The Auckland Tuatara have received a major boost just months out from the start of their second Australian Baseball league season.
The club has confirmed they have secured the services of young Kiwi pitcher Kyle Glogoski, who is currently on the books of Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.
The 20-year-old has enjoyed an incredible season playing professionally in the United States - fast making a name for himself as a player with potential Major League talent.
The right-handed pitcher stood out in his handful of starts for the Tuatara during last season’s Australian Baseball League season.
But it's been his form back in the US that has eyes wide open within the Phillies development system.
He was dazzling in a brief stint with the Lakewood BlueClaws before earning a promotion to the advanced-A level Clearwater Threshers, where he has compiled an impressive 1.77 ERA through 45 innings of work.
"It is a massive coup to be able to call upon Kyle’s services this season," Tuatara chief executive Regan Wood said.
“He has had a truly phenomenal year and is extremely well-thought of within the Phillies organisation.
"It is a show of respect in our coaching staff and our ability to look after him that the Phillies have allowed Kyle to come back home and pitch in front of his friends and family.
"He is a real talent and we are delighted the country's best baseball player will be on the Tuatara roster again this season."
Glogoski was naturally pleased the Phillies allowed him to return to New Zealand during the northern hemisphere winter and have the opportunity to play in front of his friends and family.
"I'm stoked to be able to come back to the Auckland Tuatara for another season," Glogoski said.
"I can't wait to get down there and be part of it.
"I am also very grateful to the Phillies for allowing me this opportunity and want to thank them for being so considerate."
Glogoski joins fellow Kiwis Max Brown, Jimmy Boyce and Luke Hansen on the confirmed 2019-20 roster.