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Brebner-Russ backs himself in for success
Local pitcher re-signs for a fourth season
09/13/2018 9:29 PM ET
 

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, has re-signed Jackson Brebner-Russ for 2018/19 following an impressive breakthrough campaign by the local pitcher last year.

Over his ABL career the 25-year-old has evolved from a catcher into a pitcher, with stops at third base and the outfield, his versatility highlighted by his willingness to take on new challenges.

In his third ABL season, he debuted in 2012/13, Brebner-Russ was named in every series for the Bite and made 15 appearances.

He says a more permanent move to pitching has been difficult at times but increased opportunities have been a great reward.

"It's hard to pinpoint one highlight but it was the first year where I made every roster, that was an awesome experience," Brebner-Russ said.

"The transition has been challenging but also really fun.

"I absolutely love pitching and making the change has definitely reinvigorated my love of the game."

In his second home at the Czech Republic, Brebner-Russ has just wrapped up his sixth season in the Extraliga with Kotlarka Praha.

This year he was amongst the most consistent pitchers, finished with a 2.80 ERA and threw over 90 innings.

He hit .291 to prove he could still be an important part of Adelaide's offense if needed and manager Chris Adamson says he brings much needed depth to the team.

"It is good to add to the depth and it's something that moving forward I think is going to be really valuable," Adamson said.

"He's definitely benefited from the experience he's gained over the last couple of seasons and he's also learning a new craft in pitching which he's only a couple of years into.

"I think with the added experience and innings on the mound he'll be an asset this year, definitely."

As the roster comes together for pre-season, Adamson is ready to see players such as Brebner-Russ show their potential and when the season rolls around he will reward form.

"We've identified a few guys that could have the potential and the opportunity to start but really we're just going to put out whoever gives us the best chance to get the guy out at that given time," he said.

"It'll all work itself out as the season progresses but right now I just want everyone to be willing to take the ball in important times and be able to execute pitches when needed."

Brebner-Russ is willing to get those outs when called upon.

"My personal goal is to keep working to improve my game and provide as much to the team as I can," Brebner-Russ said.

"I hope that I can help the team to be consistently successful and to have fun in achieving our goals."

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