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Solbach signs with LA Dodgers
The Big Germ caps off a superb Bite season
01/03/2019 12:53 AM ET
 (Ryan Schembri, Ryan Schembri / SMP Images / ABL Media )

Markus Solbach will make his return to professional baseball in the USA after signing a contract with the LA Dodgers ahead of his Thursday night start for the Bite against Geelong-Korea.

Solbach has starred all season for Adelaide, recording a Club record 14-strikeouts on November 29, while he currently has a league-high 63 strikeouts.

While his good form has been a season-long showing, signing with the Dodgers was a whirlwind process.

"I didn't think anything was going to happen until New Year's Eve when I got a call from [Australian scout] Jon Deeble, and within 30 minutes I called him back and confirmed I wanted to be a Dodger in 2019," Solbach said.

"All along I knew what the ABL had to offer and players from the Bite had told me Adelaide was a great place to be and pitch.

"Once I talked to Chris Adamson and Nathan Davison, I knew that this was the place I wanted to go to."

The 27-year-old, who previously pitched in the ABL with Sydney and Melbourne, signed with Adelaide in 2018 with the goal of returning to affiliated baseball in America.

From 2011-2016 he was in the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks organisations while he represents Germany internationally.

In signing with the Dodgers he follows the exploits of Brisbane's Ryan Bollinger who signed with the New York Yankees after the last ABL season and was called up to their MLB team in 2018.

His new contract is the proof experienced players can catch the eye of scouts while playing in Australia.

Solbach will link up with the Dodgers following the conclusion of Adelaide's season, and he hopes to make a strong statement.

"Nothing's guaranteed, every player has to prove himself in Spring Training so it's a good first step to show them what I have to offer," he said.

"This is what I've been waiting for over the last two and a half years and I thank the Dodgers for giving me this opportunity and the Bite for letting me showcase myself in front of scouts in such a great team and league."

Adelaide and Geelong-Korea begin their Round Eight series on Thursday January 3 at 6pm, with Solbach Adelaide's starting pitcher.

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