Ware, 23, became a member of the Boomers after a brief stint with the Joliet Slammers during his first season as a pro in 2012. The towering reliever threw just 13 innings combined is his rookie season with solid numbers earning him another chance to prove himself in Schaumburg in 2013. Ware posted a 3.46 ERA in seven appearances with seven strikeouts and 17 hits allowed.
Ware finished his college baseball career with two seasons at nearby Judson University. Ware earned an 11-7 record for the NAIA school with a 3.68 earned run average over 132.2 innings as a member of the Eagles baseball team. The Danville, Ill. native appeared in 25 career games with 24 starts and eight complete games to go along with 113 strikeouts against just 37 walks.
Prior to attending Judson, Ware spent his first two seasons at Kankakee Community College where he was named the team’s pitcher of the year in 2010. Ware went 9-2 with a 4.26 ERA over 82.1 innings to earn NJCAA All-Region 4 second team honors. In 2009, Ware pitched 28.2 innings with a 3-1 record and a 4.39 ERA for a squad that finished third at the NJCAA World Series. Ware helped lead KCC to a 99-28 record during his two seasons as a Cavalier.