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Jack O'Loughlin promoted to Class A affiliate of Detroit Tigers
06/13/2018 9:32 PM ET
 

Bite fans have come to know and love the friendly southpaw Jack O'Loughlin over his first two years in the Australian Baseball League.

Adelaide native O'Loughlin was signed as a 16-year-old to the Tigers but was unable to move to he USA to pursue is MLB dreams until he turned 18. 

His first taste of pro-ball life is evidently going very well. 

All young players generally begin in "extended spring" with their parent club, in this case the Tigers. Players will workout daily and ply their trade hoping to catch the eye of the powers that be within the organisation. That's where Jack has been since March, as most players his age are.

O'Loughlin has worked hard and caught the eye of Tigers' scouts and they believe he has what it takes to take the next step. 

At just 18-years-old, Jack has been assigned to the Connecticut Tigers of the New York - Penn League in Short Season A-Ball. The season begins at 8:30AM on Saturday 16 June (Adelaide Time). He will look to impress there and move his way up the Tiges system to higher levels of baseball like High-A, AA, AAA and eventually the MLB. 

A number of notable players suited up in Connecticut included Blue Jays' second baseman Devon Travis. There have been 17 players from CT who have made it to the Big Leagues. 

Making the MLB is a very difficult journey but Jack is in America, representing Adelaide and chasing his dream. It will be a new challenge and new experience for the youngerster. 

Jack is the #29 ranked prospect in the Detroit Tigers organisation and will now start throwing professional games against some of the best young prospects in the game. It's a good next step for the young left-handed pitcher.

He joins a number of highly touted prospects like Sam McMillan who is a Top 10 Tiger prospect.

You can follow the team on their website at https://www.milb.com/connecticut

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