LAVERTON - Day one of the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces' SuperSeven series reveals the signing of Kansas City Royals prospect, Carlo Testa.
The 25-year-old outfielder is one of the first MLB-affiliated imports to be allocated to an Australian Baseball League club for the 2012-13 season. Testa, who was drafted in the 18th round of the 2008 amateur draft, is fresh off a 113-game season with the Royals' AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
The left-handed hitter achieved healthy results at the plate, finishing with a 0.245 batting average including 54 runs batted in and 15 home runs. He also had 12 stolen bases.
The Ohio native was plucked out of college by the Royals as a free-hitting, mature-aged recruit with "a tremendous competitive spirit." Testa was named in the Texas League's mid-season All Star team in July.
Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces manager, Phil Dale, said Testa would be a handy addition to the line-up. "Carlo's got a good bat and he's a solid outfielder which is good because we needed a little bit more depth out there."
Dale said he was looking forward to seeing Testa mixing it with the best in Australia. "The Royals wouldn't be spending the money to bring him out here if he wasn't a prospect."
General manager, Windsor Knox, welcomed Testa to the organisation. "It's an exciting day for our fans and our ball club to be associated with the Kansas City Royals for another season. We're looking forward to having Carlo roam the grounds out at Melbourne Ballpark."
Testa's signing comes after Royals' prospect, Kevin David's acquisition in 2011-12. David helped guide the club to the Championships from behind the plate last season.