Baseball: Auckland Tuatara recruit Australian Baseball League batting star Mike Reynolds, retain American Jared Walker

Auckland Tuatara continue to build arguably the best roster in their short tenure, recruiting Australian Baseball League (ABL) 2019 batting champion Mike Reynolds.

Fresh off the signing of the league's best pitcher, Dylan Unsworth, the third-year team have added serious hitting power to their offence in the form of the 30-year-old shortstop.

Reynolds was named ABL co-batting champion for the 2018/19 season, while putting together another strong campaign with Adelaide Giants last season.

He has been the premier player in the American Association in the Independent Baseball League this season with the St Paul Saints, hitting a 0.332 batting average, with seven home runs and 28 runs driven in.

"Mikey is a terrific player and his record in the ABL speaks for itself," Tuatara chief executive Regan Wood says.

"We have been speaking to Mikey for a number of months now and I'm delighted to secure his services. He will be a valuable addition to our ball club."

The club has also lured back Tuatara Player of the Year last season - American Jared Walker.

The power-hitting first baseman enjoyed a stellar season for the Tuatara, as they won the Northeast Conference for the first time in just the club's second season.

Walker led the Tuatara with a 0.344 batting average, clubbing eight home runs and driving in a team-leading 33 runs.

"Jared was a monster for us last season and we were always super keen to bring him back for another season," says Wood.

"He played a leading role, showcased his leadership and was a great fit for our ballclub.

"We've had constant contact with Jared during the year and as soon as it was possible to give him a contract, we wasted no time in getting it done."

Taiwanese stars Jen-Ho Tseng and Wei-Chieh Huang have also agreed on new deals, after stints with the club last season.

"Signing these two players will be massive for us," says Wood. "'Catfish' [Tseng] proved a great fit in his cameo stint with us last year and told us at the time he was keen to come back.

"He, along with Huang, will give us two quality Major League-calibre arms with plenty of big-game experience."