday February 21.

All six of the ABL's 2018/19 Awards (Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Reliever of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Brett Brothers Batting Champion and Helms Award) were determined by a 3-2-1 vote conducted by each of the 2018/19 ABL Managers.

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