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By Tom Fee / Perth Heat
PERTH – After four rounds in the ABL, brought to you by ‘Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking’, Allan de San Miguel leads the league in Hits (15), Average (.441), Slugging (.794) and OPS (1.319) and trails only teammate Corey Adamson in On Base Percentage (.525). Despite sitting on top of the standings, the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat are yet to win a Delta Player or Pitcher of the Week Award. While this shows that the overall strength of the team overrides any reliance on any individual standout performances, one Heat player is clearly ahead of the pack early this season.
The Heat backstop hit .615 during Round Four in Sydney, including a game winning performance when the Heat broke a three game losing streak in Game Three, picking up three hits and a two run home run to left field against Vaughan Harris. de San Miguel popped in to the Heat office yesterday, mainly to give our webmaster advice on growing out his facial hair, but was also kind enough to stay and talk through his great season so far, his aspirations heading into big league camp with the Orioles and the World Baseball Classic.
Tom: You’re leading in average, slugging and basically everything else so far this season. What’s been working for you this year?
Allan: Making sure I have a consistent swing. Timely hitting, seeing a lot of pitches and going deep in a lot of counts. It’s about waiting for a pitch I want to hit so I’m looking for a ball up in the zone. Someone will make a mistake and I’m ready capitalise on it. Making sure I have a consistent swing and everything’s the same. And not to change anything about it even if I don’t get a hit. Just have the same good swing and stick with it.
Your numbers are improving consistently over your last few years here. Do you feel like you’re getting better and better as these numbers improve?
Numbers are showing that I have been slowly getting better between seasons. I hit .280 in the first year and .290 last year so the numbers are improving. It helps when I take what I’ve done here take it over to the states as well. Last year I had a good year with the bat with the Orioles. Things are improving and it’s because I’m getting more at bats and more mature and being more consistent with my swing and trusting it.
Last series against Melbourne ,Virgil and Claggett were singing praises of you behind the plate, saying you could call the games and they could just relax on the mound. Do you think you’ll go in with the same game plan this week against the Melbourne offence?
Virg and Claggett are really good pitchers and they command the fastball really well. They mix it in and out and up and down. It makes my job easier knowing they’re confident they’re going to throw this pitch here and this pitch there, but basically the same plan, which is knowing these hitters pretty well. Until the hitters start making some adjustments then we’ll make some adjustments. But if they don’t make adjustments then we’ll keep pitching the same way. It’s all about the game plan until someone makes adjustments.
What does it mean to you guys going for three in a row this season?
I think that winning four out of the last five years has been a really good run. We are still are really young ballclub and we’re going to be around for a long time with the same group of Australian guys. For us a three peat would be awesome but we’re just enjoying our baseball right now and going out there and having fun and winning games and that’s our goal. We don’t really think of it as a three peat, we just go out there to winning a championship and taking it year by year. It’s not about the phrase “three-peat” for us, we’re just going out to win a championship just like we went out last year and won a championship.
From the new guys, we’ve got about five or six young Perth guys on the roster, who’s impressed you the most?
All of them. It’s been good to see Corey Adamson start the season early. He’s really stepped up which we’ve been hoping for over the last few years. He’s coming through now and it’s good to see him starting to play earlier in the year. Josh McGee, we didn’t really expect him to come back from college and to be doing what he’s doing now. It’s good to see these young kids, especially Josh coming from college some experience under his belt come back and mix straight in with the guys, it’s really good to see. It makes it easier on us older guys a bit!
Dan Vaughan: What about our three and four guys last week who pitched great last week? We’ve talked about our one and two guys but three and four stepped up too which was pretty big for us.
Yeah you gotta understand that Scotty Mitch and Daniel Schmidt are both number one starters as well in a rotation. That’s the biggest thing for us is that we do have four number one starters. Daniel Schmidt has proved year after year that’s he’s consistently putting up numbers and getting wins on the board for the Perth Heat and he’s continuing to do it every year. It’s good for Schmitty to go out there and shove, and it was a big thing for him last week to prove to himself and to the coaching staff that he should be in the rotation. It’s big for Scotty Mitch to come back with all of the injuries and rehab he’s been through. He’s got something to prove to himself as well to go out there and do what he did last week and I hope he continues it, and all four guys take us to a playoff and win a championship.
Chris Dunn: There’s the upcoming World Baseball Classic coming up, what are your goals to prepare for Taiwan?
Basically just get my at bats in here and play with the Heat. Nothing’s going to change. I’m still going to go to big league camp first with the Orioles and from there I’m going to go to Taiwan. My goal right now is to keep healthy and have good at bats and continue this good season into big league camp and take that from big league camp over to Taiwan. It’s the same preparations every year, just basically stay healthy, that’s the biggest thing.
CD: Can you talk about what it means to you to represent your country in the tournament?
Means a lot. Means a lot to my family and means a lot to my friends and the baseball community in Perth. All the people who have come and watch me and supported me all of these years. It’s a big thing and we’re going to be on the world wide stage. To represent my country was something I did in Panama at the world cup last year which was a big privilege. This year leading up to next year, it’s the same thing, make the most of every opportunity and basically you thank the people who helped you get there.
TF: While it’s not set in stone, there’s a good chance you might be able to catch for Liam Hendriks at the World Baseball Classic, with him being one of Australia’s best pitchers. Will that mean something extra having a Perth based battery on the big stage?
