After going undrafted in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, former Washington State shortstop, Trace Tam Sing, has signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tam Sing, a four-year starter from Newport High School in Bellevue, WA, was originally drafted out of high school in 2010 by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round and was drafted again in 2013 by the Kansas City Royals in 26th round.
Since head coach Donnie Marbut took over the program in 2005, the Cougars have had 32 players selected in the draft (including Tam Sing) and although 32 former Cougars have made it to The Show since the program began play in 1892, none of the Marbut’s players have played in the Majors, despite a handful making it as far as AAA.
Since being signed by the Pirates, Tam Sing has played in three games for the Jamestown Jammers, the short season affiliate for the Pirates, and has a .143 batting average with his lone hit as a double. Hopefully Tam Sing can continue seeing playing time, improving his overall game, and eventually become the first former Washington State baseball player to play in Major League Baseball since knuckleballer Eddie Bonine appeared for the Detroit Tigers in 2010.