The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces are proud to announce that seventeen year Old pitcher Dan McGrath has this morning signed a professional deal with the Boston Red Sox organisation.
McGrath, originally from the Doncaster Baseball Club, has made 12 appearances for the Aces this season going 0-3 with an Earned Run Average of 6.75.
After recently representing Victoria at the National Youth Championships and Australia at the Under-18 Oceania Baseball Championships in Guam, signing the deal came as a relief after weeks of mulling over several deals.
There was no doubt in his mind that Boston were the best fit.
"It was an easy decision in the end. Jon Deeble called us and my mum said we'd let him know within ten minutes and she called him back twenty seconds later."
The year 12 student at Whitefriars College will finish his VCE in November, before fully turning his attention to baseball.
"Finishing school is so important, it's tough to get through life without it so I always knew I had to finish."
The Deal will see McGrath spend the next seven years plying his trade as he chases the dream of playing in the Major leagues.
He will trek over to the Red Sox spring training facilities at Fort Myers in Florida on April 1st to give him a taste of what to expect come 2013.
On top of signing with one of the most well-known organisations in the game, there was an extra thrill after McGrath received a call from the Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, with the contract offer.
"That was amazing, all he said is what is the best time to call? It was an honour really."
Red Sox Pacific rim scout Jon Deeble was on hand this morning as Mcgrath signed the deal.
"The big thing is that in Boston we don't sign players when they aren't ready. Dan will take his time to get to where he needs to get and we'll ensure that he has full use of all of our support staff on that journey."