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West Aussie Hendrickson drafted by Royals
Hendrickson becomes the second West Aussie to be drafted in as many years after Robbie Glendinning was picked up by the Pirates
06/09/2018 1:48 AM ET
 

West Australian Josh Hendrickson fulfilled a life-long dream last week when he was selected in the 20th Round of the MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

The 20-year-old pitcher became the second West Aussie to be drafted by an MLB outfit in as many years after Robbie Glendinning was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017.

"Every kid dreams of playing professional baseball, and that was something I aspired to do," Hendrickson said.

The 6'4" southpaw was selected by the Royals after a standout College season with NJCAA Division 1 side Barton City where he posted a 2.52 ERA in 16 starts.

The Australian Under 23 representative led his team in wins (11), innings pitched (96.1), strikeouts (125) and complete games (5), and says the challenge of College baseball made him the player he is today.

"Playing college baseball in the US was a challenge, as everyone plays baseball there. There are so many good college and high school teams which adds to the pressure, as there is always someone ready to take your spot," he said.

Hendrickson now has a month to choose whether he wishes to sign with the Royals or continue his college career at the University of San Diego.

If the Wellard-born star does sign with the Royals, he will report to the Arizona League before returning down under to play for the Perth Heat during the 2018/19 Australian Baseball League season commencing in November. 

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