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Brisbane's Kilby latest ABLer to sign MLB deal
Pitcher heads to Cincinnati Reds organisation
03/14/2013 5:31 AM ET
Kilby went 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in six outings for Brisbane this season.
Kilby went 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in six outings for Brisbane this season. (Scott Powick / SMP Images)
SYDNEY, 14 March - The Australian Baseball Federation is pleased to announce that Jason Kilby has signed with the Cincinnati Reds, joining the growing ranks of Australians playing professional baseball in the United States.

The Reds have secured the services of the right handed pitcher after following Jason's progress through his junior career which included pitching on an Australian U18 National Championship winning team in 2009 through to his more recent involvement pitching in the 2012 U23 Australian National Championships and also for the Brisbane Bandits in their 2012/13 Australian Baseball League campaign.

The Cincinnati Reds want to explore Jason's potential to develop into a late inning set up or closing pitcher role. Jason will travel to Arizona within the next few weeks to begin his professional baseball career alongside a growing list of Australians playing in the ranks of the Cincinnati Reds organisation.

Jason is excited about the opportunity to realise a long held goal of playing professional baseball but sees it as the first step on the road to his ultimate goal of playing Major League Baseball. "It's taken me a little longer than I initially planned and I have had to persevere, but I have my foot in the door with an opportunity now" Jason said of his journey to this point.

Having heard lots of stories from team mates in Australia about the difficulties of professional baseball and just as many stories about how rewarding it can be to get to the top; Jason is under no illusions about the challenging road ahead and the hurdles he has yet to overcome, but he is keen to get started.

Kilby adds to a record breaking year for Australian athletes securing professional baseball contracts with U.S. teams. Jason is also among a growing list of players from Pine Hills Baseball Club in Brisbane to play professional baseball.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.