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Moanaroas, among six sets of brothers with New Zealand

By Cash Kruth/

Boss, the younger of the Moanaroa brothers, played the 2012 season in the Red Sox organization at Class A Greenville. (Flickr)

There are six sets of brothers on the New Zealand team preparing for

next week’s qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic, but it’s the

brothers Moanaroa who have become the face of a team making the

country’s first-ever appearane in the tournament.

Moko, 22, and Boss, 21, are widely considered two of the most accomplished young

players in a country where baseball is rapidly growing. They grew up in

Australia, but their family is from New Zealand.

Moko, an outfielder, played in 98 games over four seasons in the Red Sox

organization before being released in 2011. Boss, a first baseman, followed his

brother’s footsteps into the Boston organization in 2009 and played

this season at Class A Greenville.

Personal accolades aside, Moko and Boss are looking forward to carving their

place in New Zealand baseball history. The team begins action in the second

World Baseball Classic qualifying round at 5:30 a.m. ET on Nov. 15 in

New Taipei City, Taiwan. The games can be seen live on MLB Network.

“Definitely, being the first New Zealand team, I feel very prideful,” Boss said.

“No one in baseball has ever done this.”

The Moanaroa brothers and the rest of their Kiwi teammates enter the qualifier

as clear underdogs, the only squad in the four-team bracket — which includes

No. 8 Chinese Taipei, No. 23 Thailand and No. 31 Philippines — unranked by the

International Baseball Federation.

But Boss said he’s been impressed with the team’s ability.

“Most of the team hasn’t had a lot of experience, but we have a lot of good

players on this team,” Boss said. “I think the whole world is going to be shocked

at what kind of talent we have in New Zealand.”

Other New Zealanders to watch include:

• John Holdzkom, a 6-foot-7 right-hander who appeared in six games for the

Reds’ high-A affiliate in 2012 and has a fastball that has been

clocked at 101 mph.

• Daniel Lamb-Hunt, who spent time in the Braves organization after being a

standout softball player. He recently completed his

third season of European baseball.

• Catcher Te Wera Bishop, also a former softball player, who once

signed with the Red Sox.

For Moko and others, the World Baseball Classic provides a chance for them to get

another look from Major League teams.

“Definitely, it’d be good to be picked up again, even independent ball as well,”

Moko said. “Go out there and show them what I’ve got.”

The play on the field isn’t the only thing New Zealand has in store for fans.

It also has a dance. A number of players are Maori, a strong culture in New Zealand.

Maori culture is the source of the haka, a war dance players perform

before games, much like New Zealand’s rugby team does.

“We actually made our own war dance just for the baseball team, and we’ve done

it before every game so far,” Boss said. “It’s going to be exciting — first time

anyone’s seen it. Everyone’s excited to do it, and it really motivates everyone

and gets people going in the same direction.”

It’s a direction that the Moanaroa brothers and New Zealand hope leads to a

big upset win for the team and greater opportunities for its players.

New Zealand Announce WBC Roster

 by John Manuel/Baseball America

Boss and Moko

Red Sox farmhand Boss Moanaroa and former Blue Jays farmhand Scott Campbell highlight New Zealand’s roster for the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament in November.

New Zealand joins host Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines in the event, scheduled for Nov. 15-18 in New Taipei City in Taiwan. Rosters are due Nov. 7 for that event and the concurrent qualifier in Panama City, Panama, which will include the host nation, Brazil, Colombia and Nicaragua.

“We’re incredibly excited about the roster we’re going to have on the field for us in Taiwan,” manager Andy Skeels said of his club, which will go by the nickname Diamondblacks in a play on the MLB team’s name and the “All Blacks” moniker employed by New Zealand’s famed rugby team. “It’s great to have identified so many New Zealand-eligible players of this caliber, current and former collegiate and professional players, plus talented and up-and-coming New Zealand domestic players who will for the first time reveal what they can do on the world stage.”

Maonaroa, a 21-year-old first baseman, is the roster’s top active player. He batted .262/.391/.365 with 77 walks and 20 doubles at low Class A Greenville this season. His brother Moko, an outfielder who hit .257 in 284 pro at-bats with the Red Sox organization, also is on the WBC roster.

The team, which will be led by the New Zealand-born Skeels (manager of the Giants’ high Class A San Jose affiliate), has one other active minor leaguer who played in 2012: Blue Jays first baseman Daniel Devonshire, who went 4-for-27 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Campbell, who played college ball at Gonzaga, reached Triple-A in the Blue Jays system and was a 2008 Futures Game participant before injuries sidetracked his career. The New Zealand roster also includes righthanders John and Lincoln Holdzkom, brothers with extensive pro experience. John Holdzkom was just released in July by the Reds organization from high Class A Bakersfield. The Holdzkom brothers’ father is from New Zealand.

