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On Thursday, January 3, the Dodgers signed German-born pitcher, Markus Solbach to a minor league deal. Solbach, 27, played in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite in 2018 and two years prior, he was a Diamondbacks minor leaguer.
Solbach could quietly be one of the Dodgers best additions of the offseason. Sure, Bryce Harper or Corey Kluber would far exceed this, or any, move the Dodgers make but Solbach is a fantastic addition to the farm.
In 2018, the 27-year old pitched 41.2 innings with a 0.43 ERA and a .672 WHIP. While the sample size was small, the numbers are undeniably impressive.
In his career, Solbach has bounced around between the minor leagues, international baseball and Indy ball. He has played six seasons in a major league team’s system, three outside the United States and four with Indy ball clubs.
While he has not exceeded high-A in the minors, Solbach could be a force in the minor leagues and rise quickly through the system.