Leading Kiwi baseball player Kyle Glogoski will return to the Auckland Tuatara for the 2019-20 season in a major boost for the franchise.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed an incredible season playing professionally in the United States and is fast making a name for himself as a player with Major League talent.

The right-handed pitcher stood out in a handful of starts for the Tuatara during last season’s Australian Baseball League season but went on to pitch even better when he returned to the Philadelphia Phillies farm 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.

“It was a dream come true being able to play professional baseball in my home town and I am excited about what we can achieve this season especially after hearing what Regan and the team has planned.

“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.”

It is likely Glogoski will serve as the Tuatara’s starting pitcher for the season-opening game against the Perth Heat on November 21 when the Tuatara make their first appearance at the redeveloped North Harbour Stadium.

He will finish the season with Clearwater before heading down to New Zealand at the beginning of November.

Glogoski joins fellow Kiwis Max Brown, Jimmy Boyce and Luke Hansen on the confirmed 2019-20 roster with a number of other signings expected to be announced in the coming week.

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