Reeves and Collymore named to ABL World All-Star team

By: Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

This year's Austrailian Baseball League All-Star Game will feature a pair of Canadian imports as catcher Mike Reeves and outfielder Malik Collymore were named to the circuits World team on Wednesday.

Reeves, 26, recently completed his fourth year of affiliated ball by establishing new single-season highs in stolen bases (7), doubles (8) and home runs (3) over 53 games as a member fo the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2016.

Selected by Toronto in the 21st round of 2013's June amateur draft, the Peterborough, ON native is currently hitting .309 with a team-best nine extra-base hits and an OPS of 1.003 through the Canberra Cavalry's first 16 games of the season.

Collymore, 21, is a product of the Milwaukee Brewers organization who has combined to slash .254/.323/.362 across 184 minor league games since signing with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of 2013 draft.

Through 16 games with the Sydney Blue Sox, the product of Mississauga, ON, is leading the club in nearly every offensive category including stolen bases (6), hits (20), doubles (5), batting average (.333), home runs (3) and RBI with 15.

The ABL All-Star game pits the league's top imported national players up against some of Australias most promising talent in an annual showcase down under. 

Presented by Boral, this year's event is scheduled to take place on December 22nd in Melbourne, VIC, and will be streamed live via ABLtv.com, the ESPNGO app and MLB.com.

Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.