Draft Review: The Clippers

GM Chris Lawson and Head Coach Paul Mildren were looking to build around a really solid core of BaseballSA super stars. They added arms early and look like they could be a wagon in the inaugural SLBA season.

Let’s take a look at how they did.

MARQUEES: Alex Carter (C, Port Adelaide), Terrell Joyce (OF, Sturt), Evan LeBlanc (OF, Kensington), Dylan Brammer (P/SS, Southern Districts)

Note: Alex Carter was a late swap for a marquee player for Jordan McArdle, who will be a mid-season marquee player after he returns from the U23 World Cup.

DRAFT RESULTS:
Pick 2: Chris Burkholder (P, Glenelg) – Returning for a second season as an import pitcher, Burkholder is looking to build off an impressive injury-shortened SABL season where he had a league leading 1.05ERA.

Pick 7: Dylan Ridding (3B, Sturt) – A rising star in the making, Ridding was top 10 in the SABL in hits, average, RBI, runs, doubles and triples. Ridding hit .407 last year.

Pick 10: Tim Day (P, Glenelg) – A 6-2 record with a 3.41 ERA with the Tigers and a solid stint with the Adelaide Bite gives the Clippers some pedigree.

Pick 15: Tyler Chappell (P, Sturt) – A 3.54 ERA in the SABL and has two years under his belt in the ABL. Has experience facing a higher level of competition so that will come in handy.

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From left to right: Tim Day (P), GM Chris Lawson, 3B Dylan Ridding, HC Paul Mildren and P Tyler Chappell. Solid early selections for the Clippers.

Pick 18: Sam McGarry (2B, West Torrens) – McGarry had a solid .361 batting average with the Eagles last season and is another weapon in an already seriously scary batting line up.

Pick 23: Karl Hoschke (OF, East Torrens) – Another big bat to round out the Clippers outfield. He has three years of ABL experience with the Bite and started in the ABL last year. A high value pick to grab this calibre of player in sixth round.

Pick 26: Dalton Probert, (INF, East Torrens) – A young player who loves the game and keeps getting better each year. Probert had an excellent defensive season with the Red Sox last year and should form a solid combo in the middle of the infield.

Pick 31: Grif Weber (C, West Torrens) – Grif has an U18 and U16 title under his belt and had his first stint in Division 1 last year with the Eagles. Now he’ll push his game to the next level in the SLBA.

Pick 34: Connor Hill (P, Glenelg) – A great guy who can pitch and play the field. Hill will be a valuable asset likely to eat a few innings this season.

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Players like Dalton Probert will have an opportunity to up their skill in the Super League.

Pick 39: Luke Rackebrandt (1B, Port Adelaide) – Talk about a value pick. The Clippers grabbed a DH or 1B from Port who has been to back-to-back grand finals.

Pick 42: Austin McLure (P, Sturt) – McLure has big game experience in Senior League with the Armada and the U18 state team. He keeps getting better and will be a name most people know in the SABL if you don’t know him already.

Pick 47: Andrew Chapman (DH, Woodville) – Has some solid experience with Woodville and another bat to add to the line up.

Pick 50: Phil Acosta (INF, Henley and Grange) – The big addition here is speed. Acosta was fourth in the SABL in stolen bases and will be very useful on a team with big bats who can drive runs home.

Pick 55: Jack Dawson (Sturt) – A great opportunity for young Jack to push his game to the next level after some great experience at the Div 2 level. Great relationship with Sturt-man and Clippers head coach Paul Mildren.

Pick 58: Daniel Chapman (OF, West Torrens) – A solid pick up for a starting OF in the SABL of the team that’s been the “wagon” the last two years.

Pick 63: Declan Steel (P, Henley and Grange) – Pretty surprising Steel fell this far. He’s just returned from playing college baseball and is a solid LHP.

Pick 66: Allesandro Zoufail (P, Austria) – An unknown commodity, but could be solid if he cracks the line up.

ROOKIE PICK: Adam Wurfel

POTENTIAL PITCHING ROTATION (40 pitches or 2IP limit, 7-innings or 2 hour timed games):
P – Chris Burkholder
P – Tim Day
P – Tyler Chappell
P – Connor Hill
P – Dylan Brammer

They have four pure pitchers to use before they get to 2-way superstar and defending Capps Medalist Dylan Brammer in the last to close it out.

POTENTIAL OPENING DAY FIELDING LINE UP
C – Alex Carter
1B – Luke Rackebrandt
2B – Dalton Probert
SS – Dylan Brammer
3B – Dylan Ridding
OF – Karl Hoschke
OF – Evan LeBlanc
OF – Terrell Joyce
DH – Sam McGarry

You could go with a number of combinations. The Crushers have some depth.

POTENTIAL BATTING LINE UP

  1. Dylan Ridding
  2. Dylan Brammer
  3. Evan Leblanc
  4. Terrell Joyce
  5. Alex Carter
  6. Karl Hoschke
  7. Sam McGarry
  8. Luke Rackebrandt
  9. Dalton Probert

Note: Completely unofficial. A very scary, well rounded line up. You’d think with this experience they’ll be able to put up runs.

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