Australians continued some good form for their respective MLB and MiLB organisations this past week, including one West Australian catcher who went from High A to the MLB within the space of a few hours.

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CHRIS BURKE - CLEARWATER THRESHERS

Victorian Chris Burke, after making his season debut last week, kept his place in the team to make four appearances for the Clearwater Threshers, the Single A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in a home series against the Dunedin Blue Jays at BayCare Ballpark.

On June 1, in a 4-3 loss, Burke went zero for two with a run and a base on balls. He earned a walk in the bottom of the third innings, and made it to third base on an Albert Jerez double into left field, before scoring on a sacrifice fly into left field by Kendall Simmons.

Burke wasn't part of the starting lineup for the 6-3 win on June 2, however, came into the game at the top of the second innings to replace an injured Yhoswar Garcia - and went one for four. He was the Threshers' lead-off batter to begin the bottom of the second innings where he hit a double into right field, scoring on an Arturo De Freitas double into left field.

Burke again wasn't in the starting lineup for the June 3 game, though did enter the game in the bottom of the ninth inning in a pinch-runner situation for Jerez. Burke made his way to second base on a single into right field by Wilfredo Flores, and to third on contact by Marcus Lee Sang. He came home on a Simmons single, that tied the scores at four-all as the Threshers went on to walk it off, 5-4.

Burke returned to the starting lineup for the 3-2 victory on June 4, however, went zero for three at the plate.

JAKE BURNS - PALM BEACH CARDINALS

After making his season debut last week, New South Welshman Jake Burns appeared in one game for the Palm Beach Cardinals, the Single A affiliate of the St Louis Cardinals, in a home series against the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

On June 1, in a 5-4 extra-innings loss, Burns went one for four at the plate, hitting a single into right field at the bottom of the second innings. He made his way to second base on a Darlin Moquete single into centrefield, and to third base after a wild pitch, however, wasn't able to come home as the inning ended.

HIGH A

ULRICH BOJARKSI - WEST MICHIGAN WHITECAPS

West Australian Ulrich Bojarksi appeared in four games for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the High A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, in an away series to the Lake County Captains at Classic Park.

On June 1, in an 8-0 win, Bojarski went one for three with two runs, one RBI and two bases on balls. He was walked at the top of the third inning, though remained at first base as the inning ended, but in his next plate appearance, with a two-strike count, he hit a two-out solo home run over the centrefield fence.

Bojarski was walked at the top of the seventh inning, and made it to second base on a single by Jimmy Mojica. With the next two batters each going down via a strikeout, with the bases loaded, Wenceel Perez hit a grand slam with the ball sailing over the fence in right field.

On June 2, a 16-8 win, Bojarski went two for five with a run and an RBI. He first hit a single into left field at the top of the fourth inning, making his way to third base on a Ben Malgeri single into right field, but was unable to progress any further as the inning ended. Leading off the top of the seventh inning, Bojarski hit his second home run in as many nights, a solo shot over the left centrefield fence.

On June 3, in a 2-1 loss, Bojarski went zero for three with a seventh-inning base on balls. The next day, on June 4, in a 2-1 win, Bojarski went one for two with a run and two RBIs after a third-inning lead-off solo shot over the fence in centrefield, and a fourth-inning sacrifice fly to left field that scored Malgeri from third base.

ALEX HALL - WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS

West Australian Alex Hall appeared in two games for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the High A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers in the team's home series at Fox Cities Stadium against the Peoria Chiefs, either side of a surprise call-up to the MLB as a catcher cover option.

Hall's first game of the week was on May 31 in a 5-4 victory where he went two for four with two RBIs. He hit a two-out single into centrefield in the bottom of the second innings that scored Ashton McGree, and, in the bottom of the third innings, grounded into a forceout, though remained on first base as Micah Bello scored on the contact.

With Milwaukee Brewers' catcher, Omar Narváez placed on the COVID-19 injury list, and without any other back-up options for a June 2 game at American Family Field against the San Diego Padres, Hall was called up to the Big Leagues as the closest catcher cover option from the organisation's Minor League affiliates. He wasn't required to come into the game, and was designated for assignment and sent back to Wisconsin the following day.

Hall returned to the Timber Rattlers for their 5-1 win on June 5 where he went one for three with a run and two RBIs, courtesy of a two-run shot over the right field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning that also scored Arbert Cipion.

