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Aussie pitcher signs with Kansas City
12:21 AEST Thu Jan 19 2012

Australian pitcher Steven Kent has landed a deal with US Major League franchise Kansas City on the back of his outstanding ABL season.

Canberra Cavalry's Kent, who had previously pitched in the Atlanta Braves organisation before being released at the end of last season, is currently tied for the domestic league lead in wins (five) and has six saves.

The 22-year-old has struck out 27 batters this year to highlight his potential.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Kent said.

"When I got released I dedicated myself to working hard, pitching hard, and hoping for another shot.

"I am grateful to the Kansas City Royals organisation for giving me this opportunity and grateful that the Cavalry organisation is here in Canberra so I could be seen and given this shot."