The Kentucky softball team’s season ended with disappointment, but star third baseman Abbey Cheek now has reason to be pretty darn excited for the future.
Back in April, Cheek was selected No. 14 overall by the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft.
And today, she officially signed her one-year contract with the team.
SIGNED: The Chicago Bandits have inked 2019 14th overall pick Abbey Cheek to a 1-year contract!
— Chicago Bandits (@Chicago_Bandits) May 30, 2019
According to an article written by espnW’s Graham Hays in 2016, teams in the NPF have rosters of at least 18 players with a salary cap of $150,000, with most salaries ranging anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 during the three-month season. That being said, players are eligible to earn various bonuses along the way to boost their total income.
This past season, Cheek made history for the Wildcats, becoming the fourth player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American and the first unanimous First-Team selection in school history.
In 2019, Cheek finished top-three in school history in single-season batting average (3rd, .428), home runs (2nd, 20), runs scored (2nd, 54), total bases (1st, 138), on-base percentage (1st, .602), slugging (1st, .902) and walks (1st, 64). In short, she put up one of the most impressive years in program history.
As a team, the Wildcats, who recently fell in the Washington Super Regional, finished with a final record of 36-24 to go with a conference record of 14-10.
Best of luck to the former Wildcat in her professional future.