The Australian Baseball League announced the rosters for the upcoming All Star Game today. Two Europeans and a few players that used to play in the Dutch hoofdklasse are added to the World All Star Roster or to the roster of team Australia.
BlueSox player Craig Anderson, former player for Curacao Neptunus of the Dutch hoofdklasse is added to the roster of team Australia. In the ABL he has appeared in four starts in which he got a 3-0 record with a 3.38 ERA. Anderson kept his opponents to a .264 batting average so far this season.
Another former Dutch hoofdklasse player is Dushan Ruzic, also former pitcher of Curacao Neptunus. Ruzic now plays for the Melbourne Aces and has appeared in four starts in which he recorded one win and one loss with a 4.05 ERA. In the Dutch hoofdklasse Ruzic mostly served as a reliever/closer.
Justin Erasmus is also added to the roster of team Australia. The former Dutch hoofdklasse player is one of the starting pitchers of the Brisbane Bandits. Last weekend Erasmus won his first game of the season after pitching six strong innings vs the Sydney BlueSox.
In four games Erasmus posted a 3.26 ERA, as he kept his opponents limited to a batting average of .235. Erasmus also pitched for the Munich-Haar Disciples in 2016.
One of the two Europeans that is added to the World All Star Roster is German born Sven Schuller, who pitched for the Ogden Raptors of the rookie Pioneer League in the 2016 MiLB season. This ABL season, Sven is serving as a relief pitcher for the Sydney BlueSox. In five appearances he lost one game, earned a save and posted an ERA of 2.70, limiting his opponents to a BA of only .208 and recording a WHIP of 0.90.
Dutch reliever Loek van Mil is also added to the roster of the World All Star team. Van Mil is also linked to Curacao Neptunus where he piched in the 2016 season as he recorded the final out of the Holland Series, winning the fourth Dutch championship for Curacao Neptunus in a row.
So far Loek has appeared in six games of which he lost one game and in which he recorded one save over nine innings pitched. Even though his ERA is more than respectable (1.00) he has a hard time to keep the hitters in check as his opponents have a batting average of .314 so far.
In a league in which most foreign players are minor leaguers from the USA or Canada, it is a nice achievement that two players with a European background have made it to the ABL All Star Game.