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The big names continue to sign with The Melbourne Aces
Left-handed pitcher signs for three years
08/01/2019 7:55 PM ET

2019 continues to be a massive year for left handed pitcher Josh Tols with The Melbourne Aces announcing his re-signing to the club for a further 3 years.

After being assigned by the Philadelphia Philies to their AA affiliate Reading, Josh was elevated in May this year to AAA side Lehigh Valley IronPigs where he has played 16 games to date and has closed in 5 of those games.

Josh has developed a bit of a cult following in the US for his curveball - which he grips in the palm of his hand - it became the talk of the town last year in Reading, where he posted a 3.27 ERA in 23 games. It travelled between 65 and 70 mph and frustrated opposing hitters' timing according to The Morning Call Website.

"That curve, you look at it and are like, 'Wow,'" IronPigs pitching coach Steve Schrenk said, "but he gets people out. He'll have to continue to prove that he can get outs."

Tols was picked up by the Phillies off the back of an outstanding season with the Melbourne Aces in 2017/18 where he posted a lights out 1.13 ERA. His start with the Phillies at Spring Training didn't go to plan, injuring himself on day 2 of the program. He was warming up in the bullpen during the Phillies' second Spring Training game of 2019 when he partially tore his oblique.

Melbourne Aces General Manager Justin Huber has praised the effort of Tols to achieve what he has in the sport so far. " To sign your first affiliate contract at the age of 28 says a lot about the character and perseverance of a man like Josh Tol's. He has played 6 summers of ABL baseball, starting with the Adelaide Bite and then the past 3 years with the Aces. In between those seasons he has travelled to places like New Mexico, Las Vegas, Winnipeg and Japan. He has put in the hard yards and is now being rewarded for his effort. Josh Tols is exactly the type of person you need on your roster."

Josh played for Australia in the World Baseball Classic in 2017 and will push hard to be a part of the National team that hopes to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

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