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The Adelaide Giants Win The Claxton Protect


After a 43 12 months drought, the Adelaide Giants have introduced the Claxton Protect to South Australia. Their Australian Baseball League championship is Adelaide’s first within the fashionable ABL period.

The Adelaide Giants with the Claxton Protect

Earlier this season, Indy Ball Island reported on their record-setting 12 sport win streak which featured present and former indy ball gamers… a lot of whom I’ve personally gotten to know and see play through the years.

For the final two years, I’ve had what I think about one of the best put up I’ve ever written saved in drafts by no means to see the sunshine of day. That put up is able to go at any time when the Washington WildThings win their first Frontier League championship.

It highlights gamers akin to Quincy Latimore, Luke Wilkins and Nick Ward… gamers who have been all integral elements of each the Washington WildThings and Indy Ball Island.

The 2022-23 Adelaide Giants have three former (and one present) Washington WildThings on their roster Latimore, Wilkins, Ward and present participant Ian Walters who joined the Giants after the Christmas break.

The Giants had six present or former Frontier League gamers and 14 whole gamers with American indy ball expertise on their roster in some unspecified time in the future this season.

2022-23 Adelaide Giants with Indy Ball Expertise

  • Adam McKillican – Quebec (Frontier League)
  • Bubby Rossman – Sioux Metropolis and Cleburne (American Affiliation), York (Atlantic League)
  • Josh Tols – Trinidad (Pecos League), Kansas Metropolis and Kane County (American Affiliation)
  • Luke Wilkins – WildThings (Frontier League), Fargo-Moorehead, Sioux Falls and Chicago (American Affiliation)
  • Miguel Cienfuegos – Quebec (Frontier League)
  • Quintin Torres-Costa – Gastonia (Atlantic League)
  • Todd Van Steensel – St Paul Saints (American Affiliation)
  • Luis Aviles Jr. – Sugar Land (Constellation Vitality League – COVID Season)
  • Nick Ward – WildThings (Frontier League)
  • Quincy Latimore – WildThings (Frontier League) Excessive Level (Atlantic League)
  • Ian Walters – Southern Illinois and WildThings (Frontier League)
  • Michael Martinez – Lancaster and Excessive Level (Atlantic League)
  • Joe Johnson – Excessive Level (Atlantic League)
  • Sam Road – Kansas Metropolis (American Affiliation)

In the course of the season, it was introduced Mitch Neunborn could be becoming a member of them as he signed a contract with the Quebec Capitales within the Frontier League.

Additionally in the course of the season, two Adelaide gamers left “Indy Ball Island” and signed affiliated contracts: Nick Ward (Phillies) and Miguel Cienfuegos (Padres).

Nick Ward

Together with the signings, there have been some profession milestones and highlights reached.

Latimore hit his 250th skilled homerun. He’s at present 71 video games away from 2,000 profession skilled video games performed.

Quincy Latimore

Van Steensel and Wilkins, each native Australians, have been taking part in within the ABL collectively for 13 years. This championship is the primary for each of them. Moreover, Tols and Road hail from Australia.

Todd Van Steensel and Luke Wilkins
13 years within the making

And despite the fact that this web site is predicated round impartial baseball gamers, it will be a disgrace to not acknowledge a number of the different gamers who had such an impression for the Adelaide Giants this season.

Jordan McArdle, a former Diamondbacks prospect, is South Australian by and thru. “The Captain” has been referred to as the “coronary heart and soul of the Giants” and this can be very evident once you watch him play. McArdle was named the MVP of the championship sequence with some clutch hitting together with a number of homeruns within the three sport sequence.

Championship Sequence MVP
Jordan McArdle

For the reason that Giants are lead by supervisor Chris “Tank” Adamson, a coach for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws within the Phillies group, the workforce is a winter (Australian summer season) vacation spot for a lot of Philadelphia Phillies prospects.

Pitchers: Starlyn Castillo, Jordan Fowler, Austin Ross, Bubby Rossman
Catchers: Arturo De Freitas, Anthony Quirion
Infielders: Nikau Pouaka-Grego, Rixon Wingrove
Outfielder: Jared Carr

6 further gamers are in different affiliated organizations:
Adam McKillican (Colorado), Jack O’Loughlin (Detriot), Riley Yeatman (San Diego), Luis Aviles Jr. (Miami), Ryan January (Los Angeles), and Liam Spence (Chicago Cubs)

This workforce was one thing particular to observe. The fellows performed with coronary heart and fervour. That they had FUN, and it was a blast getting to observe them play. They completely left all of it out on the sphere night time after night time.

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Australian Baseball League Claxton Protect championship winners, The Adelaide Giants! Hell of a journey!

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