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From Milwaukee to Mainz, Adelaide goes global
Bite Watch #2: Alumni updates in Europe and Indy ball
04/25/2019 5:56 AM ET
Pitcher Tom Fitzgerald and import Austin Gallagher have teamed up again, this time in Germany.
Pitcher Tom Fitzgerald and import Austin Gallagher have teamed up again, this time in Germany. 

Bite Watch goes global as we track down past and present players throughout America and Europe, with the rise of European leagues welcoming several top players. Across the various independent US leagues there's also a mix of familiar power hitters and elite arms. With everyone chasing titles, 2019 will be a huge year of baseball.

GERMANY

The German Baseball Bundesliga has attracted plenty of big name talents in recent seasons and this year is no different as several old-school Bite names return, and some new talent.

Capps Medallist Wilson Lee is back with the Bonn Capitals (6-2) who have faced a far more competitive start to the season. Normally the pace-setters, they are chasing the undefeated Mainz Athletics (8-0), home to American Austin Gallagher and Adelaide native Tom Fitzgerald. The tall timber of Fitzgerald has enjoyed a solid start to the season with the pitcher already 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA while Gallagher's hitting .444.

Bonn Capitals - Wilson Lee & Alex Derhak

Mainz Athletics - Tom Fitzgerald & Austin Gallagher

Heidenheim Heidekopfe - Gary Owens

Solingen Alligators - Wayne Ough

MORE INFO: https://www.baseball-bundesliga.de/

CZECH REPUBLIC

Just like Germany, the Czech Extraliga has welcomed more and more international talent every season. This season MLB pitcher and Team Australia star Peter Moylan signed with Draci Brno.

Former Bite pitcher Steven Chambers has settled nicely with 37 strikeouts in 30 innings while Chris Burkholder has made one brief appearance. The American was the league's top pitcher in 2018 and should be expected to back up that form.

Over at Kotlarka Praha, Jackson Brebner-Russ is hitting .500 while he has a 2-1 record on the mound, with the recently arrived Nick Hutchings joining him. Hutchings missed the ABL season due to injury and is still on the recovery trail to his best.

Arrows Ostrava - Chris Burkholder

Cardion Hrosi Brno - Steven Chambers

Kotlarka Praha - Jackson Brebner-Russ & Nick Hutchings

MORE INFO: https://extraliga.baseball.cz/

AMERICA

Currently there's a trio of past Bite players signed to Frontier League clubs, including 2017/18 imports Chris Powell and Stephen Lohr. Their season begins this weekend and for those unfamiliar with the league it covers Midwestern states such as Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.

Schaumberg Boomers - Chris Powell

Florence Freedom - Austin Wobrock

Southern Illinois Miners - Stephen Lohr

MORE: http://www.frontierleague.com/

A big name trio will line-up in the American Association this season including two recent guns - the returning ABL Hitter of the Year Mikey Reynolds and starting pitcher Kurt Heyer.

Reynolds was traded to the Kansas City T-Bones prior to the season while Heyer signed to the colourfully named expansion side Milwaukee Milkmen. Slugger Chris Jacobs is also in the league and the journeyman has been one of the top independent hitters in recent seasons. The 12-team league has clubs throughout the central states, from Texas to Manitoba, Canada.

Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks - Chris Jacobs

Kansas City T-Bones - Mikey Reynolds

Milwaukee Milkmen - Kurt Heyer

MORE: http://www.americanassociationbaseball.com/

From Quincy Latimore to Ryan Chaffee and the recently released Kevin Comer, there's serious talent in the Atlantic League. Latimore, who played in the highly competitive Mexican League in 2018, has brought his firepower to the High Point Rockers while Chaffee is back in the bullpen at Southern Maryland.

He'll be joined by former Bite players, Craig Stem and Craig Maddox. Comer, who had a brief ABL stint, is perhaps the surprise signing after the AAA pitcher was released by Minnesota. He offers a dominating bullpen arm.

Based across the Northeast US coast, the Atlantic League is perhaps one of the top leagues in signing former MLB talent, and having MLB clubs sign its players.

High Point Rockers - Quincy Latimore

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs - Craig Stem, Ryan Chaffee & Craig Maddox

Somerset Patriots - Nate Roe

Sugar Land Skeeters - Kevin Comer

MORE: http://www.atlanticleague.com/

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