RIXON WINGROVE - JERSEY SHORE BLUECLAWS

South Australian Rixon Wingrove appeared in five of this week's games for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws, the High A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, in a home series at ShoreTown Ballpark against the Brooklyn Cyclones.

On June 1, Wingrove went zero for three in an 8-5 win, earning a second-innings base on balls though didn't advance any further than first base.

On June 3, in the first game of a doubleheader, Wingrove went one for two in a 2-1 victory, hitting a two-out single into left field. In the second game of the day - also a 2-1 win -, he came into the game in a pinch-hitter situation, replacing Karl Ellison in a two-out situation at the bottom of the seventh inning, though he was hit by a pinch, as the next batter up grounded out, and thus, ended the game.

On June 4, in an 8-4 loss, Wingrove went zero for one with three walks - in the fourth inning where he ended up at second base, in the sixth inning where he ended up at second base, and in the eighth inning where he was picked off at first base for the final out of that innings.

On June 5, in a 3-2 win, Wingrove went two for four. He hit a fourth-inning infield single and reached second base before the inning was over, and a single into right field in the sixth inning, only to be forced out at second base.

JARRYD DALE - FORT WAYNE TINCAPS

Victorian Jarryd Dale appeared in all six games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the High A affiliate of the San Diego Padres this week in an away series to the Great Lakes Loons at Dow Diamond.

On May 31, Dale went one for four with a run, an RBI and a base on balls in a 9-1 win. At the top of the second innings, he hit a single into centrefield that scored Anthony Vilar, and made his way to second base on a Matthew Acosta walk. Dale got to third base after a Brandon Valenzuela single into left field, and scored on a Lucas Dunn sacrifice fly to centrefield. He earned a walk at the top of the fourth innings, but was picked off trying to attempt to steal second base.

On June 1, in a 3-1 loss, Dale went one for four with an RBI, hitting a two-out single into left field at the top of the third innings that scored Jack Stronach, as he as left on base when the inning ended.

Dale went zero for three with two walks in a 5-2 loss on June 2. A two-out walk at the top of the fourth innings saw Dale remain at first base as the final out was recorded, and a lead-off walk at the top of the ninth inning saw him make his way to third base before the dig ended.

On June 3, in a 7-5 victory, Dale went one for four at the plate with a run and a base on balls. He hit a single into centrefield at the top of the third innings that loaded the bases, and made his way to second base after an Acosta sacrifice fly to right field. He scored when Valenzuela hit a three-run home run. He earned a walk at the top of the ninth before Acosta grounded into a triple play to end the innings.

The TinCaps won 8-7 on June 4 when Dale went zero for four with a sacrifice fly to right field at the top of the second innings that scored Olivier Basabe. In a rain-affected five-inning game on June 5, Dale went zero for two in the 8-0 win.

JACK O'LOUGHLIN - WEST MICHIGAN WHITECAPS

South Australian Jack O'Loughlin appeared in one game for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the High A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, as the team was away to the Lake County Captains at Classic Park, pitching one inning.

On June 3, in a 2-1 loss, O'Loughlin came into the game at the bottom of the eighth inning, and got the first batter up to strikeout. He gave up a single to Petey Haplin before seeing the next two batters groundout and pop out respectively, to end the inning.

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DOUBLE A

CURTIS MEAD - MONTGOMERY BISCUITS

South Australian Curtis Mead appeared in five games for the Montgomery Biscuits, the Double A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, in an away series to the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park.

On June 1, in a 7-5 win, Mead went one for five at the plate with a run when he hit a lead-off single into left field at the top of the fourth inning, to which he made his way around the bases on an Austin Shenton single, then a wild pitch, before scoring on a Erik Ostberg single into left field.

In a 7-3 win on June 2, Mead went two for five at the plate with a run and three RBIs. He hit a two-out two-run home run over the fence in left field that also scored Brett Wisely in the third innings, and his second hit came via a fifth-inning single to centrefield where he ended up at third base before the inning ended. At the top of the 10th inning, Mead hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Tyler Frank.

Mead went one for three with two RBIs and two walks in a 4-3 loss on June 3. He first earned a base on balls in the sixth inning, before hitting a single into centrefield at the top of the eighth inning that scored Blake Hunt and Brett Wisely, getting the Biscuits on the board. Mead made it to second base on a wild pitch, before the inning was done. He was walked at the top of the 10th inning but remained at first base as the inning ended.

