Aussie teen signs $500,000 Major League Baseball deal
July 4, 2012 - 6:49PM
Australian teenage pitcher Lewis Thorpe has struck a half-a-million pay day with Major League Baseball franchise Minnesota.
The Twins signed the left-handed pitcher overnight while he was at the Gold Coast’s MLB Australian Academy.
US media suggested the deal was worth $500,000 and that several MLB teams were interested in recruiting Thorpe.‘‘
This means everything to me. It has been my dream since I was five to go and play baseball in America,’’ the 16-year-old Victorian said.
‘‘Getting signed also means everything to my family.‘‘
They have been my biggest support and I have made sure I put in the hard work on the field to be able to give back to them in return.’’
Thorpe pitched in the 16-and-under world championship in Mexico last August.
Thorpe will join compatriot and starting pitcher Liam Hendriks at Minnesota.
Minnesota has been a happy hunting ground for Australians, with Grant Balfour, Luke Hughes and Hendriks all earning MLB debuts at the club.
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