Winter League Week 16 Recap: ABL

The regular season of the Australian Baseball League came to an end over the weekend and unfortunately, the Melbourne Aces did not qualify for the postseason. Canberra and Adelaide will face off in a best-of-three series this weekend, with the winner moving on to the ABL Finals to face Brisbane the following weekend (games are on MLB Network).

Meanwhile, the Aces finished in last place with a 20-35 record.

In their final series of the season, the Aces went 1-2, as one of the game’s was cancelled due to bad weather (Thursday and Friday’s games were postponed).

Mike Hill

New Blue Rock Mike Hill as he debuted at third base on September 7, 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Mike Hill started all three games for the Aces. He started at catcher twice and then first base in the other. On Sunday, he started at catcher, moved to first base in the 5th inning, and then third base in the seventh. He did commit his eighth error on Saturday as the catcher.

At the plate, Hill went 3-for-10 with two walks, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Hill finished the ABL season hitting .273 with eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs in 50 games. He scored 26 runs and drove in 18. Hill walked 13 times compared to 42 strikeouts in 172 at-bats.

Hill had huge home-and-road splits: just .202 in Melbourne, while he hit .341 on the road. While he went ice cold in the middle of the season after hitting .294 in six October games, Hill finished the season going 10-for-34 in his last ten games.

Logan Moon

Blue Rocks outfielder Logan Moon at the plate in 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Logan Moon started both games on Saturday, once in right field and the other in center. At the plate, he went 3-for-8 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs. He stole two bases on Saturday to give him 12 on the season (second in the ABL).

Moon finished the ABL season hitting .300 with nine doubles, four triples, and five home runs in 54 games. He scored 28 runs and drove in 24. Moon walked just nine times compared to 36 strikeouts in 203 at-bats. I mentioned that he finished with 12 stolen bases, but he was only caught twice. He also finished the season on a seven-game hitting streak.

All of that offense came after Moon struggled mightily at the beginning (.200 in seven October games), with him hitting below .200 for awhile. He also struggled in his last ten games (10-for-44).

 

The two KC Royals minor leaguers will now be heading home to get ready for spring training in Arizona, which is about a month away.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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