WILMINGTON, NC – Sharks 2021 starting pitcher Joey Kemlage, formerly of American International University, officially signed a professional contract with San Francisco Giants organization today.

The left-hander appeared in nine games for Wilmington in 2021 starting in eight and recorded a 2.00 ERA. Kemlage was second on the club in wins with a total of three and led the team with 51 strikeouts in 45 innings. All but two games in which Kemlage appeared resulted in victories for Wilmington as he limited opposing hitters to a .207 average at the plate and held a 1.09 WHIP.

“We are very excited to see Joey continue his career on the mound and it’s a testament to the Sharks and our coaching staff to have a player, even from a smaller school, make a great showing in Wilmington and earn the opportunity to play professionally,” said Sharks general manager Allan Lusk.

Kemlage is the first Shark from the 2021 club to sign a professional contract.