GREENSBORO, N.C. – Former UNCG pitcher Warren Slack has signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres, the organization announced recently.
Slack, who exhausted his eligibility this past season, reported to Peoria, Ariz., to play for the the Arizona League Padres, the rookie-level affiliate for the Padres in the Arizona Rookie League.
He made his first professional appearance on Saturday for the Padres in a 5-4 loss to the Arizona League Mariners. Slack came into the game in the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. He allowed a leadoff single, but didn't allow another hit the rest of the inning, while striking out one batter.
This past season, Slack was named first-team All-Southern Conference as a starting pitcher by the head coaches in the league. He finished his senior season with a 7-2 record and a 4.25 ERA. He struck out 73 batters on the year, while yielding just 21 walks, in 82 2/3 innings of work. In the final home start of his career, Slack struck out a career-high 12 batters in a 5-1 win over The Citadel.
Slack left UNCG as one of the most accomplished pitchers in school history. He made 81 appearances in his four years, which ranks ninth all-time at UNCG. His 39 career starts also ranks ninth in school history.
He struck opposing batters an impressive 251 times, which ranks fifth all-time in Spartan history. He also ranks in the top-10 all-time in innings pitched and complete games.
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