Yeah I caught Liam a whole bunch of times. Nothing will change. I’ve even played and hit a home run against Liam, but this is going back to the under 16s! I’ve caught Liam a lot when he played here with the Heat and I’ve caught him in the Twins system so I took care of him over there as well I am looking forward to it, I haven’t caught him in a few years, it will be good to see how he’s looking because I haven’t seen him throw in a while. I’m excited. To have a Perth battery would be nice!
Tom Fee is a staff writer for the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat and contributor to the ABL Buzz. You can follow Tom on his twitter feed @thomfee.
The Pirates’ Gulf Coast League affiliate almost didn’t make the postseason, despite boasting one of the circuit’s best teams. On Sunday, it earned a spot in the Championship Series.
Colten Brewer yielded one hit while striking out four over four innings with Jackson Lodge and the bull pen throwing scoreless innings as the Pirates blanked the Cardinals, 1-0, in their one-game semifinal. Jackson was awarded the win when the Pirates scored their only run in the 5th.
Now the Pirates will face the South Division champion Red Sox (Beau Bishop) in Finals. The best-of-3 Championship Series was slated to begin Monday but was pushed back one day due to Tropical Storm Isaac.
Allan de San Miguel hit a 3RBI home run and went 2-4, scoring 2 runs, in the Frederick’s 10-7 win over Potomac.
Perth players Corey Adamson, Allan de San Miguel and Matt Kennelly played well at their respective levels yesterday.
Corey, who is in Short Season A had a very productive day going 4-5, scoring a run and pounding out 2 doubles in the process. Over the last 10 games he is hitting .364.
At High A, Allan is on a 5 game hitting streak for the Frederick Keys. Yesterday he was 2-4, scored a run, doubled and was credited with 1RBI in the Keys’ 5-2 win over Carolina. In fact Allan has hit in 9 of his last 10 games and is .295 for the season with Frederick.
At AA, Matt is also on a streak having hit safely in his last 7 games for the Mississippi Braves. Yesterday in the Braves 4-2 win over Jackson Matt went 2-3, scoring a run and in the process hitting an RBI double. For his last 10 games he is hitting a phenomenal .517.
As we mentioned earlier Luke Hughes failed to get a hit yesterday in AAA so bringing his streak to a close after 10 games. Luke did tweet his thanks to the large contingent of Australians who came out to his game in Las Vegas and said he was sorry that he didn’t put on a better performance for them.
Allan de San Miguel went 1-4 with a double and scored a run and had 2RBI in Frederick Keys’ 9-5 loss to Carolina. Allan has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games and is hitting .324 in that time.
David Kandilas has hit safely in his last 4 games going 1-4 with a run yesterday. He is hitting .278 for his last 10.
Jackson Lodge threw 4 innings for the GCL Pirates against the Yankees. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, 0BB, 1K. He has a 3.38ERA for his season.
Allan de San Miguel is in a mini hitting streak at Frederick Keys. He is hitting .308 since joining Frederick and in his last 4 games he is 8/15 (.533).
Boss Moanaroa went 1-4 today extending his hitting streak to 8, hitting 10/30 (.333).
For the season he is hitting .262 after 87 games, 290ABs with 16 doubles, 5HRs and 42RBI.
Joshua Hendricks went 1-4 today hitting a double taking his AVG to .279 overall and .305 in his last 10. Josh has now hit in his last 6 games.
Logan Wade, GCL Twins, went 1-3 yesterday taking his AVG to .236 overall.
Allan de San Miguel had a good day with the bat going 3-4, hitting a double and a home run, scoring 2 runs and collecting 2RBI. He is hitting .258.
Kable Hogben got his 4th win, throwing scoreless 7th and 8th innings in a 0-0 game. The Silver Hawkes then scored 2 runs in their 8th for a 2-0 win over Peoria. Kable’s line was 2INN, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 4K. He has a 2.60ERA.
Allan de San Miguel went 2-5, scoring 2 runs with 1RBI. He is hitting .231 at A.
Guy Edmonds had a good day with the bat for the Spokane Indians even though they were beaten 12-7 by Vancouver. Guy went 2-3, scoring 2 runs.
David Kandilas and Boss Moanaroa played each other with Boss’ Greenville shutting out Asheville 5-0. Boss was 0-2 whilst David went 1-3.
Cleveland have moved rehabbing Andrew Campbell to Short Season A where he went 1-5 yesterday with 1RBI. He joins fellow Queenslander Mitch Nilsson who went 1-3 today scoring 1 run. He is hitting .216.
David Kandilas was 2-4 with 1R for Asheville raising his AVG to .258 for his last 10 games.
Allan de San Miguel was 1-4 for Frederick Keys in their 5-4 loss to Winston-Salem.
Ryan Searle gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in the 5th inning in the Cubs 12-8 loss to Jupiter raising his ERA to 4.81.
In a surprising move the Orioles have sent catcher Allan de San Miguel to their High A -Frederick team. Having left the Twins, who had signed him out of the MLB Academy in 2004, he was no doubt hoping that a move to the Orioles would see him gain a place in AAA. He started in AA out of spring training and went up to AAA after 8 games but he played in only 1 AAA game, going 0-3 before being moved back to AA where, after 111 ABs he was hitting .225.
Considered one of the best defensive catchers in the Twins organisation and in Australia Allan has never been more than a low .200 hitter. In his 8 seasons in pro ball his best was .229 in 2009. Since 2009 he has spent most of his time in AA although he did get to play in 22 games in AAA in 2010 hitting .074. His last time in A ball was in 2010 when he played 49 games in the Florida State League hitting .194.
The Orioles explanation for this latest move is that they moved catcher Caleb Joseph from AAA to AA and moved Allan to make room for him.