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It's here! Adelaide's roster for Sydney
11/14/2017 2:48 AM ET
Chris Adamson takes charge of a roster featuring several new faces after a third-place finish in 2016/17.
Chris Adamson takes charge of a roster featuring several new faces after a third-place finish in 2016/17. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, is pleased to announce its roster for Opening Weekend of the 2017/18 season vs. Sydney Blue Sox from November 17-19 in Blacktown, NSW.

Friday and Sunday's games will be streamed live through SWR Sport (radio) on swr999.com.au/sport while Saturday night's action will feature live on ABLtv.com.

STARTING PITCHERS

Game 1, 7:00PM Friday - Max Beatty (Import)

The former Chicago White Sox product will make his maiden performance for the Bite after playing as high as AAA in the Minor League system this year. He's expected to bring a veteran presence to the club.

Game 2, 3:30PM Saturday - Jack O'Loughlin

Adelaide's own Detroit Tiger signee, Jack O'Loughlin, will strut his stuff while looking to build on a successful rookie season where he finished among the leaders in nearly every pitching category. The left-handed 17-year-old is a strong presence on the mound. 

Game 3, 6:30PM - Chris Powell (Import)

Chris Powell impressed in the Baseball SA All-Star game vs a strong opponent and will complete a wicked 1-2 punch of import arms. He played AA ball with the LA Dodgers and knows how to find the strike zone.

Game 4, 12:30PM Sunday - Greg Mosel 
A late injury to expected starter Steven Chambers thrusts Greg Mosel into the spotlight. Mosel was excellent out of the bullpen in his first season in the ABL last year, making one start. On the whole, he pitched 24.2 innings with a solid 2.55 ERA and he has been looking for an opportunity to seize a starting spot and Sunday is that chance.

 

BULLPEN

Matt Williams: Arguably the most reliable arm in the history of the ABL, Williams will be back in the bullpen. He's a guy you can throw out there every day and pick up valuable long innings if needed, or come in and shut down the game. 

Nick Hutchings: The former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect finds himself back on the Bite squad looking to make a mark in the bullpen. Recovering from an injury, Hutchings is beginning to find his form and has impressed in club ball action with Southern Districts.

Chris Burkholder (Import): Fought hard to make a roster spot and earned it after impressing in pre-season and with Glenelg in the South Australian Baseball League. Burkholder was a star NCAA closer with Dartmouth College in the USA and played under former Bite manager Brooke Knight at the Corvallis Knights.

Tyler Chappell: The 23-year-old side-armer returns for a second year in the bullpen. He recorded a 4.97 ERA last year and will look to improve with another year of experience under his belt.

Jackson Brebner-Russ: Was a position player for the Bite in the early days but has since gone to college and transformed into a pitcher who has earned the trust of many. Brebner-Russ hit 91mph on the radar at Friday's exhibition game.

Chris Horne: He started games last season and also worked out of the bullpen. Horne brings versatility and will look to keep his stock rising.

Ryan Duncan: The Queensland product has moved to South Australia and earned a chance to feature with the Bite. He featured heavily in Queensland state teams growing up and has been developing his pitching game well.

 

HITTERS/FIELDERS

C Isaias Quiroz (Import - Texas Rangers): Sure to be a fan favourite, this Texas Rangers import hit the ball with power at Friday's exhibition game and is a composed figure behind the plate.

C Bas Nooij: Dutch-national turned Aussie-resident, Bas has been a staple at Kensington Baseball Club for several years. Nooij dazzled vs. the BSA All-Stars tallying three hits including the game winner in the sixth innings. He's trustworthy behind the plate and a reliable bat.

1B/DH Jordan McArdle: A strong hitting rookie season saw 18-year-old McArdle earn a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He finished 16th in the ABL in batting averages and enters the season knowing he will be an everyday player 

1B/3B Stephen Lohr (Import - Texas Rangers): Another Rangers import who, by all reports, has some "pop". Lohr can play around the diamond and is looking to improve his shot at making it to the majors with a summer-stint in Adelaide. Watch out for his throwing speed and quality defence.

2B Connar O'Gorman: He's become one of the fan favourites known for delivering clutch hits with runners on. O'Gorman can play around the diamond and has been seen at first base, second base and catching. He came to Adelaide three years ago as a back-up player but has asserted himself as a starter in this league.

SS Rodrigo Ayarza (Import - Houston Astros): This Houston Rangers prospect showed off his defensive capabilities to the home crowd on the weekend. Now he'll be asked to anchor the infield and is the expected lead-off hitter for the Bite this season.

3B Chang Tai-shan "Tarzan" (Import): One of the most prolific Taiwanese baseball players of all time makes his ABL debut in front of hundreds of expected and adoring Taiwanese fans in Sydney. He had three hits on Exhibition Friday and comes to the club with a record 289 home runs in the CPBL.

OF Angus Roeger: He's a fan favourite and will return to anchor the outfield this season. Two years ago he was among the leaders in nearly every hitting category and worked his way to an ABL All-Star appearance for Team Australia. 

OF Darius Day (Import - Texas Rangers): Meet your centre fielder! Darius Day brings a strong bat and a presence in the outfield from the Texas Rangers organisation. He will bat #1 or #2 to start the season.

OF Karl Hoschke: Hoschke earned the right to start after a strong season last year and possess lots of raw power and will look for a bit more hitting consistency this year after proving he can match it with the big guns.

UTIL Nathan van der Linden - He can play infield and outfield and even pitch! Van der Linden brings versatility to the Bite and will look to extend a strong run locally which includes a fantastic performance in the SABL Grand Final. He delivered a stellar performance in relief in the Game 3 decider and had a clutch hit to tie the game, helping him secure MVP recognition.

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