A major league promotion kept New Zealand from getting its presumed ace, Angels lefthander Nick Maronde. The 2011 draftee out of Florida had spent time in New Zealand when his family lived there, but his fast rise to the big leagues prompted the Angels to keep him from playing in this event. Maronde’s brother Patrick, a righthander at Coastal Carolina, also decided not to play.

Skeels’ coaching staff will include Jay Bell as bench coach and Darrell Evans as the hitting coach.

In other WBC news:

• YES Network reporter Jack Curry tweeted that big league veteran Johnny Damon, who played for the Indians in 2012, intends to play for Thailand in the November qualifier.

• Venezuela named Luis Sojo its manager, with coaches including ex-big leaguers Andres Galarraga (hitting) and Wilson Alvarez (pitching). Sojo joins a raft of ex-big leaguers who will manage WBC squads, including Barry Larkin, who will manage Brazil.

• Another is Giants big league hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens, who will manage the Netherlands in the WBC. Brian Farley, who skippered the Dutch to the 2011 World Cup title, will serve as pitching coach.

Boss Moanaroa’s season in Review

By Marc Normandin

Boss Moanaroa, 1B

2012 20 Greenville SALL A 448 20 1 5 1 1 77 113 .262 .391 .365
4 Seasons 1018 44 5 17 1 2 151 247 .262 .373 .386
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/11/2012.

Things didn’t go nearly as well for 20-year-old Boss Moanaroa, who, besides his impressive walk rate, didn’t do much worth discussing in his first season outside of short-season ball. Moanaroa was signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2008, and has spent four years in the Sox system, posting lines that look a whole lot like 2012’s. He was younger than your average Sally League position player by nearly two years, and his 756 OPS is actually better than the league’s 718 mark, so don’t take this as a total loss of a year. It’s just less than what you’d hope for from someone who isn’t quite a prospect.

The Australian-born first baseman has fringy tools, and Sox Prospects describes him as having a below-average hit tool. The patience is nice, but it might be passiveness more than anything, given his relative lack of baseball experience, as well as his 25 percent punch out rate. One wonders whether he’s going to be in Greenville once more, to see if the second time around is better for him, especially given Lowell hasn’t produced any significant first base prospects this summer.

Adamson’s walk off; Darryl George; Boss Moanaroa; Kandilas homers

Corey Adamson

Corey Adamson won the game for the Eugene Emeralds with a bases loaded walk off single in the 10th to give the Emeralds a 5-4 victory over Spokane and propel them into 1st place in the League. Corey went 2-5 with 2RBI for the game. He is hitting .245.

Darryl George went 3-5, including a double, for the Princeton Rays in their 6-4 loss to the Elizabethton Twins. Darryl is hitting .260. For E’Town Josh Hendricks was 0-5.

Boss Moanaroa was 3-4 for Greenville Drive in their 9-1 drubbing by Kannapolis. He has hit well this week with his 2-5 against the Asheville Tourist 2 days ago. He is hitting .357.

Talking of the Tourists, David Kandilas hit his 4th home run today for Asheville against Savannah. His 2RBI bomb and 1-3 effort has him hitting .361.

Boss Moanaroa walk off rbi single gives Greenville Drive win over Asheville Tourists; Kandilas productive

The Boss man gets walk off single

Boss Moanaroa, Drew Turocy and the rest of the Greenville Drive used one longball and a lot of small ball to rally past the Asheville Tourists 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Fluor Field.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Turocy hit a two-run home run to tie the game. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Moanaroa singled home Nick Natoli with the winning run.

“It’s good to see that we’ve still got some fight late in the season,” Moanaroa said.

Boss went 2-5 with 2RBI whilst David Kandilas was productive for the Tourists going 2-3 with a double and 2RBI.

James Beresford; Boss Moanaroa; Stefan Welch

James Beresford hitting .303 recently

Having gone 2-5 against Portland Wednesday, James Beresford went 2-5 again yesterday in New Britain’s 9-6 loss to New Hampshire. He scored a run, hit a double and got an RBI raising his AVG to .303 for his last 10 games.

Stefan Welch went gang busters when he 1st came up to AA hitting .391 in June but unfortunately that has changed in recent times and he has been much quieter hitting .194 for his last 10 games. So it was good to see him being more productive this week. He went 2-4 Wednesday with a double and 2 RBI and yesterday hit 1-3 with 1RBI. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come for the rest of this season for Stefan.

