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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Pat Varni hit well in college series; Later turned pro, saw two seasons, made high-A

University of Texas at Arlington's Pat Varni had a big four-game series in February 1987, enough for his coach Butch McBroom to praise him and a couple teammates to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Varni went 7 for 9 over the series, including five singles, two doubles and two RBI, The Star-Telegram wrote

"Varni ... hit he ball real well for us," McBroom told The Star-Telegram, including the two other players.

Varni eventually hit the ball well enough to turn pro. He saw two seasons and made high-A.

Varni's career began in 1989, signed by independent Boise out of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Varni went to Texas at Arlington out of Conroe McCullough High, where he was an all-area first team selection and led his district in hitting.

At Texas at Arlington, Varni picked up three hits in a February 1986 game and he shared the outstanding freshman award. He then drove in five runs in a March 1987 game.

In May 1989, Varni hit a leadoff home run against Louisiana Tech and then a three-run shot later in the game, The Shreveport Times wrote.

"Texas-Arlington jumped ahead on us and it was just tough to come back from that," Louisiana Tech coach Pat Patterson told The Times. "They used their big bats and just beat us at our own long ball game."

Varni then turned pro. He started at independent short-season Boise. He saw 27 games and hit .297.

He then split 1990 between independent high-A Miami and independent short-season Erie. He saw three games at Erie and 50 at Miami. He hit .137 overall, with one home run and nine RBI. That season marked his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,894
Made the Majors:1,299-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,595-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:325

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