27/02/2024

Lachlan Wells pitches for Team Australia. (Photo: SMP Images)

Team Australia pitcher Lachlan Wells joins the Adelaide Giants, adding to their pitching potential ahead of the upcoming ABL season.

The Adelaide Giants have announced their first off-season acquisition ahead of the 2021/22 Australian Baseball League season, signing Team Australia pitcher Lachlan Wells.

Born in Newcastle, Wells began his ABL career in 2013 with the Sydney Blue Sox. He spent three seasons at the Blue Sox before moving to the US, returning to the side for the 2020/21 season.

In four seasons of ABL action, Wells boasts a 4.42 earned run average. In 10 starts across 15 games, Wells has pitched 53 innings in total. Last season in Sydney, Wells compiled a 1.08 ERA and a WHIP of 0.84 through 8.1 innings of work.

Lachlan Wells has previously played with the Sydney Blue Sox. (Photo: SMP Images)

Now though, a new challenge awaits him as he looks to further his career in another state, signing with the Giants after having previously played with many of their current roster.

“You hear nothing but good things about Adelaide. It’s something I really want to be a part of,” Wells said

“Adelaide has a good group of young guys and some older heads in the team. I wanted to be a part of that. I grew up playing with a couple of these boys before and I look forward to playing with them again.”

The Adelaide Giants expect Wells to be a part of the starting rotation. Adelaide’s pitching coach, former San Diego Padres pitcher Josh Spence, is excited by what Wells can execute on the mound.

“It’s incredible news to be able to add an Australian pitcher with such calibre,” Spence said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how Lachlan enhances us both on the field and with the culture we are trying to cultivate here at the Giants.”

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A left-handed pitcher, Wells has been playing in the United States for the past five years after signing a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins.

The 24-year-old had made his way into the organisation’s High-A affilate Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2016. There, he claimed a 1.77 ERA in 12 games with over 71 innings pitched.

Overall on his Minor League Baseball career which was split between rookie ball and affiliate squads, in 49 games, Wells has amassed a 3.02 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

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