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Bite roster announced for pre-season clash
Stars, young guns and up-and-comers fighting for spots
11/08/2017 6:29 PM ET
Bite stars, young and old, will line up in our pre-season clash on Friday night.
Bite stars, young and old, will line up in our pre-season clash on Friday night. (Wendy van den Akker/SMP Images/ABL Media)

The first roster for the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, is here! Well nearly. Thirty-six players are fighting for opportunities, from the 22-man roster to six development players.

These guns will line up for the Bite in our trial game against the SABL All-Stars on Friday while some will also take on the Bite in the Emerging Bite Stars squad. Entry is a gold coin donation at the Adelaide Shores Baseball Complex with the opening game between the Emerging Stars and Adelaide Bite at 5.30PM.

PITCHERS: 

Jack O'Loughlin (LHP, 17) - Australian U18 starting pitcher & was Adelaide's youngest ever winning pitcher on debut as a 16-year-old last season. Burst onto the scene in his rookie year and signed by the Detroit Tigers.

Matt Williams (RHP, 30) - With 132 ABL games he is the most experienced pitcher in the competition and a staple in the Australian National Team. Stepped into the relievers role again last season and will be a leader from the bullpen.

Steven Chambers (RHP, 27) - Aiming to bounce back from a tough season. Expected to return to form in the starters role as he eyes off a return to the Australian team.

Greg Mosel (RHP, 25) - Returned to Adelaide with college ball experience and made composed performances from the bullpen in his debut season last year.

Wilson Lee (LHP, 25) - Took the year off from ABL action but made another quality performance for Bonn in the German Bundesliga. A talented local who can start or pitch from the bullpen, and could even hit if needed.

Tyler Chappell (RHP, 23) - The Queenslander stepped into the Bite bullpen last season and will be a key part of the team this time round. He has 10 appearances to his name so far.

Ky Hampton (RHP, 17) - Surging through the ranks, this young gun has found success with the Adelaide Armada, Australia U18 side and the Bite. Still a development player, he will be one to watch yet again.

Nick Hutchings (RHP, 21) - Formerly signed to Pittsburgh, Hutchings is hoping to bounce back into the Bite team after just one start last season.

Chris Horne (RHP, 21) - Pitched for Australia at the U23 World Cup last year, helping the team claim a silver medal, and has spent his off-season pitching in Switzerland. A rising star who looks to establish himself further.

Ryan Duncan (LHP) - Lefty from Queensland who is playing locally with East Torrens. Has thrown a no-hitter already this season and could feature from the bullpen.

Connor Hill - Local player for Glenelg, looking to break into the Bite squad after impressing at club ball level.

Jordy Grose - Another local aiming to break into the Bite roster after some quality innings for Woodville. Can be a handy bullpen pitcher.

Will Kortekaas - Too soon to say he's the next Ky Hampton? Young pitcher likely to play his third year with the Adelaide Armada in 2018 and has excelled against older opposition. Lots of talent in the Australian junior.

Austin McClure - Yet again, another Armada pitcher on the rise. Their journey to the SLWS has pushed much of the squad into roster conversations.

HITTERS: 

Angus Roeger (OF, 27) - A leader for the Bite on and off the field, the 2015/16 ABL All-Star will be expected to shoulder the load offensively in a new look batting line-up.

Jordan McArdle (1B, 19) - Signed for the Arizona Diamondbacks after his rookie season, and fresh off his first campaign in the Arizona League he is looking to build off is 2016/17 year with some more big hits.

Karl Hoschke (OF, 22) - Has established himself as a Bite regular and with power hitting and clean fielding will get his first opportunity to be an everday player.

Bas Nooij (C, 29) - From Netherlands, Nooij (who has been knighted) has made Adelaide his new home and the catcher brings experience and composure to the side. Is a steadying head amongst a young roster.

Connar O'Gorman (2B, 23) - Started out as a catcher but has moved to second base for the club, while he can also fill any infield role. Has the ability to hit home runs and impact the scoreboard.

Nathan Van Der Linden (Utility, 23) - Versatile player who can pitch and play the field, and brings stability to every role no matter the situation.

Jackson Brebner-Russ (Utility, 24) - Has played catcher and third base for the Bite in the past, as well as a couple of innings on the mound. A local player looking to make more of an impact for his home-town club.

Mason Clavell (C) - Will be a development player for the season. A promising young catcher who played with the Adelaide Armada at the Senior League World Series.

Curtis Mead (IF) - Another Armada player and Championship winner in the SABL with West Torrens. Could make his Bite debut this season.

Harry Knuckey (OF) - Young rising player with a great 2017 at the Senior League World Series. One to watch at home series.

Dylan Ridding (IF) - Plays with Sturt in a side stacked with ABL talent. Learning off some of the best and now fighting to play alongside Saints teammates in the Bite squad.

Joe Gluyas (OF/C) - Coming through the local ranks, Gluyas has benefitted from playing time with Armada and while game time could be difficult he will look to learn off some experienced Bite players. 

Tyson Arnold (OF) - Glenelg hitter who will hope a good performance here will keep him in roster conversations throughout the season.

IMPORTS:

Max Beatty (RHP, 27) - Played Triple-A in the Chicago White Sox organsation before being released in June. Brings experience to the starting rotation and a career best haul of nine strikeouts in six innings.

Chris Powell (RHP, 25) - Hit Double-A with the LA Dodgers but was released in July. Has an impressive track record on strikeouts with 115 in 112 career innings and will be a dominant starter.

Chris Burkholder (RHP, 23) - Talented Dartmouth graduate who was recommended by Brooke Knight and brings intense speed to the mound. Fighting for a bullpen position in a tough import quota, while pitching with Glenelg in the SABL.

Mitch Patito (RHP, 26) - Another Corvallis Knight alum, Patito has performed exceptionally with East Torrens and could be a bolter for the Bite squad if he can find space in the import line-up.

Isaias Quiroz (C, 21) - Catcher from the Texas Rangers organisation. Rehabbing after missing most of last year with injury and looking to get some serious at-bats under his belt after playing some Class-A ball in 2017.

Stephen Lohr (1B, 22) - Drafted by the Rangers in 2016, he's a fresh prospect who is described as having "serious pop" and will be an anchor at first base, and can play third base also.

Darius Day (OF, 23) - Centrefielder with a bit of power. Affiliated with Texas Rangers but building off an injury interrupted season which saw him only play 10 games at the tail end of the season in Rookie League.

Rodrigo Ayarza (SS, 24) - Flashy middle infielder from Houston Astros farm system, who has been playing affiliated ball since he was 17. Hails from Panama and is an exciting prospect to watch.

Chang Tai-Shan (3B, 40) - Don't let his age fool you, this Taiwanese legend can still rake and is a leader in the CPBL for home runs over a career longer than some Bite players have been alive.

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