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League MVP Whitefield signs with Bite
3x Brisbane Bandit champion Aaron Whitefield starts new chapter
08/16/2018 3:20 AM ET
 

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, are excited to add 2016/17 ABL MVP Aaron Whitefield to our roster for the upcoming ABL season.

Whitefield, 21, is a three-time ABL champion with the Brisbane Bandits where he won the Helms Medal two seasons ago as a 20-year-old.

In 2016 he made his Team Australia debut at the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers while he won silver at the 2016 U23 Baseball World Cup and represented Australia at last year's World Baseball Classic.

Manager Chris Adamson says Whitefield's arrival adds elite talent into a Bite side looking to shake up the status quo this season.

"Aaron is a game changer that can help to win games on both sides of the ball," Adamson said.

"His combination of speed and power make him a dangerous guy offensively, and defensively he is as good as there is in this country.

"We made a concerted effort this off-season to improve our speed and defense and Aaron ticks both of those boxes while being a significant contributor in our line-up.

"We cannot wait to give him the opportunity to continue to develop professionally as he continues to learn the game."

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The 193cm outfielder has a career .318 average in the ABL and is set to make his 100th regular season appearance this season.

His MVP season in 2016/17 saw him average .338 with 53 hits and 20 stolen bases in 39 games.

Currently Whitefield is playing with the Fort Myers Miracle in the Minnesota Twins organisation.

The addition of Whitefield is the perfect example of Adelaide achieving its recruiting goals, according to GM Nathan Davison.

"Our recruiting revolves around getting good people first and foremost, and having known Aaron for a number of years he fits into that category easily," Davison said.

"Then the talent comes into it and as ABL fans have seen he is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the competition.

With Whitefield currently playing Single A ball, his goal is to move up the ranks while reaching his full potential.

"We will work with Aaron on all aspects of his game, both mental and physical," Davison said.

"We'll be putting programs in place to continue to develop him as both a player and a person."

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