UNCW press release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Former Seahawk standout pitcher Daniel Cropper is close to signing a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres.
Cropper will fly out of Wilmington Thursday to meet with team officials, the outcome of that meeting will determine whether or not Cropper will sign a contract. The team is offering no money up front, just the chance for Cropper to prove himself and keep a spot on the roster.
Cropper led the Seahawk pitching staff in 2011, winning a career-high eight games and striking out 80, also a career-best. As a senior, Cropper made 14 starts and went the distance in three of those outings, including a four-hit shutout of Old Dominion at the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in May.
He concluded his career with the Seahawks ranked among UNCW's career leaders in several categories, including starts (3rd, 50), strikeouts (6th, 236), wins (9th, 21) and innings pitched (9th, 297.1). Known for his stellar control, Cropper walked just 2.02 batters per nine innings for his career while fanning 7.14 per nine.
Cropper was previously drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 42nd round of the 2009 Major League baseball Draft.
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