SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong State University senior Nick Andress signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels organization last week, beginning his professional baseball career with the Arizona League's Angels squad this weekend.
A 6-1 senior righthander from Katy, Texas, Andress pitched two seasons with the Pirates, striking out 93 batters in 80 1/3 innings of work while going 3-4 with two saves. A junior college product of West Georgia Tech, Andress joined Armstrong State as a junior in 2016.
Andress saw his first professional action on Sunday, pitching one inning for the AZL Angels and giving up one run while striking out two in the Angels' 6-2 win over the AZL Giants.
He becomes the 77th and final Armstrong State University baseball player to sign a professional contract since Warren Bachmann was drafted in 1982 as the first professional player from the Pirates, a span of 36 years.