The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed reliever Jackson Lodge out of Australia, according to the Adelaide Bite Facebook page. Lodge becomes the fifth player signed by the Pirates out of Australia in the last few years, joining Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, Dylan Child, and Wilson Lee.
Lodge currently has a 9.64 ERA in 4.2 innings in the Australian Baseball League, along with a 5:1 K/BB ratio. Lodge, who turned 17 on October 12th, is 6' 1", 158 pounds. UPDATE: Lodge pitched in the Australian Baseball Academy this past season, putting up a 2-3 record with a 2.03 ERA in 40 innings pitched, along with a 22:3 K/BB ratio. That's much better than his ABL totals so far. Thanks to John Dreker for pointing out those numbers....
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