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Bite Watch is back!
04/08/2017 12:31 AM ET
Brandon Maurer has well and truly established himself as a closing star after a strong start to 2017.
Brandon Maurer has well and truly established himself as a closing star after a strong start to 2017. (Ryan Schembri/ABL Media/SMP Images)

A new season brings new teams and new changes, and we've been working hard to keep track of them all! With players in the United States, Europe and Japan, Bite baseball has well and truly gone global. If you think we've missed anyone let us know!

*Some players have not been included because their 2017 roster changes have not been confirmed.



•M Steve Mintz - Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Texas Rangers)
Coaching close to home, Mintz will be the Pitching Coach for the newly formed Down East Wood Ducks after the Rangers went for a sea change with their Class A Advanced affiliate, moving from California to Carolina.

•P Taylor Hawkins - Charlotte Stone Crabs (Class A Advanced, Florida League, Tampa Bay Rays)
Hawkins is on the up, moving from Class A Bowling Green to the high A Charlotte team in Florida. In his second full season as a pitcher, he'll be lining up alongside some familiar faces in Brisbane imports Kevin Padlo and David Rodriguez.

•P Devon Barker & Tyler Chappell - Trebic Nuclears/Max MacNabb - Skokani Olomouc (Czech Extraliga)
Our pitching trio are yet to personally kick off their seasons in the Czech Republic, although Trebic have opened their campaign with a 19-10 win while Skokani was edged 4-2.

•P Nate Roe - New Britain Bees (Atlantic League)
The indy baller returns to New Britain for another season with another Brisbane face in Jason Jarvis joining him on the pitching roster.

•P Ky Hampton - MLB World Team Select
16-year-old Hampton is the only South Aussie selected amongst the 13 Australians who will be a part of the MLB World Select Team travelling to Florida, where they will take on other international amateur teams. Their games begin on April 8.

•P Chris Horne - Therwil Flyers (Swiss NLA)
With experience playing in the USA, our local Under-23 star takes his trade to Therwil, Switzerland, in a huge sea change, where he will pitch in an improving competition.

•P Arik Sikula - Capitales de Quebec (Can-Am League)
Several Bite players have called the Can-Am League home in recent seasons and after spending some time in the Toronto Blue Jays system, Sikula is back in Canada with Quebec for 2017.

•P Zach Cooper - Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League)

•C Marcus Greene Jr. - Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Class A, Midwest League, San Diego Padres)
Working the grind, Greene Jr is looking fit and healthy after overcoming last season's injury, and now he's here to impress at Fort Wayne. Steve Mintz predicts big things for the catcher and now is his time to shine.

•C Alex Carter - Montpellier Barracudas (Division Elite, France)
After losing the SABL Championship Series with Port Adelaide, Carter is in France, which is a relatively unknown competition when it comes to Bite imports. We'll be following his progress closely in another unlikely baseball destination.

•C Jackson Brebner-Russ - Kotlarka Praha (Czech Extraliga)
Going 1-for-4 in his opening game for Kotlarka, Brebner-Russ and his side went down 6-3 in a tight clash.

•1B Josh Altmann - Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Texas Rangers)
Altmann picked up an early highlight at Spring Training with an RBI single, while life at the Wood Ducks has seen him collect a hit in both of his opening games, alongside an RBI and two runs.

WATCH: Altmann RBI Triple

•OF LeDarious Clark - Down East Wood Ducks (Class A Advanced, Carolina League, Texas Rangers)

An 0-for-5 start was rough on Clark but he bounced back in an 11-10 loss with three doubles and two runs at the top of the order.

•2B Jordan Cowan - Modesto Nuts (Class A Advanced, California League, Seattle Mariners)
Cowan's first appearance was an unlikely one, with the infielder relieving on the mound for Modesto in extra innings as their season kicked off. Tied at 2-2 after 12 innings, Cowan pitched one strikeout in two perfect innings for the W as Modesto won in the 14th.



•P Kevin Comer - Corpus Christi Hooks (Double A, Texas League, Houston Astros)
His call up to Double A in 2016 may have been a surprise after a quiet Bite season, however Comer has more than earned his spot in relief and a full season at the level will see even more consistency enter his game.

•P Josh Tols - Niigata Albirex (Baseball Challenge League, Japan)
Japan is the new home for Tols, who has spent time in Adelaide, Kansas City and Melbourne over the past three years, with the latest challenge arguably the toughest for the Australian pitcher.

•P Wilson Lee - Bonn Capitals (German Baseball Bundesliga)
After remaining abroad during the Bite season, Lee is once again with the Bonn Capitals where he had a highly successful 2016 season with the bat and ball. Their season begins this weekend.

•C Mason Pickard - Pitt Community College
He's hitting .234 for the Pitt Bulldogs in a strong Freshman season, recently mashing a grand slam against Catawba. From 25 games he has 15 hits, 15 runs, 16 RBIs and 14 walks, while Pitt leads the NJCAA Div II Region 10 (specific, hey?) with a 22-5 record. Overall, they are ranked No. 9 for Div II with 17 games remaining in the season.

