The New York Yankees have revealed that they have signed Australian teenager, Brandon Stenhouse to a six-figure contract.
Stenhouse is currently playing in a local league in Australia but has drawn attention from a number of MLB teams after he has recorded pitches up to 93 mph.
The teenager will report to spring training this year for two weeks before returning to Australia to finish his education. Stenhouse will then move to America permanently in order to play full-time.
On signing the contract, Stenhouse was presented with a bag full of Yankee merchandise.
“He got a big bag full of stuff which I think made him the happiest" said Dave Stenhouse, Brandon's father. "And mum and dad are happy too since we don’t have to pay for anything anymore.”
Stenhouse said that he had mixed emotions when signing the contract: “It’s still sinking in and I was a bit nervous signing the contract but it is a dream come true,” he said. “I was never sure it was going to happen.”
The exact figures of the contract have not been revealed, however the New York Post report that it will be a long-term six-figure sum.
Stenhouse represented Australia at the Under-18 World Championships in Taiwan last year.
He will be joined by Adam Silva, also from Victoria in the Yankees organization next year.