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Rookies hit the field, ABL star promoted
Mead, O'Loughlin & more play first 2019 games
06/25/2019 12:43 AM ET
 (Ryan Schembri / SMP Images / ABL Media )

Minor League Baseball is truly in full swing following the start of the rookie leagues which has seen several of Adelaide's players finally hit the field for official games.

In Arizona and Florida extended spring training allowed organisations to put in the final touches on their prospects as the MLB draft brought in hundreds of new players.

Australians Curtis Mead, Mitchell Edwards and Jack O'Loughlin were among our recent stars to get a taste of action.

On Monday both Edwards and Mead started on the Gulf Coast League opening day for the GCL Phillies East, with Edwards hitting an RBI double in a 6-5 win.

Chinese catcher Bruce Wang was also assigned to Philadelphia's other rookie side, GCL Phillies West, who play in the same division.

Exactly one year after he debuted for Detroit's Class A affiliate Connecticut, O'Loughlin made his second US start on June 19 for the same side.

The 19-year-old tossed five hits, two earned runs and two strikeouts in four innings.

In Arizona reigning ABL Helms Award winner Markus Solbach threw live pitches for the first time with the Dodgers after a long stay in spring training due to injury.

Keen followers will have seen him assigned to teams in Class A, AA and AAA without leaving camp, but he finally appeared on rehab assignment with the AZL Dodgers Mota.

Two brief starts have seen him pitch five strikeouts and eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Former MVP Aaron Whitefield enjoyed a change of scenery, moving eight-and-a-half hours away from Class A Fort Myers to AA Pensacola, both Minnesota teams based in Florida.

Hitting .239 for the Miracle with 42 hits and 19 stolen bases in 55 games, Whitefield's AA debut has seen him hit .222 after five games with the Blue Wahoos.

Lastly, 2012/13 import pitcher Andrew Kittredge has return to the Majors after Tampa Bay recalled the veteran from AAA Durham.

He rejoined Bite teammate Ji-Man Choi at the Rays and is the third active alumni alongside Detroit's Brandon Dixon.

With Durham he pitched a 1.93 ERA across 27 appearances in 2019 and after two games, including a two-inning start against Oakland, has a 2.45 ERA with six strikeouts for Tampa Bay.

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