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The first 50 people who show up to the draft will be treated to a free Asahi beer on the night.
Additionally, every player in attendance who is selected will receive one complimentary Asahi beer to enjoy.
It is sure to be a great evening at the Highway as we figure out who the Carp, Crushers, Wasps and Clippers will select.
Here is a rundown of events:
5:45PM – Doors open
6:15PM – Introduction of General Managers and Coaches
6:30PM – Jersey reveals and introduction of Marquee players
6:45PM – First pick announced
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Note: Beer token will only be given to those 18+. Only valid for an Asahi beer from the donated keg. Beer token must be redeemed before 7:30PM.
Which position players could we see go off the board early?
Yesterday we summarised the Super League and took a look at some pitchers who we expect to be early selections in Wednesday’s draft.
Now it’s time to take a look at the players who will round out the line ups.
GMs and Coaches have their core players set and now will be looking to fill positions of need. As Andrew Scott said in September on the team’s marquee spots, most teams have power but who will get on base for them to bring home?
There’s plenty of great options so let’s dive right in with who could be off the board early.
Let us say that two way guys like Anthony Herrera, Nathan Vanderlinden, Taylor Travess and Tim Day were left out of here for this article’s sake. They were listed under pitchers, however, in yesterday’s story. It also does not include big threats like Bas Nooij and Gary Owens who both say the will play in the competition, but will likely wait until the mid-season draft.
Let’s take a look at ten possible players who could be high upside pick ups for any team. Once again, the list is completely subjective and just ten of 120 registered players for the draft. Let’s get started:
– Angus Roeger (OF, Sturt): You’d think the Adelaide Bite regular and former ABL All-Star will be right near one of the first position players picked. Roeger’s best ABL season saw him hit .285 and last season with Sturt he spanked the ball around hitting .387 for the year.
– Dylan Ridding (INF, Sturt): This kid had a big breakout season in 17/18. He hit .407 with Sturt and earned some game time with the Bite. A middle infielder with some big hitting upside will be attractive.
– Griffin Webber (C, West Torrens) – Grif got his first taste of Div. 1 action last season and even a game with the Bite. The U18 National Champion hit .420 in a short 16-game stint that demonstrated what he can do. This sort of competition will be perfect for him to go to the next level.
– Duncan Izaaks (INF, Port Adelaide): He’s been lighting up the SABL for a couple seasons now and can be thrown on the mound as well too. He hit .364 with Adelaide and Port last year.
– Sam McGarry (INF, West Torrens): He hit .361 to really break out last season. Sam was a key part of the Eagles 2017 premiership side and will look to use this competition as a way of improvement.
– Mitch Lightbody (INF, Sturt): Another young gun who is home from a stint at college in the USA. Lightbody has played with the Bite before and is an emerging talent.
– Karl Hoshke (OF, East Torrens): Karl has shown some big pop both in the SABL and with the Bite. He was once signed by the Atlanta Braves which shows the sort of talent he has. Can he string together a dominant year patrolling the outfield for one of the four teams?
– Alex Carter (C, Port Adelaide): Port’s keystone catcher had 31 RBI last season. He’s hit some big time home runs and can even jump on the mound if required.
– Harry Knuckey (OF, Sturt): One of the players who has won an U16 and U18 national title in recent years and has been a key part of various state and international teams. He had an memorable debut with the Bite going 3-5 in front of the home fans. As an everyday starter in the SABL last year he hit .270. This league will give the platform to 18-year-olds like Harry a chance to shine vs. the best
– Jarryd Farrell (Australian National Softball Team): The man they call ‘Chops’ is a member of the national softball team. He has serious pop and can hit a softball a mile. He’s one of – if the the best – pitcher in the country. He’s keen to give the Super League a go. But how will he fare at baseball?
The newly formed ‘Super League’ has the South Australian baseball community in a tizzy. It will reach a whole new level on Wednesday 26 September at the Highway in Glenelg when the first ever 17-round draft gets underway.
