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Canberra pitcher Brad Inglis signs with MLB club Boston Red Sox

Canberra pitcher Brad Inglis was a promising Australian footballer before his softball-playing mum lured him along to the diamond, now the 18-year-old is preparing to join the famous Boston Red Sox organisation.

Inglis had offers from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but opted to sign with the Red Sox because he is mates with Jon Deeble, who doubles as the Australian baseball coach and a Boston scout.

When his visa comes through, Inglis will fly to Fort Myers in Florida next month for spring training and expects to be stationed in the Gulf Coast League (rookie class).

Inglis said he had heard about why professional baseball was called "the grind" and was prepared for the hard work involved in making it to Major League Baseball.

"I'm prepared for it. They've said it's going to be hot and hard, so I'm looking forward to it, it's a new experience," he said.

"I don't care what I have to go through as long as I'm playing professional ball I'll give it my all."

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If baseball can get a recall as a sport for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo then Inglis wants to be there.

Having started out with the Weston Creek Indians, he wants to work his way up to the pinnacle of the sport.

"Looking forward to 2020 to see if I can make that Olympic side, so that's a future goal, and then just work my way up to the Major Leagues," Inglis said.

Canberra Baseball player pathway manager Jeremy Barnes said Inglis has been impressive at the Australian nationals over the last few years with his ability to strikeout hitters.

Barnes said Inglis was a "big kid", roughly 1.93 metres tall, who threw about 138-141 kilometres per hour.

"He's a big kid with a lot of upside. I don't think he's reached his full potential yet by any means," Barnes said.

"He's known as a strikeout guy here in Australia ... it's a good opportunity for him to go over and develop, play baseball every day.

"I think with that body you just don't know what's in there until you get over there and give it a go."

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