AAA – Hendriks Leads Bisons To A 3-2 Win

Hendriksbj24By Amy Moritz/

A solid outing from Liam Hendriks gave the Buffalo Bisons a 3-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in front of 5,692 at Coca-Cola Field Saturday afternoon.

Hendriks threw 5 2/3 shutout innings giving up just one hit with four strikeouts. Though he issued no walks, it took the lefty some time to warm into the game. He had a 23-pitch first inning. But things got progressively better. He threw 18 in the second then needed just seven pitches in the third and fourth innings to retire the side.


In 3 games so far for the Bisons with 9.2IP Liam is 2-0 with a 0.00ERA

A – Adamson, Atherton, George, Kandilas, Wade

Logan Wade has hit in his last 4 games including 2 triples

Logan Wade has hit 2 triples this week

Corey Adamson has appeared in 3 games this week [since our last report] and went a combined 2-12 including his first home run of the season and his 2nd RBI.   Good to see him connecting for the long ball in the first week of the season.

Tim Atherton didn’t have as much success in his 2nd outing on Wednesday as he did in his opener.   He started again and threw 5 innings for 7H, 6R, 4ER, 1HR, 3BB 2K.

Tampa’s Daryyl George hit 2-8 in his 2 games this week for 1R, including a double.

In his 4 games so far this week the Rockies’ David Kandilas went 3-14 with 2R, 1RBI including a double.

Logan Wade has appeared in 4 games this week and continues to hit well going 5-20, 2R, 2RBI and hitting 2 triples.  He hit his first HR in his 3rd game of the season.   Not a bad start in his first year of full season baseball.

Ryan Rowland-Smith Bounces Back Against The Dodgers

rrs12In the type of inning that he would have wished for following his less than happy outing last Tuesday against the Giants Ryan Rowland-Smith came on and threw a very workman-like 1-2-3 9th inning for the D’Backs today.

With the Dodgers leading 6-0 there was no win or save on the line for the lefty but he needed to regain his mojo following Tuesday’s outing and that’s exactly what he did.

So far this season he has worked 5 games, 5.1IP for 5H, 3R, 3BB, 5K.

Balfour Gets 3rd Save In Heart Stopper In Cincinatti

Balf12In a game dominated by David Price’s 10Ks Grant Balfour had to come on in the 9th with 1 out to finish off the game when a 9th inning one-out home run cut the Rays’ lead in half to 2-1.

Grant was then summoned and walked the bases loaded before recording his third save.  He started well striking out the first batter he faced to bring the Rays within 1 out of a win.   Realising that a home run would tie the game he worked the edges low and away and consequently put the next 3 batters on base as he struggled to find the strike zone before inducing the final strike-out for a win for Price and a Save for himself.


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The Shipleys – A Family Involvement

Mark Shipley (left) and Craig Shipley (right). Photograph by Nicholas R.W. Henning © 2014

Mark Shipley (left) and Craig Shipley (right). Photograph by Nicholas R.W. Henning © 2014

By Nicholas Henning

The Shipley name is synonymous with baseball in Australia and as a family they have contributed to a number of facets of the sport.

Father Barry Shipley established baseball retail stores, which youngest son Grant continues with his own business Diamond Sports.

Craig became the first Australian born and trained player to reach Major League Baseball, and his career spanned from 1986 to 1998. He played with the LA Dodgers, NY Mets, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels.

Middle brother Mark signed with the Atlanta Braves and attended Spring Training in 1988. He is also the only person, to date, to win three Australian Baseball League Gold Glove Awards in either version of the league, and he was one of only 15 players to play each season of the first ABL. Mark also won an ABL Championship with the Sydney Blues during the summer of 1995-96. The MLB 2014 Opening Series and Exhibition Games were played in Sydney from March 20-23, 2014.

Mark served as a coach for the Australian National Team and Craig currently holds the position of Special Assistant to the General Manager with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Please refer to these links to purchase a copy of Nick’s baseball themed books Aussies in the Majors, Boomerang Baseball and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento.

Complete Aussie Player List for 2014

Peter Moylan is facing Tommy John surgery again. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

Peter Moylan is facing Tommy John surgery rehab again. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

There have been some movement of players since our first listing for 2014.

Notably a number of players have been released following the conclusion of Spring Training:-

Allan de San Miguel [Rockies]

Dan Devonshire [Blue Jays]

Cameron Lamb [Astros]

Peter Moylan [Astros]

Mitch Nilsson [Indians]


A number of rookie players have now arrived in the US to join other young players at Extended Spring Training which goes through until the Rookie and Short Season Leagues begin in mid June.


