Baseball Australia are pleased to announce the final roster for the newly renamed Southern Thunder that will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21.
Headlining Australia’s final roster announcement is left-handed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith (Arizona Diamondbacks), hard hitter Trent Oeltjen (Sydney Blue Sox), and left-handed Australian and Korean legend Koo Dae-Sung (Sydney Blue Sox).
Stefan Welch (Boston Red Sox) and Mike Walker (Milwaukee Brewers) will join Oeltjen as Australia’s power hitters, while right-handed pitchers Ryan Searle (Chicago Cubs) and Tim Atherton (Oakland Athletics) will start for Australia.
“We are happy with the range of players who have made themselves available to come back from overseas during season and play for their country”, said Manager Jon Deeble.
“We have a good mix of talent with the depth of experience but also some young local players who will have to step up and play well beyond their years. We are prepared and look forward to be challenged by the best,” said Deeble.
Today’s roster follows February’s first announcement of Justin Huber (Melbourne Aces), Brad Thomas (Sydney Blue Sox), Luke Hughes (Perth Heat), Brad Harman (Melbourne Aces) and Tim Kennelly (Perth Heat).
Donning the green and gold for their first international appearances for Australia are catcher Guy Edmonds (Sydney Blue Sox), infielder Logan Wade (Brisbane Bandits), right handed pitchers Tim Atherton (Sydney Blue Sox) and Richard Olson (Adelaide Bite).
Australia will compete against MLB’s National League powerhouses, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, in a two-game series on Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. On Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks will open the official Major League Baseball season, marking the first MLB Opening Series ever to be staged in Australia.
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THURSDAY MARCH 20
TEAM AUSTRALIA V LOS ANGELES DODGERS 7:30PM SCG
FRIDAY MARCH 21
TEAM AUSTRALIA V ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 7:30PM SCG
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