Feb 1, 2013 8:28 PM by Bill Halter
Former Cal Poly baseball player Adam Buschini signed a contract with the San Diego Padres on Friday after a spectacular season in Australia. Buschini won the the Australian Baseball League's Triple Crown while helping lead Canberra to the ABL Championship. Canberra will play Sydney in the Championship Series that starts on February 8th.
Buschini was drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 after hitting .422 in his final season at Cal Poly. The .422 average is the Cal Poly Division I record. Buschini was a .336 hitter as a Mustang from 2006-09. The third baseman missed the 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Buschini was cut by the Phillies in 2010. The Padres have picked up the remaining three years of his contract with the Phillies. After being cut by Philadelphia, Buschini played for the Chico Outlaws (.288, nine home runs, 52 RBI) in 2011 and the Amarillo Sox (.354, 14 home runs, 70 RBI) in 2012 before joining Canberra to try to get back to the minor leagues.
After finishing the season with the Cavs next week, Buschini will join the Padres for spring training and could play for their AA-class team, the San Antonio Missions.
Buschini claimed the ABL Triple Crown with a .363 batting average, a league record-tying 15 homers, and an ABL record-breaking 50 RBIs in just 45 games.
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