There are so many questions to answer. How will the GMs attack the draft in a new and unfamiliar format? Do you chase after that big arm or big bat early? Which positions are in need? Will there be a reach? Will a good player fall into a later round?
This is going to be fun. By the way, the whole BSA community is invited to the draft on Wednesday. It’s free to go, there will be presentations and jersey revelations. There’s no better way to start the season.
But back to it. If you’re a bit behind, let’s catch you up. Then we’ll get into looking at some of the big name arms that could go early in the draft.
Back in June we announced four dynamic General Manager and Coaching combinations to run the teams – the Wasps, Clippers, Crushers and Carp. Each team was left to sign four marquee players from BaseballSA community to build their team around.
They could choose anyone – import, local, pitcher, batter – and each team presented their own style of business and building. You’d have to choose carefully because this format is only 7 innings, or a two-hour timed game, and pitchers can have a pitch count of 40 and an inning count of two.
Now they have to fill out the rest of their rosters. That’s where the draft comes in.
Over 120 players have nominated for the draft but only 68 players will be selected in Wednesday night’s 17-round draft. Teams will have to fill positional needs, have a strategy, put together a roster and then bring that squad to life on the playing field for an October 10 first game.
It’s like a fantasy baseball league in South Australia – but in real life.
Before we get into the pitchers, let’s take a look at each team’s marquee players. This is important because just by looking at the teams you can probably guess what positions they’ll be looking at early in the draft.
Please note there have been a couple changes:
1. The Carp announced pitcher Tyler Thompson as their fourth marquee
2. The Crushers added 3x Capps Medalist Nick Talbot to their roster after it was revealed Gary Owens would not be in Australia until mid-season
3. With Catcher Bas Nooij set to miss a significant portion of the season, the Wasps added pitcher Tom Fitzgerald (Kensington) to the squad.
CARP – GM Mark Haylock, Coach Paul Green
CLIPPERS – GM Chris Lawson, Coach Paul Mildren
CRUSHERS – GM Michael Dunn, Coach Scott Gladstone
WASPS – GM Scott Pratt, Coach Adrian Chenoweth
Last week the draft order was randomly selected. It will be a 17-round “snake draft”. If you pick first in one round, you will pick last in the next. Check it out below:
Pitching is going to be crucial in this competition and there are plenty of quality players who nominated. Each team needs a minimum of four pitchers to get through a game. You’d think that the team with the best rotation has a serious advantage.
While there are 120 players who have registered, and many of them will bring big benefits to each team, we narrowed it down to 10 pitchers based on performance in the SABL and Australian Baseball League in recent time. We realise this is just a subjective list – on draft day anything could happen!
– Chris Burkholder (Glenelg): He had a dominating season as an import for Glenelg on the mound in 17/18. Burkholder a dumbfounding 1.05 ERA with 50 strikeouts and also had a scoreless relief appearance with the Bite.
– Dushan Ruzic (Port Adelaide): A mainstay of the Australian national team for nearly a decade. Loads of ABL experience and a match-up nightmare.
– Taylor Travess (West Torrens): West Torrens’ import out of Oregon University can pitch and hit. Seems to be ‘Taylor-made’ for this format
– Anthony Herrera (Port Adelaide): Port Adelaide’s import is a dual threat as well. With a history for bringing over Capps-Medalists what does this Port import have in store for us this year?
– Ryan Duncan (East Torrens): Experience with the Bite and a solid season at East Torrens will make him a useful arm on any team
– Tim Day (Glenelg): A 3.41 ERA for Glenelg last season and regular time with the Bite has Day as a marked commodity in the eyes of GMs.
– Tyler Chappell (Sturt): Side-armer with ABL experience with the Adelaide Bite the past two seasons. Had a sub 3.50 ERA with Sturt last season and works well in a bullpen role.
– Will Korteekas (Woodville): The 17-year-old got a game with the Bite last year but has come up clutch for South Australia at the Senior League, U18 and U16 level.
– Tyson McKee (Port Adelaide): 17-year-old McKee had a 2.73 ERA in his first season with major responsibility in the SABL before an injury cut his time short.
