For those interested in latest National Aussie Baseball, click below.
2008 might be the last year the Claxton Shield will be played, to be
replaced by the new MLB backed Aussie National Baseball League next
Claxton Shield baseball started in 1934 and is an annual rivalry between the Aussie State's best baseball players.
Unfortunately some of the top Aussie MLB and AAA players have been shut
down from playing Winter ball here this season, hopefully next season
with the new Aussie National League we will not only have all the top
Aussies playing but also some USA and overseas AAA/MLB Import players
allocated to teams here by their MLB clubs.
A number of Aussie players from the State teams are currently on MLB 40 Man Rosters or have been invited to MLB Team Spring Training.
Lots of new Aussie up and coming players also playing during Claxton Shield and the MLB scouts are as
thick as flies here at present. The National U18 Titles are also on
next week in Perth with the Country's top 16 and 17 year olds going at
it hard for their State and to possibly get signed Pro.
3 PHL young U18 Juniors are playing for Queensland with a chance of being signed by a scout.
My team is the Queensland Rams including 3 Senior players from my PHL Club.
Riki Paewai . Relief Pitcher , Ex SD Padres Minors
David Sutherland , 1st Base , Ex LA Dodgers Minors
Joel Naughton , Catcher , Current Phillies Minors
Interesting stuff Glen. Your post sparked a question and maybe you can answer it for me. Can you think of some Australian ball players currently playing here (in the US) in the major leagues? I can't think of any off hand, but you would know better then me. Just curious. Thanks!
Try this Link
7 Aussies played MLB last season, probably the current best would be Peter Moylan for the Braves. ( One is Grant Balfour... Is there a worst name for a Pitcher ???.............. I Think not...........)
About another 7 play Pro in Japan also I think.
Quite few more are on 40 man rosters and others being invited to attend MLB Spring Training as non-roster invitees. Look for Trent Oeltjen with the D-Backs in 2008. He will probably go back to AAA first.
Family Friend of ours is Joel Naughton , catcher with the Phillies Farm, should make A+ or AA in 2008.
Thanks for the link. I have heard of Peter Moylan. Right handed pitcher for the Braves, a team I used to follow more closely then I do now. I'll have to keep my eye out for Joel Naughton. I am a Phillies fan for life! I hope he does well. That's great.