As the 2012 MLB season swings into May, six Australians have already made appearances in the Major Leagues. Listed below are details of how each have fared thus far;
Grant Balfour (Oakland Athletics) – Balfour has had an ok start to the new season, having appeared in 14 games thus far and recorded an ERA of 4.73. His W/L record is 0/1, he has pitched a total of 13.1 innings and has struck-out 11 hitters.
Travis Blackley (San Francisco Giants) – After returning to the big leagues for the first time since 2007, Blackley has appeared twice and has pitched a total of 3.0 innings, giving up 1 Earned Run. More opportunities await the 30-year-old Melbournian.
Liam Hendriks (Minnesota Twins) – Hendriks has had a terrible start to 2012, appearing in 4 games (0 Wins & 2 Losses), pitching 18.0 innings and recording an ERA of 9.00. He has allowed 30 hits, 5 of which were Home Runs and has struck-out just 9 hitters. He's in serious danger of being cut from the roster.
Luke Hughes (Oakland Athletics) – Hughes has played in eight games thus far and has achieved just 3 hits (2 RBI) at a disappointing average of .130. He has struck out 10 times which is a concern for the A’s management.
Josh Spence (San Diego Padres) – Spence has already appeared in 7 games this season, however has pitched just 5.2 innings. His ERA of 4.76 isn't too bad and he has struck out 6 hitters.
Rich Thompson (Oakland Athletics) – Thompson has appeared in 3 games (0 Wins & 1 Loss) thus far in 2012, pitching 3.0 innings and recordign an ERA of 12.0. It's been a poor start for the 28-year-old, who has given up 6 hits already.
We’ll have another update in early June.
To see how the nine Australian’s performed in the MLB during the 2011 season, please click here.
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