Three Cougars drafted on final day
Washington State junior right-handed pitcher J.D. Leckenby was the New York Mets’ 14th round selection in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.
Leckenby, the 10th pick of the round and 416th overall, has been a versatile arm for the Cougars during his three years in Pullman. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen as a freshman and recorded a 2.28 ERA in 18 appearances. In 2012, he won four games in 14 starts. During the 2013 campaign, he moved back to relief and contributed two wins and a team-leading six saves in 25 appearances.
The Buhl, Idaho native is the fourth Cougar to be selected by the Mets all-time. Others include pitcher Dan Frisella (third round, 1966 June Secondary Phase), pitcher Mark Crandall (39th round, 1967) and shortstop Jason King (21st round, 1990). Frisella, a member of the Washington State Athletics Hall of Fame, made his MLB debut with the Mets in 1967 and played 10 seasons at the big league level.
Washington State redshirt-junior Adam Nelubowich was selected by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.
Nelubowich, who spent time in the outfield and at third base for the Cougars in 2013, was selected as a third baseman by the Astros. He was the first pick of the round and the 527th player drafted overall.
The Stony Plain, Alberta native batted .299 with a team-leading 14 doubles last spring. He added three triples, three home runs and 34 RBI. He was the only Cougar to have his name in the batting order for all-55 games in 2013.
Nelubowich is the third Washington State player drafted in 2013 joining Jason Monda (sixth round, Philadelphia) and J.D. Leckenby (14th round, New York Mets). He is the fifth Cougar drafted by the Astros all-time and the first since the Astros moved to the American League.
Other Cougars drafted by the Astros include pitcher Steve Quealey (18t round, 1979), pitcher Guy Normand (13th round, 1986), pitcher Mark Small (17th round, 1989) and catcher Kevin Scott (32nd round, 1989). Small pitched in 16 MLB games for the Astros in 1996.
Washington State redshirt-sophomore Trace Tam Sing was the 26th round selection of the Kansas City Royals during the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Saturday.
Tam Sing started 52 of the Cougars’ 55 games in 2013 and played in 53 overall. He batted .280 with 14 extra-base hits, 17 RBI and added four stolen bases, primarily from the No. 9 spot in the lineup. The Bellevue, Wash., native started as a freshman before missing 2012 due to injury.
He was the eighth player selected in the round and the 774th overall. Tam Sing is the sixth Washington State player to be drafted by the Royals all-time. He joins catcher James Hannah (13th round, 1968), first baseman Phil Westendorf (fifth round, 1977), second baseman Mike Miller (sixth round, 1983), pitcher Chris Sheehan (27th round, 1992) and catcher Brady Everett (15th round, 2005). Everett was the first played drafted by an MLB team in the Donnie Marbut era.
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