– Nathan Vanderlinden (West Torrens): You could put him as a hitter but he had a 7-1 record with a 2.64 ERA in the SABL in 2017/18. He’s also won the Grand Final MVP in 2016/17 for West Torrens.
There are a few more pretty intriguing options. Who would you take in the draft?
Would you take a pitcher or batter with your first pick? What is your strategy. Let us know in the comments below.
We’ll take a look at the big bats later in the week.
See you on Draft Night!
The SLBA inaugural draft is almost here! With over 100 players registered and just 68 being drafted, make sure you are there to see who is drafted or register to be drafted yourself! You can’t be drafted if you aren’t registered so register today!
There will be 17 rounds of the initial draft followed by 4 rounds of a rookie draft with 60 seconds allowed for each pick. 6:00 pm arrival with the first pick being made at 6:45 pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the event. This will be a great way to get the inaugural SLBA season started!
With less than three weeks until the draft, the four inaugural Super League teams have filled up most of their marquee spots.
The Crushers, Wasps and Clippers have named their four key players who will suit up on their teams this year while the Carp still have one spot to fill.
Each team is permitted to name four ‘marquee’ players before the September 26 draft at the Highway in Glenelg.
Now, the GMs turn their focus to picking from a talented pool of player who have registered to play in the new Wednesday competition featuring the best talent in South Australian Baseball.
Let’s review each of the teams, where they stand, and what they may need. Baseball Australia Hall-of-Famer and Adelaide Giants legend Andrew Scott had his expert take on each of the team’s rosters so far.
Have a look below.
Coach: Scott Gladstone
GM: Michael Dunn
What GM Michael Dunn is saying: My aim in picking marquee players was to have a solid spine with senior guys who can execute plays when needed under pressure. This is a pretty good 1-4 hitting line up without any draft players or import players. We will have some good power surrounded by some speed to score runs quickly in the shortened format of the Super League style. These are four very strong leaders who’s reputations are unquestionable in SA baseball.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: It’s a strong spine up the middle with a quality catcher. The double play combination up the middle is as good as it gets. They’ll need to look for some pitching in the draft to adapt to this year’s format. Their GM is their weak link in the competition.
Coach: Paul Mildren
GM: Chris Lawson
What GM Chris Lawson is saying: We have recruited great “people” whom will bring a fun and exciting brand of baseball to the field. In going after our marquee players we looked to cover as many positions as possible, with athletes that show flexibility in the field. Come draft day this will give us some room to pick the best available players, rather than selecting purely by a positional needs basis.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: This is as experienced and as powerful as a line-up as it comes in this competition. The additions of Terrell and Brammer are key as they can both pitch which will be very handy in this format. They’ll need to add some guys who can get on base, preferably guys who have speed, so the big boppers can drive them home.
Coach: Adrian Chenoweth
GM: Scott Pratt
What GM Scott Pratt is saying: We’ve got two of the most damaging hitters in the SABL which combined is guaranteed to provide some STING for the line-up for the Wasps. It’s important we can have guys that can generate runs with the long-ball but also be consistent hitters. We have [some of] the best in the competition.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: Getting two left-handed power hitters is massive for the Wasps and will cause some match-up nightmares. They have a solid C/P combination already sorted and guys that can play a few different positions. You’d think they need to add another pitcher to the line up as well as some speed on the bases.
Coach: Paul Green
GM: Mark Haylock
What GM Mark Haylock is saying: The Carp looks to develop young Bite prospects to the next level by giving them exposure and opportunity in this Super League. Curtis Mead (SS) and Mason Clavell (C) are two of the most exciting prospects in the State. Both will hold down key infield positions and hit strongly in this league. Wilson Lee (P) is a strong 2 way player who can feature on the hill, as a utility in the field and provide strong offence in the box. A hot commodity in this off season of district Club ball, Lee spends our off seasons playing in Europe.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: There’s a lot to like about this young team. They have some of the most versatile players in the state who can play multiple positions and will bring tremendous energy to the game. It will be a fun environment but I suspect the Wasps will need to add some experience to the roster to settle down the young, energetic heads that will be out on the diamond.
