Perth Heat are confident they won't just be making up the numbers at the 2012 Asia Series this week.
Riding high after an Australian Baseball League season-opening 3-0 sweep away against Adelaide Bite, the Heat left for Busan, South Korea yesterday determined to stake their claim for a significant chunk of the $800,000 prize money.
The Asia Series features the best teams from Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.
It will present a different experience for the majority of Heat players, with major media attention and thousands of fans set to pack the Sajik Baseball Stadium.
American right-hander Virgil Vasquez - last season's ABL grand final series MVP - will play a key role on the mound for the Heat.
"We're going over there to win this whole thing," Vasquez said.
"Their baseball culture will create a whole different atmosphere and environment and the players are really looking forward to it."
Veteran Korean left-hander Dae Sung Koo will bolster the Heat's pitching staff.
The former New York Mets pitcher is a legend in Korea, where he began his professional career in 1993 with the Hanwha Eagles, and spent the past two ABL seasons with the Sydney Blue Sox.
Baltimore Orioles imports Steve Bumbry (outfielder) and Michael Ohman (1st base/catcher) have also joined the Heat after arriving in Australia last week.
The Heat return to Perth next week for their ABL home opener against Melbourne Aces starting on November 16.