Jett’s ca­reer set to take off

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

HAMIL­TON Hill base­ball player Jett Wright will fly to the USA to­day to play in front of Ma­jor League Base­ball scouts and col­lege coaches, with the trip just one step in his jour­ney to make a ca­reer out of the sport.

HAMIL­TON Hill base­baller Jett Wright will use an ex­hi­bi­tion series in the USA as a plat­form for a fu­ture move to the big time.

The 17-year-old will travel to Florida to­day after be­ing se­lected in Ma­jor League Base­ball’s World Se­lect Team fea­tur­ing 29 of the most promis­ing am­a­teur play­ers on the planet.

The selec­tion process was lengthy, with in­for­ma­tion from state as­so­ci­a­tions com­bined with rec­om­men­da­tions from lo­cal scouts sent to the MLB, which had the fi­nal say on picks.

The South Fre­man­tle stu­dent could play in as many as eight games against MLB af­fil­i­ates and other in­ter­na­tional teams in front of col­lege coaches and MLB scouts.

“I want to play pro­fes­sion­ally in Amer­ica,” Wright said.

“It’s go­ing to be tough, real tough, but I’m go­ing to give it my best.”

Wright will take hope from Aus­tralians who have gone be­fore him.

Ul­rich Bo­jarski (Detroit Tigers), Jack O’Lough­lin (Detroit Tigers) and Jor­dan McAr­dle (Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs) all signed pro­fes­sional con­tracts after com­pet­ing in the same series in 2016.

Wright, who plays state base­ball for the Melville Braves, should feel pretty com­fort­able over­seas, having toured there four times.

But he said there would be added pres­sure be­cause of the qual­ity of teams in­volved.

Base­ball Aus­tralia’s high per­for­mance man­ager Glenn Wil­liams said the series was an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for aspir­ing play­ers.

“To have the chance to play with some of the best up-and-com­ing prospects from around the world and com­pete against pro­fes­sional teams in pro­fes­sional com­plexes is some­thing that will be ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial for the play­ers on this trip,” he said.

Also head­ing over­seas are West Aus­tralians Jess Wil­liams and Alex Hall.

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The Wright stuff: Base­ball player Jett Wright is fly­ing to the US to­day in hopes of be­ing signed up by the big leagues.

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Jett Wright wants to play pro­fes­sion­ally in the US.

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