•1B Kyle Petty - Arkansas Travelers (Double A, Texas League, Seattle Mariners)
After an underwhelming 2016 season at Double A (.194 in 37 games), Petty gets a fresh stadium to make amends in with Seattle swapping Jackson Generals for Arkansas in their Minor League reshuffle. He had two hits in his opening game with the Travelers at a 1-1 start.

•2B Travis Demeritte - Mississippi Braves (Double A, Southern League, Atlanta Braves)
As a No. 9 Braves prospect, Demeritte is fast on the rise. His Double A debut comes after a dozen Spring Training games, and at second his short term prospects have him behind Atlanta's top prospect, Ozzie Albies, but he is definitely in future plans. In his opening games he has a RBI double and RBI single, proving he can get in the action straight away.

•OF John Schultz - Evansville Otters (Frontier League)

•OF Gary Owens - Heidenhiem Heidekopfe (German Baseball Bundesliga)



•P Will Mathis - Sussex County Miners (Can-Am League)

•P Tony Vocca - Florence Freedom (Frontier League)

•P Craig Stem - Tigres de Quintana Roo (Mexican Baseball League)
In a recent move, Stem heads to Mexico from the American Association Lincoln Salt Dogs in an intriguing sea change. Classed as a Triple A league, Stem will be pitching in a strong league. For those interested, Quintana Roo is at the foot of Mexico, near Cuba.

•C Rocky Gale - El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple A, Pacific Coast League, San Diego Padres)
Back at Triple A, it's been tough for Gale to break back into the Bigs but a good season will surely keep his name in Padres discussions. He's hitless in two games.

•C William Thorp - Haar Disciples (German Baseball Bundesliga)

•2B Brandon Dixon - Louisville Bats (Triple A, International League, Cincinnati Reds)
Dixon had a huge March at Spring Training, mashing .409 in 13 games with two homers, 10 hits, and 11 RBIs. It followed a full season at Double A last year, and now the move up has him edging closer to MLB action. So far he's 1-for-9 after plenty of action in two games.

•DH/Coach Craig Maddox - New Britain Bees (Atlantic League)
Like many other Bite players, Maddox is stepping into the coaching side of baseball. He'll be DH'ing for the Bees so his hitting skills can still be put to use, but he will also be focusing on coaching his hitters after becoming a key part of the New Britain team in recent seasons.



•2B Brock Hebert - Arkansas Travellers (Double A, Texas League, Seattle Mariners)
Just like Petty, Hebert moves to Arkansas and after impressing in 2016 he'll be a part of their core. It has been slow going with most other imports from his time at the Bite no longer playing affiliated ball, but two walks and an RBI in his first start have him making his mark early.

•1B Chris Jacobs - Sioux Falls Canaries (American Association)



•P Andrew Kittredge - Durham Bulls (Triple A, International League, Tampa Bay Rays)
From Seattle to Tampa Bay, Kittredge is close to breaking into Major League Baseball, although not just yet. This'll be his seventh pro season, and fourth with Triple A action and each has been better than the last. He had four strikeouts in his first game, pitching three scoreless innings as Durham won 6-4.

•OF Quincy Latimore - Lakeland Flying Tigers (Class A Advanced, Florida League, Detroit Tigers)
Moving to his fifth club, it's been a strange journey for Latimore since 2007. He's been an All-Star in 2010 and 2015 in two different systems, and since 2011 has played nothing but Double A. However, his move to Detroit sees him drop down to Class A Advanced. He went bang in his second game with a RBI single and a solo homer.

•1B Ji-Man Choi - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (Triple A, International League, New York Yankees)
He broke into the Angels line-up but a switch to the Yankees has him at Triple-A to start. He has the potential to go big, and if he can do it at New York then he can do it anywhere.

•M Gabe Suarez - Cleburne Railroaders (American Association)
Suarez is a name not often mentioned in Bite conversations, however our early import has stepped up into the manager's box at Cleburne and we're excited to see how he goes.



•P Ryan Beckman - Jupiter Hammerheads (Class A Advanced, Florida League, Miami Marlins)
Beckman brings a feel good story, returning to affiliated ball after being released by Pittsburgh in 2014. Two strong seasons followed off the mainstream circuit and now Miami has given him a second chance in affiliated ball.

•P Wayne Ough - Solingen Alligators (German Baseball Bundesliga)

•P Derrick Miramontes - Toros de Tijuana (Mexican Baseball League)



P Brandon Maurer - San Diego Padres (National League West)
Maurer is the only Bite alumni named in a 25-man roster, and a strong start has him back at his best. In two ninth inning appearances he has two strikeouts and a save from a 7-6 win over the Giants while he also pitched a clean inning in a 10-2 loss to the Dodgers.

WATCH: Maurer SAVE for the Padres

•OF James McOwen - Capitales de Quebec (Can-Am League)

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.