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A Lott to love as Giants sign Aussie U23 pitcher
09/11/2019 9:38 PM ET

The Adelaide Giants have boosted pitching stocks ahead of the Australian Baseball League season, signing crafty Aussie, Jason Lott.

Lott, 24, debuted for the Canberra Cavalry last season after pitching with Team Australia at the Under-23 World Cup.

He spent three years in the US college system, most notably with Southern Alabama in NCAA Division I.

At the end of his rookie season on home soil the Giants reached out to Lott, who has shown promise as both a starter and reliever.

"I received a message from Nathan Davison after the ABL season expressing interest [about a move to Adelaide] and complimenting me on the solid outing I had against the Bite midway through the season," Lott said.

"My first ABL season was a great experience; it was my first taste of pro ball and playing with guys from all around the world who have played at different levels, including the big leagues.

"I gained a lot of knowledge and developed an understanding of what it takes to be a professional athlete."

His repertoire includes a deadly curveball and a fastball consistently in the mid to low 90s and Giants manager Chris Adamson said he was a solid inclusion to the side.

"Jason is another exciting young Australian arm who will really add to the depth of our staff," Adamson said.

"Having played at the Division I level and in international tournaments his experience will be invaluable.

"He has the ability to both start and work out of the pen, which will only aid the flexibility we have across the entire staff."

During his college career Lott was a part of Southern Alabama's 2017 Sun Belt Conference Championship season, and during his time in the US evolved from a starter to closer.

When called up to Team Australia he closed out wins over South Africa and Dominican Republic.

Back home, Lott debuted for the Cavalry, pitching 21 1/3 innings for a 2-1 record and 5.91 ERA.

A move to the Giants with a change of scenery provides a chance to develop further alongside an exciting, Australian-influenced roster.

"I really can't narrow it down to one person I'd like to work with in Adelaide the most as I like to pick just about every brain and learn techniques and skills from multiple guys," Lott said.

"I'll be surrounded by young talented players like Aaron Whitefield and Mitch Edwards who will continue to push myself through the season.

"I think this season keeps me in the sight for the National Team because I have the privilege to work with great coaches like Luke Prokopec."

Giants roster: Aaron Whitefield (OF), Mikey Reynolds (SS), Curtis Mead (2B), Jordan McArdle (1B), Mitchell Edwards (C), Markus Solbach (SP), Michael Gahan (SP), Jason Lott (P)



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