The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed shortstop Trace Tam Sing as a non-drafted free agent out of Washington State. In 49 starts this season, he had a .238/.333/.357 slash line, with two homers and no stolen bases. He had a .280/.384/.400 line in 2013. Sing is a strong defensive player and prior to 2013, he was voted the best infield arm in the Pac-12.
Sing is a 5’11”, 187 pound righty, who missed most of the 2012 season, so while he was a junior this year, he has spent the last four years at WSU. He has been drafted twice already, getting selected in the 22nd round out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in 2010, and last year, the Kansas City Royals took him in the 26th round. He still had a season of college eligibility left. The Pirates have assigned him to Jamestown.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
I just watched this guy play last week. He was playing in the Northwood League for the Madison Mallards. He was the Miller Lite beer batter, andfailed to strike out. He was very athletic, but needs to work on his swing, back side ccollapsed some and he popped everything I saw to deep short.