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Superstar import duo re-sign
Solbach and Reynolds ink one-year contract extensions
01/31/2019 9:29 PM ET
The Big Germ: Markus Solbach dominated for the Bite
The Big Germ: Markus Solbach dominated for the Bite 

Two of Adelaide's most successful imports in recent memory have signed on for another ABL season.

Adelaide is already building a solid squad for the 2019/20 season following the re-signing of prized recruits Mikey Reynolds and Markus Solbach, who signed a contract with the LA Dodgers in January.

The duo was among the League's best this season with Solbach named South-West Division Pitcher of the Year while Reynolds had the third-highest hitting average.

Solbach, 27, said the choice to return was an easy one, citing a great culture at the Club.

"The team chemistry was awesome and that just speaks for the ABL as a whole," Solbach said.

"Players come to Australia to have fun, get better and compete at a high level.

"The Adelaide staff is amazing and they took such good care of me.

"The communication between players and staff was great and the atmosphere in general was great; fans were so amazing and they would even stick around on a rainy and windy afternoon."

This season he strung together a record-breaking campaign as Adelaide's No. 1 starter; he now owns the Bite single-game strikeout record (14), single-season strikeout record (74) and best ever Bite starting pitcher ERA (1.10).

He will likely add more awards to his mantle as the season wraps up.

Arguably the most important outcome, however, Solbach signed a Minor League deal with the LA Dodgers and is slated to pitch for Double-A Tulsa Drillers.

He is thrilled to see the Bite re-sign several key stars.

"There's nothing better than building a team around a base of players," Solbach said.

"If you can have four or five players with a good attitude leading the team then the rest will follow."

Fans will have plenty to be excited about with Reynolds' return also, the shortstop was one of the most complete players with elite defence and offence.

 

The 28-year-old offered an experienced infield glove and with a .366 average he was one of the Club's most damaging stars.

He solidifies an in-field which will again be brimming with affiliated Aussie talent, including Curtis Mead (Philadelphia), Jordan McArdle (Arizona) and Mitch Edwards (Philadelphia).

Former AB MVP Aaron Whitefield (Minnesota) will return to centre field as well.

Adelaide is also optimistic about the return of Detroit prospect Jack O'Loughlin.

The South Aussie arm was rested by the Tigers this off-season but the Bite are aiming to get some game time out of the rising star following his second Minor League year.

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