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Bite recruits three Texas Rangers
US imports boost Adelaide ahead of ABL
10/12/2017 7:48 PM ET
Twenty-year-old Catcher Isaias Quiroz is one of three Texas Rangers heading down under for the season.
Twenty-year-old Catcher Isaias Quiroz is one of three Texas Rangers heading down under for the season. (Spokane Indians)

ADELAIDE Bite's ties with Major League Baseball have delivered three highly-rated US imports ahead of the upcoming ABL season.

The SA club announced on Thursday it had bolstered its roster with a trio of Texas Rangers rookies as it chases its maiden national title.

Big-hitting pair Stephen Lohr and Darius Day, as well catcher Isaias Quiroz, will join the Adelaide squad in early November.

Bite manager Chris Adamson said their arrival was the result of close bonds with the two-time American League champion.

"Through those relationships (with the Rangers) we've been able to continue to build rapport and almost cherrypick the guys that we want and need," Adamson said.

"It's really exciting and all three of them (recruits) will bring different things to our team that will compliment the guys that we've already got here.

"On paper, it looks like a really good fit for us as a group and hopefully ensures some success moving forward."

The signings, who have just completed their Minor League commitments in the US, caught Adamson's eye when the mentor spent spring training with the Rangers.

Quiroz, 20, will bring a physical presence behind the home plate, while Day, 23, is an athletic outfielder who has recently recovered from a ruptured achilles tendon.

Infielder Lohr offers versatility in defence and explosive power in the batter's box.

"When I worked with him (Lohr) earlier this year, he was learning another position so he's someone that can cover a couple of different positions," Adamson said of the 22-year-old.

"In addition to that, he's a real offensive threat so his batting is one of his strong suits.

"That's something that I'm looking forward to unleashing on the league."

The recruits followed the capture of veteran Taiwanese slugger Chang Tai-Shan as Adelaide looked to fill its eight-import quota before its round-one clash on November 16.

Adamson hoped the new additions would continue a fruitful run for the Bite, which had set nine of its US imports on the road to the Major League in the past seven seasons.

"Essentially we're looking after their investments, so it's a credit to us as an organisation that they do allow guys to continue to come down," the first-year manager said.

"It is also credit to the (Australian Baseball) league that it's of a high enough standard that guys of that calibre can actually come and it does really benefit their careers."

Original exclusive from The Advertiser.

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