Before the draft occurs, Andrew Scott gives his first edition of the “POWER RANKINGS” based on these Marquee Players.
Scotty says: “The Clippers have so much experience, power and a couple guys that can pitch. That gives them the edge.”
What do you think of the teams?
Lock it in your calendars! Wednesday September 26 is going to be a historic day for the first season of Super League Baseball Adelaide.
With all teams having their Marquee players set the rest of the rosters will be filled.
Exact details are to become but we do know the following:
– Be at the Highway in Glenelg at 6:00PM on September 26
– Be ready to drink a beer (or two!)
– Settle in and watch the draft unfold.
Want to register for the draft? You can do so by clicking here.
The Clippers will take the field as our fourth and final team and logo reveal.
They are led by one of the most intriguing Coach and GM combinations in the league.
Former Bite pitchers Chris Lawson (GM) and Paul Mildren (Coach) will be in control and are already aiming big in terms of marquee players.
A fun fact: Paul Mildren was the starting pitcher in the first ever Bite game. When he left the game he handed the ball over to reliever Chris Lawson.
No doubt, they will have some big names – and some big expectations – for the upcoming season.
Our third logo reveal belongs to the team led by General Manager Mark Haylock and Head Coach Paul Green.
The team name is inspired by our favourite inhabitants of the local Murray River.
Haylock and Green have promised a young, fun and exciting team.
“I’m excited for our young players to go for a shot at the title,” he says.
Green, meanwhile, says he can’t wait until the league kicks off in October.
“It creates opportunities for young talented players. A potential show case league that will have more focus than that of club ball. It creates a more congruent pathway to the Bite and other advanced leagues. Coaches will benefit hopefully through applying more emphasis fundamentals and tactics,” he says.
The Carp are expected to field their marquee player spots with young, up and coming stars.
This team is sure to send the Super League buzzing with anticipation.
General Manager Scott Pratt and Head Coach Adrian Chenoweth will be backing the team wearing yellow and black. Their hoping their team will sting the competition.
Chenoweth says he remembers how exciting it was to watch the old Wednesday night competition in the 80s. He says he hopes the SLBA creates a similar environment.
“I loved going with my brothers and parents to watch players who I wanted to be like. This is going to be a lot of fun,” says Chenoweth.
Pratt is convinced that there will be nothing but success for the Super League.
“It will be the best competition in Australia outside of the ABL,” he says.
Don’t forget, if you’re interested in registering for the Super League you can do so here.
We are excited to announce our first team name and logo in the first season of Super League Baseball – Adelaide.
The Crushers will be run by General Manager Michael Dunn and Head Coach Scott Gladstone.
The logo references South Australia’s incredible and sophisticated wine region. The logos were prepared by The Bayside.
GM Michael Dunn, a former ABL All-Star and Bite assistant coach, says he can’t wait for the Super League to start.
“I’m excited about the growth and development of all players. They’ll be playing in a league stronger than club baseball with the best players available in SABL,” he says. “That’s only going to make all players better, especially the younger players, by giving them a chance to grow, shine and move on to the next level – whether that be with the Bite, College or Pro Ball.”
Dunn says he sees big potential for the league.
“We want to strive to make [baseball better in SA] and make it the envy of the sport in Australia. This league can be something everyone wants to play in.”
Dunn and Gladstone are hard at work have secured their four marquee players which will be announced shortly.
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Super League Baseball Adelaide has kicked off with a swell of excitement.
Earlier this week we revealed that there would be a brand new four team, nine week competition on Wednesdays at West Beach from October – December featuring the best players in South Australian baseball.
Each team will be run by a coach / general management combination who will be tasked with recruiting four marquee players and then selecting players who register for the draft.
If you are a player interested in declaring for the Super League draft you can register at http://www.superleaguebaseball.com.
We are pleased to reveal the four Coach and General Manager combinations of the inaugural season of the Super League. Team names and logos will be revealed in the next week.
