Warwick Saupold Signs with Tigers

The best pitcher in the ABL, who was not affiliated with any major league team has now signed with the Detroit Tigers.  Warwick Saupold, who pitches for the Perth Heat, led all pitchers in ERA at 1.41, setting an ABL record for lowest ERA.  Myworld was impressed with his lower frame when he pitched for the Perth Heat in the Asian Series.  He only pitched in relief in the one game we saw him work and he didn’t pitch that well, giving up a grand slam homerun to Myung-Chul Shin in his third inning of work, but allowing six runs in the inning.  He was a bit high in the strike zone and got behind in the count in his disasterous 6-run eighth inning.  He throws in the low 90s and his breaking stuff did not seem to wow me, so that may need some work.

You can read the article here: http://web.theabl.com.au/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120125&content_id=26457340&vkey=news_l595&fext=.jsp&sid=l595  While the article indicates he has been the most consistent pitcher in the ABL he had a stretch, including the Asian series where he struggled with his control.  It was the December period where he gave up 13 of his 18 runs, but he finished strong.  At 22 years of age he is a bit old to be starting his professional career, but if major league teams can sign Cubans and Japanese professionals at 26 or 32 years of age they can sign an Australian at 22 years of age.

Next on the list of signings will hopefully be Elliott Biddle, who pitched in the minor leagues for one year a number of years ago.  He is a hitter now and his 13 homeruns were second in the ABL.  The one downside of his numbers is his 8/41 walk to whiff ratio in 42 games and his 23 years of age.  He did have a streak where he hit homeruns in six consecutive games.  If they can sign Dominicans who claim to be 16 but are actually 21, they can sign an Australian who is a true 23 years of age.

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