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Fraley earns MLB call-up
08/21/2019 3:24 AM ET

The Perth Heat would like to congratulate Jake Fraley on earning his maiden MLB call-up this morning.

The speedy outfielder, who won the Australian Baseball League Helms Award during the 2017-18 season with the Heat, was called up by the Seattle Mariners for the middle game of their three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays - ironically, the team who drafted him in 2016.

After a standout minor league season with AA Arkansas Travelers and AAA Tacoma Rainiers where he posted a .298 batting average with 19 home runs and 80 RBIs, Fraley finally got the call he had been waiting for his whole life. 

Fraley's promotion comes just two months after former Perth teammate Mike Brosseau's own call-up to the Rays Major League clubhouse, with Heat Chief Executive Steven Nelkovski saying he is proud of the duo's rise to the top.

"It's wonderful to see the progression of two Perth Heat players into the Major Leagues," Nelkovski said.

"We look forward to seeing more of our Tampa Bay Rays prospects following the same path as Jake and Mike."

Although neither Fraley or Brosseau got onto the field during Wednesday's game - a contest the Mariners won 7-4, it is expected that both will be involved in Thursday's series finale. 

During Fraley's sole season in Australia, he broke the league's stolen base record with 39 in as many games, while also hitting .361 with a team-high 13 home runs and 50 runs scored. 

Congratulations, Jake - and best of luck when you do make your debut! 

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