Boss Moanaroa has also been quietly plodding along of late:- yesterday was his 4th consecutive game with a safe hit when he went 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Boss is hitting .257.

de San and Boss are starting to streak

Boss on an 8 game streak

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.

Boss Moanaroa on a streak, Shane Lindsay, Ryan Searle

Boss Moanaroa

Boss Moanaro  went 2-4 today taking his batting AVG to .263 and .281 in his last 10.

Boss has hit safely in his last 6.

Shane Lindsay,Charlotte Knights, Has an ERA of 6.53 overall but has pitched scoreless innings in the last 6 games.

Ryan Searle, Daytona Cubs. has an ERA of  5.02 giving up 1 run on 2 hits, one being a home run.

Daniel Devonshire, Andrew Russell, Boss Moanaroa

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell has an ERA of 2.47, pitching 1 innings of relief yesterday. Andrew gave up 1 run on a hit taking his 10 game total to 2.70.

Boss Moanaroa, Greenville Drive, has a batting AVG of .258 overall and in his last game went 1-3, scoring and hitting a double.

Daniel Devonshire After a long wait has finally begun his time at the GCL Blue Jays. Daniel has a batting AVG of .250 in 4 at bats, scoring and has one strikeout

NZ’s Black Jersey luring players home for WBC – Lamb-Hunt, Auty,Olson,Moanaroa, +

Written by Anna James
Players returning from all corners of the globe to make Baseball New Zealand history

In what is already shaping up to be a monumental year for Baseball New Zealand, three former Australian Baseball League (ABL) players could be important components in making 2012 even more successful for the sport of baseball in the country.

Currently playing on different continents across the world, Daniel Lamb-Hunt, Tim Auty, and Boss Moanaroa will be looking to reunite on their family’s home turf of New Zealand in September to prove themselves worthy of a shot at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) qualifiers later this year.

2012 marks the first time New Zealand has been invited to qualify for the WBC, and the first time a New Zealand men’s team, the Diamondblacks, will compete at the international level, and for those men chosen, an historical honour.

Daniel Lamb-Hunt

Auckland born and bred, Mt Albert-native Daniel Lamb-Hunt’s transition from softball to baseball began as an adult, yet despite his late start, he has received some well-earned breaks and accolades over the years.

“I hadn’t touched a baseball before being signed” said the 25-year-old slugger who was signed by the Atlanta Braves in 2005 and that began a three-year career with the well-respected Major League Baseball organisation.

Finishing his second season with the Brisbane Bandits ABL team, Lamb-Hunt flew to Germany for his third stint in the European Northern League, this time with the Bonn Capitals.

Lamb-Hunt is currently mid-season and gaining some experience from fellow teammate Bradley Robert-Huber, who spent time with the New York Mets.

“I’m working with him daily to build on a consistent swing… It’s been a tough ride [in Germany] but I feel I’ll be good for the playoffs and then the qualifiers.”

“I’m really working on my outfield skills. I’ve been playing all season out in left for my team, getting good at taking routes and tracking the ball, and my arm is getting a lot stronger every week I’m out there.”

Off the field, Lamb-Hunt is in the gym 3-4 times a week, focusing on leg work and trimming down slightly “I’m focusing on gaining strength and speed coming up to the latter end of the year.”

Lamb-Hunt is ready to add another highlight to his playing portfolio.

“I’ve represented New Zealand before with junior softball teams and it’s a great feeling, but to do it at this level [in baseball] will be unreal.”

“Hopefully all goes well and I’ll be there, to represent my family, my friends, and my country on the world stage.”

“What an honour it would be”.

Tim Auty

Sydney-bred Auty’s shot at the black jersey on the other hand is in part to prove his development to himself and his New Zealand relatives.

“My dad was born there, so [the qualifiers] would mean a lot to his side of the family” said Auty.

While having established a successful career in construction management, baseball will always be a constant for the right-handed slugger who at only 26 years of age has years of solid baseball experience under his belt.

“I’ve been playing baseball for 20 years. I started when I was five, playing for my local team Thornleigh; I played with all my school friends from the area which essentially was the reason why I started.”

Auty represented New South Wales throughout the junior and senior grades, taking the field twice for Australia, and was signed twice to minor league contracts, first in 2003 with the Seattle Mariners, and in 2006 with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2007 Auty joined the Evansville Otters Frontier League independent team.

Signed to the Sydney Blue Sox in the inaugural season of the newly revived ABL, Auty concluded the season with disappointing results, and many of his supporters commented that his final statistics weren’t indicative of his true potential, giving Auty the motivation to prove his worth once again.

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