The 2018 Hunlock Series Draft was completed on Monday night. The managers of the teams had a plethora of talent to choose from with 68 players drafted over 17 rounds.
THE FIRST ROUND PICKS
On a toss of a coin Black Barracudas had the first pick. Manager, Duane Badenhorst, selected two-time NBL Champion and 2012 NBL MVP, Jarrod Pretorius (pictured above). The South African last played for the Herts Falcons in 2017 and has missed most of the 2018 season, but he is back for The Series. Hopefully, this is an indication that we will see him return to the Herts Falcons for the 2019 season.
Next up was the turn of the Blue Rockers. With their first pick they selected Great Britain and Herts Falcons catcher, Conner Brown. Brown was also picked in the first round in the previous two years. After completing his 2017 season in the Bundesliga he was back in a Falcons jersey this year and helped the team finish as NBL Runner-up.
Next it was the turn of expansion team, White Lightning. Manager, Colin Whitton, selected the starting pitcher for the Herts Falcons in Game Two of the NBL Final, Wade Lynch. Apart from the wide variety of pitches which he will bring to the mound, Lynch may also come in handy when White Lightning face the Toulouse Astros as he speaks French.
The Red Roosters manager, Giuseppe Basilea, is the youngest Hunlock Series manager and he went for youth with his first round pick, by selecting Herts Falcons infielder, Alex Deacon.
FREE AGENTS AND TRADES
The full team rosters determined at last night’s draft are shown here. As more players sign up to play they will be able to join the teams as free agents. We will keep you updated about free agent signings and trades over the course of the Series.
New players aged 14 or above, regardless of whether they are members of Herts or another club or completely new to basball, can be added to the teams at any point. To be added to the teams or for more details contact Herts Baseball Club.
The Series commence on Sunday, 23 September. The first games start at 12:30pm at Grovehill Ballpark in Hemel Hempstead. Admission is free. For complete Series schedule click here.