Kiwi teen signs seven year Major League deal

Last updated 09:41 19/01/2012
Pita Rona
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IN THE BIG LEAGUES: Auckland 17-year-old Pita Rona has been snapped up the Baltimore Orioles.

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New Zealand teenager Pita Rona has penned a seven-year deal with Major League Baseball franchise the Baltimore Orioles.

The Aucklander, 17, a former Black Sox softball player, controversially switched codes late last year to focus on baseball, and he was signed after Orioles scouts came to New Zealand this week to look at talent.

He will link up with the team's development programme in Australia.

Rona told Radio Sport this morning that he watches a lot of MLB and to know that he could play there is ''crazy'', though he is expecting to have to work extremely hard before he gets a shot at the big time.

New Zealand has never had a major league baseballer.

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