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Big moves for Bite stars abroad
Bite Watch focuses on our Minor League talent
04/02/2019 9:50 PM ET
Michael Gettys has been promoted to San Diego's AAA affiliate after a quality season with Adelaide.
Michael Gettys has been promoted to San Diego's AAA affiliate after a quality season with Adelaide. (Ryan Schembri/SMP Images/ABL Media)

Last week the 2019 MLB season launched with a flurry of home runs and strikeouts, and this week it's the turn of Minor League Baseball!


The Minors are the testing ground for all prospects, players working through rehab, or those fighting to get back into the Majors and this season there will be roughly 20 athletes who have called the Bite home playing throughout the levels.


We've already looked at some of the top talent, now we'll cast an eye over the rest in Bite Watch!


In case you're wondering, Adelaide's own Curtis Mead, Jack O'Loughlin and Mitchell Edwards remain in camp until the rookie season begins in a few months.




Michael Gettys (2018/19 - OF, San Diego Padres)

Coming off a solid season down under, the Padres called their prospect up to spring training, he made a stunning outfield throw, and has been assigned to their AAA affiliate El Paso. It's a well-deserved rise up the ranks for Gettys after Padres fans felt he had dropped off the radar slightly. But the 2014 Round Two selection has reinvigorated his career over the past few months, showing off that he has all the right tools.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @michaelgettys / @epchihuahuas | Twitter @Michaelgettys3 / @epchihuahuas | Facebook @epchihuahuas




Jordan Cowan (2015-2017 - IF, Seattle Mariners)

Injuries slowed Cowan's progress since he was with the Bite and many will remember watching as he was taken off the field by paramedics at Norwood when he dislocated his shoulder on a courageous diving catch attempt. Surgery also slowed down his 2018, however he's had a full off-season and looks as strong as ever. His end-of-season stats have not dipped below .270 since 2016 and a promotion to AA Arkansas is a chance to him to shine.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @jcow4show / @artravs | Twitter @Jcow4show / @ARTravs | Facebook @ArkansasTravelers


Josh Altmann (2016/17 - Utility, Texas Rangers)

On and off the field Altmann proved to be one of the Bite's most loved players; he would always say hi to fans and was often busy signing autographs. He has been a remarkably consistent hitter throughout his career and he has even pitched in some extra inning outings. Now he has finally earned a promotion to AA after four seasons. He heads to Frisco having hit a career-high 20 homers last year.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @joshaltmann / @friscoroughriders | Twitter @RidersBaseball | Facebook @ridersbaseball


LeDarious Clark (2016/17 - OF, Texas Rangers)

The outfielder follows Bite teammate Altmann to Frisco from the Down East Wood Ducks and he will be an intimidating player across the bases. With speed and power, Clark earned spring training time, impressing the Rangers with game time alongside their superstars. He has rarely bottomed out offensively and his .242 career average reflects that. This season could be a make or break year, if he wants to get those numbers to the next level.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @ledarious2 / @friscoroughriders | Twitter @Ledarious2 / @RidersBaseball | Facebook @ridersbaseball


James Jones (2011/12 - Pitcher, Texas Rangers)

Jones has been impacted by injuries since he made the switch to pitching in 2017; however this looks like the year for him to get some serious innings under his belt. Switches to pitching are challenging but Jones has steadily hit the strike zone, albeit in limited innings - he pitched just 30 2/3 innings across four levels last year. With the Rangers putting him at Frisco he will face strong hitters, and stern tests.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @jamesjones_99 / @friscoroughriders | Twitter @jamesjones_99 / @RidersBaseball | Facebook @ridersbaseball


Markus Solbach (2018/19 - Pitcher, LA Dodgers)

The 2018/19 ABL MVP returns to Minor League Baseball after previously pitching in the Arizona and Minnesota organisations. He last pitched in the Minors in 2016 and his return is highlighted by a far high strikeout rate, something which led him to the ABL MVP Helms Award this season. Coming off such a hot season his momentum will be in full swing and at AA Tulsa there is every reason to believe he will have a big impact.

*Solbach is currently listed on their roster, although he was not announced by Tulsa as a part of their opening day roster.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @markus_solbach / @tulsadrillers | Twitter @MSolbach23 / @TulsaDrillers | Facebook @tulsadrillers




Travis Demeritte (2015/16 - OF, Atlanta Braves)

Demeritte was named position player of the year for Mississippi in 2018 and he is slated for his third season at the AA club. He owned left field for the Braves, hit 17 homers, and proved to be an all-round talent. He has been let down by a high number of strikeouts and his average is a touch low at .222, however he is still 24 and there is plenty of optimism.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @travyd_25 / @mbraves | Twitter @mbraves | Facebook @mbraves




Chris Dula (2015/16 - Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers)

A former Texas prospect, Dula's initial Minor League run ended in 2016 after four seasons of limited game time. In 2017 he went to one of the newer independent leagues, the United Shore Professional Baseball League where he recorded a 102 mph fastball in 2018. That caught the attention of Milwaukee who signed him to a Minor League deal and in 2019 he returns with the Class-A Advanced Carolina Mudcats, who are based in his home state of North Carolina.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @cdula12 / @carolinamudcats | Twitter @_CDula @CarolinaMudcats | Facebook @carolinamudcats




Aaron Whitefield (2018/19 - OF, Minnesota Twins)

Returning to defend the FSL title with Fort Myers, Whitefield links up with some of the most promising talents at Minnesota, and in Class-A baseball. The Twins' organisation has a young roster predicted to achieve big things and the Team Australia outfielder has a solid defensive game and incredible speed around the bases. His big ABL numbers have not quite translated to the States but it is clear he has a high ceiling that he is close to reaching. He will also be joined by Aussie pitcher Lachlan Wells at the Miracle.


WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @aaron.whitefield / @fortmyersmiracle | Twitter @MiracleBaseball | Facebook @FortMyersMiracle




Isaias Quiroz (2017/18 - C, Texas Rangers)

In five seasons of pro ball Quiroz has not been able to string together a full length campaign. He returns to the Class-A Hickory Crawdads, where he played 11 games in 2017. Only 22, the catcher is defensively strong but is yet to find consistency with the bat. A full season should change that.

WHERE TO FOLLOW: Instagram @iquiroz11 / @hickorycrawdads | Twitter @IQuiroz11 @HickoryCrawdads | Facebook @crawdadsbaseball

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