Worcestershire have signed teenager Tom Fell to a two-year contract that sees him through to the end of the 2015 season.
The Oxford student was denied a maiden century on Monday when rain curtailed his innings of 94 not out in their draw with Kent.
Fell made his first class debut against Glamorgan in June and scored a half-century against Australia in their tour match.
In his four Second XI Championship appearances during 2013, Fell averages 60.20 scoring 301 runs in just five innings.
"I'm delighted to commit my future to Worcestershire CCC," said the 19-year-old. "I made the decision to leave University during the winter to focus on my cricketing career and I'm glad to see this decision is paying off.
"I've had a decent run of form so far this summer and look forward to the challenge of the next two years. I will be spending this winter in Adelaide with the Darren Lehmann Academy and hopefully this opportunity will help improve my game."
Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said he was pleased to see one of the county's academy players making a successful step up.
"I am really looking forward to working with Tom as a full time professional cricketer," he said. "He has shown this year, both in second team and first team cricket, that he has the ability to score runs at this level.
"He is a product of our Academy system which is something Academy Director Damian D'Oliveira once again can be very proud of."