TEAM 1: Michael Dunn (GM) and Scott Gladstone (Coach)
General Manager: Michael Dunn
Head Coach: Scott Gladstone
Michael Dunn and Scott Gladstone have come together to create a formidable combination of experience at the highest level of Australian Baseball. Both have pedigree and a wealth of knowledge that will give them an edge.
Dunn played over 300 games in the original ABL and was the Giants 1996 Team MVP and league All-Sar. He is the all-time Giants leader in on-base-percentage. He also represented Australia on numerous occasions including the U19 World Cup and at a competition with the Senior Team in 1995 in Nicaragua.
Gladstone is the career batting average record holder at Parkland College (Junior College), University of Tennessee at Martin (D1) and Adelaide Bite. He is a 6 time A-Grade Premiership player at Kensington Baseball Club.
Both Dunn and Gladstone are current Adelaide Bite assistant coaches.
Gladstone says he wants to create a squad will be a fun team to be a part of.
“Our goal is to put together a team of good guys that truly enjoy being around one another,” he says. “Overall, I’m excited to see the improvement in South Aussie juniors as they get an opportunity to compete against a higher standard on a more regular basis.”
Dunn says he is excited about the growth and development of all players playing in a league stronger than club baseball with the best players available in the SABL.
“That can only make all players better, but especially the younger ones,” he says. “It’s an opportunity to grow and shine and then move to the next level whether that be with the Bite, college or pro ball.”
TEAM 2: Scott Pratt (GM) and Adrian Chenoweth (Coach)
General Manager: Scott Pratt
Head Coach: Adrian Chenoweth
Scott Pratt played in both of BaseballSA’s previous Wednesday night competitions in the late 80s and mid 90s and takes the helm of a team in the new incarnation.
Pratt says this format is all about bringing in good people and pushing players to become better.
“Having played in the last two competitions I found that playing in a higher standard of competition not only improved my baseball but it was fun to play with guys from other clubs,” he says.
“It is going to improve our Bite players, our up and coming Bite players and competitors in club ball. This will give extra opportunities for our junior players to be involved with elite baseball.”
Pratt has an impressive background. He played for the Giants in the 90s, played 540 Div 1 Games, 740 Club Games, 3 time Premiership Player, and 3-time Div 1 Best and Fairest for the Goodwood Indians.
Pratt is one of the most respected names in South Australian baseball and welcomes another well-respected name, Adrian Chenoweth, to head up his coaching staff.
Chenoweth played Division 1 Baseball from 1995 to 2017, playing nearly 600 division 1 games for Golden Grove and Kensington. He coached senior baseball at Divison 1 level for nine years.
“I’m excited about the Super League because I’m old enough to remember watching the old Wednesday night competition in the 80s. I loved going with my brothers and parents to watch players who I wanted to be like,”
Chenoweth says he is going to try to build a team with great defence.
“With this competition coming back it will do great things for baseball in Adelaide,” he says. “It will be a lot of fun.”
Pratt adds it’s great to see so many coaches getting involved.
“This competition is bringing back some good quality people to the game and it also has given some younger coaches a great opportunity to improve their coaching,” he says.
“There certainly is a positive vibe going around the baseball community.”
TEAM 3: Mark Haylock (GM) and Paul Green (Coach)
General Manager: Mark Haylock
Head Coach: Paul Green
Assistant Coaches: Nick Hutchings and Glen Simmons
Mark Haylock is running an intriguing side that will likely be strapped with some of the best young talent and emerging coaches in the state.
Haylock played 20 years at Woodville and coached for 20 years. He had coaching stints with the Adelaide Bite and the SA Senior Teams, the Australian U19 and U17 teams, SA State U18, 16s and 14’s and the Goodwood Indians (three premierships).
As you can see, Haylock has a strong history of developing young talent.
“I’m excited about the opportunity for our best young players to play in a high quality competition,” he says.
Haylock’s staff will be run by baseball legend Paul Green and coaches Glen Simmons and Nick Hutchings.
