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Luke Abels: Australian RHP 90+MPH Seeking Team for 2018 Season

Luke Abels is a right-handed pitcher out of Melbourne, Australia. Over the past 19 years, Luke has played with the Essendon Bombers in the Victorian State League where they have created somewhat of a dynasty. In the past six years, Luke has helped lead the Bombers to six straight championships. He has represented the state of Victoria in numerous national competitions, been selected to attend MLB Australian Academies to play in front of MLB scouts, and has even received professional experience in the Australian Baseball League with the Melbourne Aces. Luke is now looking to extend his baseball career overseas and get the opportunity to travel, experience new countries and cultures, and continue playing and teaching the game he is passionate about.

Having studied exercise science and clinical health sciences, Luke would like to continue working in Europe within his profession alongside playing. As an accredited strength and conditioning coach, he could potentially be used to strengthen a team’s conditioning program throughout the season. Luke is passionate about coaching and would be happy to help out wherever necessary.

Since I have played with Luke on the VSBL All-Star team and against him throughout the 2016-17 season, I can speak firsthand of his abilities. Luke throws a fastball, slider, and split. His fastball can reach the low 90’s and has some arm-side run that can make it hard for right-handed hitters to get around on. He compliments that with a slider and split, each of which he can throw for strikes. Luke is a natural competitor and will do whatever it takes to help his team win. He works hard, takes good care of himself, and is a great teammate and mentor to younger players. Any team who is searching for their next import pitcher, should consider Luke Abels.

 

Luke’s story:

All throughout my junior career I was selected for various representative teams and other high-performance programs. During my senior career, I have played for multiple teams, most notably the Australian professional team (Melbourne Aces) and VSBL All-star team. While negotiating college scholarships I suffered a hip injury which lead me down another path, studying exercise science at university. After intense rehab, I was scouted by various professional American teams. Having had multiple personal tryouts. It was one scout who suggested I throw from the side, this proved to be very successful (topping 93mph, previously 94-95 over top). One of my proudest achievements is helping Essendon Baseball club achieve 6 consecutive Premiership titles (Currently attempting no. 7). After 8 years of university study, I now have the freedom to be able to play baseball overseas and have a good career behind me.


DEMOGRAPHICS

 Date of birth: June 27, 1991

 Birthplace / Current Residence: Melbourne, Australia

 Passports held: Australian

 Dual Citizenship: Yes, Germany

 Height and weight: 184cm / 93kg

 Bats / Throws: Right/Right

 Primary position(s): Starting pitcher

 Secondary position(s): Relief pitcher / Closer


PERSONAL

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Clinical Health Sciences, Master’s Degree in Clinical Health Sciences (Osteopathy), Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Diploma in Nutritional Medicine 

Hobbies and Interests: Guitar and other various instruments, consulting on gyms being built, and reading 

Post baseball career plans: Continue with a career in manual therapy and strength and conditioning, while simultaneously studying medicine

Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world 

Recent injuries or illnesses: None


BASEBALL BACKGROUND

Playing Experience

1998-Present: Essendon Baseball Club

2016-17: Victorian State Baseball League All-Star Team

 

Professional Experience

2012-17: Melbourne Aces – Australian Baseball League

 

Accomplishments/Achievements

2012-17: Victorian State League Champions (Essendon Bombers)

2006-09: Scholarship to Victorian Institute of Sport

2009/13: MLB Australian Baseball Academy  (for scouting purposes)

 

Articles

Essendon earns shot at sixth straight Summer League Baseball title with 2-0 series win over Fitzroy

Essendon Wins Overs Doncaster by 1-Run

Melbourne Aces Release Roster for New ABL Season

Wet Weather Doesn’t Dampen Saints Against Roadrunners

Local Derby Ends in Draw

Saints Bounce Back Against Monty

 

Coaching Experience

2015 Victorian State League 16u Pitching Coach

Current Essendon Baseball Club Strength and Conditioning Coach


STATISTICS

Victorian State League

YEAR TEAM ERA INN H K BB HBP R ER WINS LOSSES SV WHIP
2016 Essendon 2.81 51.33 28 55 32 9 27 16 5 2 0 1.17
2017 Essendon 1.35 33.33 13 39 17 3 5 5 2 0 1 0.90
Total 2.23 84.66 41 94 49 12 32 21 7 2 1 1.06

 

Australian Baseball League

YEAR TEAM ERA INN H K BB HBP R ER WINS LOSSES SV WHIP
2012 Melbourne 18.00 1 0 0 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 6.00
2013 Melbourne 136.36 0.33 4 0 1 0 6 5 0 0 0 15.15
2015 Melbourne 27.04 2.33 9 1 3 0 8 7 0 2 0 5.15
2016 Melbourne 6.72 1.33 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1.49
Total 27.00 5 14 1 11 0 17 15 0 2 0 5.00

 


REFERENCES

Richard King, Pitching Coach of Essendon baseball club – rking@dseg.com.au

Luke Abels is a right arm pitcher who has played an integral role in Essendon Baseball Club’s record-breaking six consecutive championship wins in the Victorian Summer Baseball League.

Luke has been used extensively as a starter and reliever in a very strong Division One team and is equally accomplished in both roles. He has excellent velocity (low 90’s) and control with a side-arm action that creates incredible movement. He also fields his position well and has great situational awareness.

Luke is an extremely fit young man with an outstanding work ethic. He has had little or no arm injuries throughout his career, partly due to the fact that he has a complete understanding of and respect for how his body works. He is a fully qualified osteopath, completing his university studies earlier this year and recently having undertaken an internship in India to expand his knowledge base.

Importantly, Luke is a warm and generous person who is an outstanding club person and mentor for young players. He is a very popular member of the Essendon Baseball Club, having come through its junior program and now being a willing contributor to the club both on and off the baseball field.

As a 26 year old, he is at the peak of his club baseball career and is now looking for additional challenges overseas, which his club fully supports.  As his pitching coach I have no hesitation in recommending him for teams interested in a complete package. I couldn’t recommend Luke more highly.

 

Phil Dale, Head International Scout for the Atlanta Braves – dalephil@hotmail.com

Luke is a sidearm low 3/4 arm pitcher that is in the 90 mph range, which is rare from that angle around the world. He has an electric arm and has become a lot better with command over the years. Has a good breaking ball from that slot also. When he is pitching well is as tough as any pitcher out there. Should do well in any league. He was high 3/4 slot and touched 94  before dropping down and becoming no more consistent and unique. Good person and fit and healthy body

 

Jon Deeble, Head International Scout  for the LA Dodgers / Head Coach of the Australian National Baseball Team


SIGNING PREFERENCES

Luke is looking for a team in Europe for the 2018 season. He would the team to cover flights, accommodations, and offer a salary to cover living expenses. If necessary, he may be willing to cover his own flights if the situation is right.


CONTACT INFO

Email: lukeabels@hotmail.com

Phone/Whatsapp: +61400511928

Facebook: Luke Abels


VIDEO

(Australian Academy 2013)

 

 

 

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