Former ACU pitcher Preston Vancil signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and has been invited to their minor league spring training camp.
Vancil posted a 3.54 ERA during his last season with the Wildcats and finished in the nation’s top 10 in strikeouts with 108. He was only 5-6 on the season, but he still earned first team all-Region selection as voted by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association.
Vancil went on to play for the Florence Freedom in the West Division of the independent Frontier League. He was 6-4 in 11 starts and threw for a 3.26 ERA. He held opposing batters to a .182 batting average. He also threw the first no-hitter in franchise history when he shut out the Traverse City Beach Bums 5-0 on July 26.