Paul Green will roll into the ballpark every day on his Harley Davidson to lead a team that is expected to be a young and fun squad.
Green played for the Adelaide Giants, was an assistant coach with the Adelaide Bite and was a premiership winning coach with the Glenelg Tigers.
“I just love being involved in baseball,” Green says. “Love the game. And I hopefully have something to offer.”
Greeny says it’s great to work with a great team led by Haylock.
“Mark is a reliable and steady guy with a great knowledge base. I think through previous exposure through club ball coaching we have very similar values.”
Green leads a talented and emerging staff.
Simmons is jumping into the coaching ranks with an impressive track record. He played 700 A-Grade games with East Torrens, was on the inaugural Bite team, won two A-Grade Premierships, the SABL Batting Awards and made multiple state All-Star teams.
“I’m not only excited for the opportunity to be part of a great concept that will excite fans and push players to excel but the opportunity to coach a showcase of SA and international talent,” Simmons says.
Nick Hutchings is also on the staff. He is one of the youngest and brightest coaches in the state. Hutchings, 22, recently led the Seahawks little league team to a silver medal at the Australian Little League Championships.
Hutchings signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates at 16 years old and is a regular pitcher on the Adelaide Bite.
TEAM 4: Chris Lawson (GM) and Paul Mildren (Coach)
General Manager: Chris Lawson
Head Coach: Paul Mildren
Premiership winning SABL coach Chris Lawson is set to be the General Manager of a Super League team.
Lawson has playing experience in the SABL and ABL for the Adelaide Bite. He won Glenelg’s last premiership in 2016 as a coach. He brings playing experience from playing at Georgia College for four years in the early 2000s.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the best mix with the best,” he says. “It will be a fast paced environment that brings the community closer together.”
In perhaps one of the most exciting coups for the Super League, Paul Mildren makes his return to the elite ranks of South Australian Baseball as a coach. It’s an interesting connection between the two that goes back to Adelaide Bite days. Chris Lawson relieved Mildren in the first ever Bite game.
Mildren was on the 40-man-roster of the Florida Marlins (MLB) in 2007. He has minor league baseball experience and played as high as AAA. He’s pitched for the Adelaide Bite and for Team Australia at various competitions including the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
“I’m excited for the chance to see SABL’s best talent playing together in an exciting new format that will challenge the strategy of some of the best baseball minds around,” he says.
When asked about the teams recruitment strategy, Lawson was reluctant to give away any secrets. But Mildren revealed this:
“Home run hitters x fastballs and splitters = winners!”, he says. “No frills. Just good blokes that know how to play the game right.”
Baseball South Australia is excited to announce a new High-Performance initiative designed to showcase the best talent in the state.
‘Super League Baseball – Adelaide’ (SLBA) will be a four-team competition that plays every Wednesday night at West Beach between October and Christmas.
The competition will see four drafted teams made up of the best players in the state participating in a 9-week competition, with a Semi Final and Grand Final after the regular season ends.
Each team will play each other a total of three times in the minor rounds.
The competition is designed to feature the best players in South Australian baseball and provide a challenge for coaches. It will also provide another avenue for some of the best young players in the state to take their game to another level.
The Super League is free for any player as long as they are registered with a local club. BaseballSA has made Div 1 scheduling allowances to make the players available on Wednesday nights.
The new Super League format will meet several High-Performance objectives including;
1. High Performance: the league will provide pathways for athletes to develop, improve and achieve.
2. Player Participation and Development: to continue to develop both players and coaches, whilst providing talent identification and athlete pathways.
3. Coach Development: Provide additional High-Performance coaching opportunities for the state’s elite coaches, whilst increasing the number of coaches being exposed to a high level of play.
4. Communication and Profile: the league will engage areas both internally and externally, creating linkage between sports and non-sports organisations using sponsorship.
The showcasing of the best talent from the local competition on a weekly basis aims to grow the following of baseball, which will lead to further participation at all levels. The heightened level of competition will aid in best preparing South Australian teams for National Championship success and athletes for ABL and National team selection.