Spring training is underway across Florida and Arizona, but those are just meaningless exhibition games. Real live and meaningful baseball was being played down under earlier this month, where the Canberra Cavalry met the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League Championship Series.
Spoiler alert!: The Calvary swept the best-of-3 series. It was kind of a big deal because the Heat were the two-time defending champions. Canberra won the series thanks in part to Game 1 starter Brian Grening, who held Perth to two runs in 7 2/3 innings. His weapon of choice? This fading changeup:
That is a mighty fine changeup.
The 27-year-old Grening was a 38th-round pick of the Indians back in 2008, though he spent last season pitching for the independent Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association. He went 10-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 146 1/3 innings, striking out 113 against only 30 walks. Grening hasn't played affiliated baseball since 2010, but if nothing else, the kid throws one hell of a changeup.
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