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Solbach named ABL Pitcher of the Year
First Bite player to win award since 2014/15
02/25/2019 8:28 PM ET
Markus Solbach during his 14-strikeout performance against Perth.
Markus Solbach during his 14-strikeout performance against Perth. (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images / ABL Media)

Adelaide's record-breaking starter Markus Solbach has capped off a superb season by winning the ABL Pitcher of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.

The accolade is another feather in the cap for Solbach who had a dream season which saw him earn an LA Dodgers contract. 

He also set the Bite single-game record and single-season record for strike outs. The man affectionately known as "The Big Germ" quickly became a fan favourite. 

"He gave us the best opportunity to win every time he stepped on the mound," said Bite manager Chris Adamson. 

Solbach becomes the first Bite pitcher to claim the award since Morgan Coombs in 2014/15. Josh Tols (2014/15) and Loek van Mil (2016/17) have claimed Reliever of the Year awards previously.

Despite taking the top honours Solbach is quick to praise his teammates for backing him up and allowing him to pitch with confidence.

"I just went out and attacked every hitter with everything I had and the coaches had good scouting reports on every hitter," Solbach explained.

"Knowing you have a defence behind you that will do anything to help you out is a great feeling.

"I definitely have to give Mitch Edwards credit too; he caught all my games and we worked together so well from game one."

The award is just another in a stunning individual season which saw him named SA Power Networks Team MVP after he tallied a Club record 74 strikeouts in one season.

From a winning 11-strikeout debut in Brisbane to 14 strikeouts in a 3-0 win over Perth, hitters struggled to beat the star starter.

His 1.10 ERA is an all-time best for a Bite starter; he only allowed eight earned runs from 65 innings.

League-wide his ERA and WHIP were second only to Japanese national team pitcher Shota Imanaga, who made six starts, while the Big Germ finished third for total strikeouts.

Solbach is currently attending spring training with the LA Dodgers after he signed a new Minor League contract in January.

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