Canberra Cavalry Qualify for Australian Preliminary Final

Several Toronto Blue Jays have played an integral role in helping the Canberra Cavalry to a 2nd place finish

 

On January 29th, the Canberra Elite Cavalry will play game one of the ABL Preliminary Round against 3rd place Adelaide Bite, who they finished one game ahead of in the standings.

From a Blue Jays stand point, Canberra has Blue Jays that led the league in batting average, RBI’s, and 2nd place in runs scored.

Left Fielder David Harris, a 36th round pick of the Blue Jays in 2013, has provided the Cavalry with an All-Star leadoff hitter who has set the table for the meat of the line-up all season. Harris hit .346/.418/.531 in 48GP with 11 doubles, 2 triples, and 6 home runs. He finished with the highest batting average in the league beating out Sydney Blue Sox’ Trent D’Antonio by 2 points.

Short Stop Jason Leblebijian, a 24th round pick of the Blue Jays in 2012, has given Canberra a good glove up the middle and an even more valuable bat in the clean-up spot. Mainly an org guy for the Blue Jays’ A-Ball teams in 2015, Jason Leblebijian has made 18 appearances in the 2-hole and 33 appearances in the clean-up spot batting .361 and .285 respectively for the Australian team.  He finished in the top 10 of many offensive categories, while leading the league with 19 doubles, and 44 RBI (T-1st).  In 51 games Leblebijian hit .312/.386/.535 with 19 doubles, a triple, and 8 home runs.

Right Fielder Derrick Loveless, a 27th round pick of the Blue Jays in 2011, has struggled to find traction down under. He’s played 38 games and has hit .197 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, and 4 home runs. He is no longer with the team, having played his last game on January 3rd.

The Blue Jays also sent relief pitchers to the ABL, Colton Turner and Phil Kish.

Turner, a 21st round pick in 2012, is a LHP who spent 2015 in the bullpen for Lansing and Dunedin. Colton struggled to find his place with the Cavalry. He was being stretched out as a starter, ultimately being put back in the pen. He finished with a 2-1 record with a 6.75 ERA in 36 innings.

Phil Kish (undrafted) is a 26-yr-old RHP who also pitched for the Lugnuts and D-Jays in 2015. Like Colton Turner, Kish has struggled in Australia with a 1-1 record and 6.15 ERA in 25 games. Phil struggled with his control walking 11 and striking out 16 while opponents hit .348 off him.

Stay tuned as Jays From the Couch will provide game recaps of the Cavalry’s final games of 2016.

 

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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.