Queenslander Connor MacDonald will move south for the summer to play for the Sydney Blue Sox in the 2017-18 Australian Baseball League season.
Despite being only 21-years-old, MacDonald is an experienced campaigner, having played minor leagues in the US in the Houston Astros pipeline and represented Australia during the silver medal run in the 2016 under-23s World Championships in Mexico.
MacDonald said he was pleased to sign for Sydney and is looking forward to the opportunity to play for new Blue Sox manager Tony Harris again.
The infielder is an Australian success story after being signed as a professional by the Houston Astros’ as a 16-year-old.
“I was signed out of the Australian Academy, and it is a day that I will never forget,” he said.
“I was so grateful for the opportunity to play professionally in the United States.”
He added the under-23s silver medal was a career highlight so far, saying “the friendships I’ve made from that team and the chemistry all of us boys had was pretty special”.
MacDonald debuted in the ABL in 2012-13 season for the Brisbane Bandits.
Blue Sox CEO Mark Marino said MacDonald was a good signing for Sydney as the side aims to make it back to the ABL finals.
“We are extremely excited to have Connor on board and continue to promote young, domestic Australian talent,” he said.
“Having played against his father Ken, I know that he comes from a great family and good stock. Connor will be a valuable addition both on and off the field.”