Spider Baseball Alum Wyatt Ulrich Signs With Padres
RICHMOND, Virginia – Former University of Richmond baseball player Wyatt Ulrich, ’21, (Indus, Minnesota) has signed a minor league free agent contract with the San Diego Padres, the organization announced Friday night. He will report to the Padres Double A-affiliated San Antonio Missions in the Texas League.
Ulrich enjoyed his only season with the Spiders in 2021 after arriving as a highly decorated NCAA Division III graduate transfer to St. John’s, Minn. He made 24 starts for Richmond, all from first place in order, finishing the season averaging .344 for 94 at-bats, with six doubles and a triple. He scored 21 runs and drove 15, while drawing 13 walks and putting out just five times. He also paced the Spiders on base paths with six stolen bases on seven attempts.
Ulrich has spent the past two seasons with the Sioux Falls Canaries in the American Professional Baseball Association. He was named to the American Conference All-Star Game and made a vital walk in the ninth that led to a three-run homer to help West beat East, 7-6. This season, Ulrich hit .353 with 79 hits, 14 doubles, three triples and three homers in 224 at bats in 52 games. He also had 23 RBIs, scored 47 runs, stole 10 bases and walked 17.
In his 2021 American Association Rookie of the Year campaign with the Canaries, Ulrich averaged .327 with 119 hits, including 16 doubles, six triples and a home run, in 364 at bats in 88 games . He also walked 42, stole 20, while driving 37 and scoring 69 times. He also set modern Canarian records with a 51-game on-base streak and a 29-game hit streak.