On June 4, Mead went two for four in a 6-3 win, with one run and two RBIs. He hit a single into left field at the top of the first inning that scored Wisely, though the next two batters fell to end the dig. He hit his second single of the night at the top of the third inning, the shot into centrefield allowing Frank to score as Mead scored a couple of batters later when Kameron Misner hit a three-run home run.

In the final game of the series on June 5, Mead went zero for three with a run, an RBI and two walks in the 8-1 victory. He was walked at the top of the seventh inning, and stole second base before scoring on a Niko Hulsizer three-run home run. He was also walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning which saw Jacson McGowan score.

ROBBIE GLENDINNING - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS

West Australian Robbie Glendinning appeared in all six games this week for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, in a home series at Arvest Ballpark against the Corpus Christi Hooks.

In the series opener on May 31, Glendinning went one for three with a run, an RBI, and a base on balls in the 8-7 loss. He hit a single into right field in the bottom of the first innings that loaded the bases but was given out at second base. He earned a walk in the third innings and rounded the bases to second and third on walks also, before scoring on a Jake Means double into left field.

On June 1, in a 6-2 loss, Glendinning went two for four with a run and an RBI, hitting a two-out single into left field that scored Brhet Bewley in the bottom of the first inning, the first run of the game. His next hit came via a lead-off double into right field to start the bottom of the sixth inning, making his way to third base on a Logan Porter double, and scoring on a Ryan Grotjohn sacrifice fly.

Glendinning went two for four on June 2 with two RBIs in the 8-2 victory. In the bottom of the first innings, he hit a single into left field that scored Tucker Bradley for the first run of the game, and stole second base before the inning was over.

Glendinning grounded into a double play in the third inning, but the contact still saw Bradley score once again to double the lead. Glendinning then singled on a hit into centrefield in the fifth inning that scored Maikal Garcia, with Glendinning making his way to third base before the inning was over.

On June 3, in a 5-4 loss, Glendinning went zero for three with a third inning base on balls where he ended up at second base before the final out was recorded. He had a zero for three game in June 4's 6-5 win, with two base on balls - in the sixth and 10th innings, the latter of which he was replaced by Nick Lofin to pinch-run, who scored on a Seuly Matias walk-off home run.

In a 17-4 defeat on June 5, Glendinning went one for four, his lone hit of the coming via a single into left field in the fourth inning as he was forced out a second base.

AARON WHITEFIELD - ROCKET CITY TRASH PANDAS

Queenslander Aaron Whitefield appeared in five games for the Rocket City Trash Pandas, the Double A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, in an away series to the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field.

On May 31, in a 5-1 win, Whitefield went zero for three with a run and two walks. His first walk came at the top of the first inning, where he made his way to second base and third base, both on a wild pitch, before scoring on Zach Humphrey's sacrifice fly to centrefield. He was walked again in the fourth inning but didn't advance further than first base.

On June 1, Whitefield went zero for four in a 6-2 loss, before a one for three game with a run and a base on balls in a 10-1 loss on June 2. In that game, Whitefield hit a lead-off triple into right field at the top of the fourth inning and scored on contact by Ryan Aguilar. He was walked in the eighth inning but was forced out at second base.

Whitefield went one for four with a run in a 4-1 win on June 4, hitting a two-out double into centrefield at the top of the seventh inning, advancing to third base before a passed ball got by the catcher to see Whitefield score.

On June 5, in a 3-2 loss, Whitefield went zero for two with two walks - at the top of the first inning where he was picked off at first base, and as the lead-off batter at the top of the sixth inning, though he was caught trying to steal second base.

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LIAM HENDRIKS - CHICAGO WHITE SOX

West Australian Liam Hendriks appeared in two games for the Chicago White Sox in the past week, as the team was at Tropicana Field taking on the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching one inning in each game, and earning the save in each game.

On June 4, Hendriks entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to replace Kendall Graveman with the White Sox holding onto a 3-2 lead, and was able to get lead-off pinch-hitter Harold Ramirez to pop out, before delivering back-to-back strikeouts to Kevin Kiermaier and Manuel Margot to end the game and earn the save - his 15th of the year.

On June 5, Hendriks replaced Graveman for the bottom of the ninth inning and saw Isaac Paredes pop out, Mike Zunino to strike out swinging, and Taylor Walls to flyout, ending the game with a 6-5 White Sox win, and another save for Hendriks.