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Bite Alumni in the MLB

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, play host to some of the best baseball talent in the world every year.

Fans are treated to superstar baseball players before they become stars every season, week in and week out.

Here are our nine players who have come over to play for the Bite and earned a call up to the Big Leagues.

Brandon Maurer (2010/11) - After pitching a 5-1 record as a raw 20-year-old Seattle prospect, Maurer's career took off in 2013 when he made his MLB debut for the Mariners. Initially a starter, he moved to the bullpen - and San Diego - becoming a regular for the Padres. Now he's with Kansas City and his six-year MLB career includes 257 appearances, 344 innings and 298 strikeouts.  

Brandon Bantz (2010/11) - Bantz also received a call up to the Mariners in 2013, however his journey was short lived, making just one appearance. A seven-year Minor League career saw the catcher play over 350 games with a .234 career average. 

James Jones (2011/12) - An unstoppable force during his time in Adelaide, the outfielder hit .307 with 51 hits in 45 games for the Bite. In 2014 he became the third Bite player to play for the Mariners and with 108 appearances that season he was making the most of his opportunity. His MLB career only lasted two seasons but Jones is now pitching in the Texas Rangers organisation and a return could be on the cards. 

Ji-Man Choi (2012/13) - It's been a journeyman career for South Korea's Choi, who averaged .309 over 40 games for the Bite. He was in Seattle's Minor League system from 2010-15, before briefly flying through Baltimore's on his way to the LA Angels in 2016. Choi finally debuted with the Angels in 2016 but despite strong hitting the first-baseman has never been first-choice, appearing for the NY Yankees in 2017 and Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. Now, he's at Tampa Bay having been traded the day after hitting a grand slam. 

Andrew Kittredge (2012/13) - From 2011-2016, Kittredge was a Mariner and for the Bite we saw some of his best pitching. The reliever had three separate stints in Seattle's Triple-A club, Tacoma, before being signed by Tampa Bay for 2017. Pitching a career best 1.45 ERA over 41 games, his call up was obvious and the good form followed to MLB. 

John Holdzkom (2013/14) - Initially pitching for Canberra, Holdzkom's career for Adelaide was brief but it helped him make his Pittsburgh debut just a few months later. There was plenty to love about his form for the Pirates also, with the 6' 9" reliever pitching a 2.00 ERA in nine appearances. So far he is also the only Bite player to have a taste of postseason baseball as well. 

Blake Smith (2013/14) - Smith impressed for the Bite with a 2.00 ERA in 18 relief appearances with his trip down under a part of a whirlwind four-year pitching career. After being signed by the LA Dodgers in 2009 as an outfielder, he swapped bat for ball. With the Dodgers his MLB career never eventuated but in 2015 he was signed by the Chicago White Sox and one year later he received his call up. In the fast paced world of pro ball, that was all she wrote, however, and come 2017 he was no longer in the system. 

Rocky Gale (2014/15) - The Former Padre has been playing Triple-A baseball since his second year of pro ball (2011) with stints for San Diego in 2015 and 2017. His Minor League career average is .262 and that consistency is keeping the catcher firmly on the radar for his current organisation, the LA Dodgers. 

Brandon Dixon (2014/15) - Signed by the LA Dodgers in 2013, Dixon was one of the best hitters to come through Adelaide's ranks. He averaged .289 over 47 games with 59 hits and nine homers. In their Minor League system he was one of the most consistent but Double-A was as high as he could get. Then he was traded to Cincinnati in 2017 and over the past two seasons raked for their Triple-A side, Lousville. With the Reds struggling in 2018 he made his MLB debut and the 26-year-old is on the way to a promising MLB career.