Majors:  Grant Balfour (Rays), Ryan Rowland-Smith (D’Backs),

Triple-AJames Beresford (Twins), Liam Hendriks (Blue Jays), Trent Oeltjen (D’Backs),  Andrew Russell (Braves), Josh Spence (Marlins).

Double-AJohn Hussey (Padres), Matt Kennelly (Braves), Warwick Saupold (Tigers), Ryan Searle (Cubs),  Stefan Welch (Red Sox).

High-A Corey Adamson [Padres], Tim Atherton [A's], Ryan Battaglia [Indians], David Kandilas [Rockies].

Low-A:  Darryl George [Rays], Logan Wade [Twins],

Extended Spring Training:

Jackson Lodge  [Pirates], Daniel McGrath [Red Sox], Josh Warner [Phillies] – Short Season last year

 Dean Aldridge (Tigers), Ryan Dale (Royals), Sam Gibbons [Twins], Josh Guyer (Twins), Elliott Hargreaves [Reds], Nathan Hass (Braves), Sam Holland (Padres), Josh Kennelly [Reds], Ben Leslie [Giants], Todd McDonald (Rangers),  Robbie Perkins [Rockies], Pita Rona (Orioles), Aaron Sayers [Tigers], Adam Silva [Yankees], Lewis Thorpe (Twins), Todd Van Steensel [Twins], Matthew Wilson [Orioles]. - Rookie Ball last year.

Jack Barrie [Twins], Jake Bowey [Astros], Jared Cruz (Braves), Karl Hoschke (Braves), Nick Hutchings (Pirates), Sam Kennelly (Pirates),  Connor MacDonald (Astros), Dakota Mitchell (Reds), James Philibossian (Tigers),  Ben Shorto [Indians], Zac Shepherd (Tigers), Hayden Timberlake [Astros] – MLBAAP last year.



Cameron Lamb Fails To Get A Contract For 2014

lamb51The San Francisco Giants signed Perth’s Cameron Lamb as a 17yr old at the U18 National Championships in January 2007.  He played for the Giants until 2012, missing the 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Initially seen as a starter, he struggled through seasons 2009 – 2011 but seemed to have found his feet as a reliever in 2012 where he threw only 25.2 innings but kept his ERA to a lowly 2.10 with a 2-1 record.   Based on those performances he was picked up by the Astros in the Minor League (AAA) phase of the Rule V draft from the Giants in December 2012.  He was considered a reclamation project by the Astros who were aware of his previous injuries and bounced around their minor leagues last year finishing the season in AA with the Corpus Christie Hooks and 5.68ERA.

He had only been signed for 1 year and failed to receive an offer from the Astros for 2014.

Indians Release Mitch Nilsson

Mitch with super star Johnny Damon at Spring Training in 2012

Mitch with super star Johnny Damon at Spring Training in 2012

It would appear that Mitch Nilsson’s arm problems have brought about his release by the Cleveland Indians after just 2 active seasons.

Mitch sat out all of last season on rehab and the reports from spring training were that his arm wasn’t up to the rigours of a full season.

The 22yr old signed with Cleveland as a 17yr old on Feb 1st, 2008 but didn’t play in the US until the 2011 season when he hit an admirable .358 in 21 games at Rookie League.  The following year he was promoted to the New York Pen League [SS-A] where he hit .197 in 20 games.   He then had trouble with his shoulder that required surgery and consequently missed the entire 2013 season.   He is the nephew of All-Star David Nilsson.Further_Reading_Header-1024x185

AA – Kennelly, Saupold, Searle, Welch

Ryan Searle

Ryan Searle

Matt Kennelly has returned to the AA Mississippi Braves and in his 2 games so far this week he went 2-4, 1R and 0-2.

Warwick Saupold has had only the one outing so far in which he was awarded the win, throwing the opener for the Erie SeaWolves and going 5IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 5K.

Ryan Searle had 2 outings with the Tennessee Smokies in the first week of AA action.   In his first game he went 3IP, 1H, 1R, 3BB, 5K and followed that with a 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K 4 days later.

Stefan Welch has had a somewhat slow start to his 2014 season.   He went hitless in his first 2 outings but got things into gear in his 3rd game going 2-3, including a double and scoring a run.

Padres’ John Hussey is on the 7 day DL.

We are not sure what has happened to Cameron Lamb – Houston have listed him as a free agent.   If we hear anything we of course will let you know.


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