Player: Warwick Saupold
Born: January 16, 1990 in Perth, Western Australia
Drafted: Signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers in 2012
- Played for the Australian National Baseball team in the 2008 World Junior Baseball Championship
During the 2011-2012 ABL season, Saupold lead the league in innings pitched with 70, struck out 53 batters, and went onto set a new ABL record by posting a 1.41 ERA. He was invited to play in the 2011 Australian Baseball League All-Star Game. Saupold would pitch 1 inning of work in the All-Star Game surrendering a hit.
With the bullpen looking like it’s reverting back to its old ways, Saupold got his opportunity in the big leagues on May 14, 2016. He is only 26 years old, so that bodes well for him. Pitching at the Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels, Saupold has had success at every level. He’s worked hard since coming over to America and the hope is that he continues to progress and form himself into a great young relief pitching that can be relied on to give you solid innings. Recording the win as a reliever in your second MLB game isn’t to shabby at all, and that’s exactly what Saupold was able to do, going 2.2 innings, scattering two hits and striking out 4 batters. The future looks bright for the ‘Aussie’ being in the pitching mix for the Detroit Tigers.
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