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Four Cougars selected in MLB player draft
Published 6/12/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Four Cougar baseball players have a choice to make.

The drafted group of Jason Monda, J.D. Leckenby, Adam Nelubowich and Trace Tam Sing, all with eligibility remaining at WSU, can choose to continue their college careers or take their shot at professional baseball.

Monda, a junior who spent time at first base, in the outfield and on the mound in 2013 for WSU, was the first to hear his name called going in the sixth round and 181st overall to the Philadelphia Phillies.

In mid-May, Monda was named, along with 11 other student-athletes, to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award watch list.

In the 2013 season, Monda, a left-handed hitter, recorded a .294 average with a team-leading 40 RBI and seven home runs.

The next Cougar off the board was junior right-handed pitcher Leckenby, going in the 14th round and 416th overall to the New York Mets.

Moving from the bullpen as a freshman, to the rotation as a sophomore and back to relief as a junior, Leckenby demonstrated versatility while in Pullman.

During the 2013 campaign, Leckenby posted a 4.62 ERA in 37 innings pitched with 23 strikeouts and a team-leading six saves in 25 appearances.

Hearing his name called in the 18th round with the 527th overall pick was redshirt junior Nelubowich, going to the Houston Astros.

The Cougar team leader in doubles in 2013 saw time in the outfield as well as at third base last season. The Astros drafted Nelubowich as a third baseman.

The Stony Plain, Alberta native finished 2013 with a .299 average to go along with his 14 doubles, 34 RBI and three home runs.

The final Cougar drafted was redshirt sophomore Tam Sing, going in the 26th round and 774th overall to the Kansas City Royals.

After missing the 2012 season with an injury, Tam Sing started 52 of the Cougars’ 55 games in 2013.

Tam Sing contributed a .280 average, 17 RBI, 11 doubles and four stolen bases to the Cougars in 2013.

With the four selections, WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut has now seen 29 players drafted since he took over the program in 2005.

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