Tom Singer

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Thomas Blaine Singer

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Tom Singer spent seven years in the minors, peaking in A ball.

He was born in England but grew up in New York. He outpitched Mike Mussina and #1 seed Stanford University, 5-1, in the 1988 College World Series Regionals; Stanford still won the Series. He picked off three in 8 1/3 IP. He was 1-0 with a 7.02 ERA as the worst hurler for Team USA in the summer of 1989. He was with the US for the 1989 Intercontinental Cup. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 1990 amateur draft - two picks after Damon Buford and a few ahead of Ernie Young - and played in their system until 1994. He played in independent baseball in 1995 and 1996.

He made his pro debut with the St. Catharines Blue Jays, going 2-3 with a save and a 4.66 ERA; he had 23 walks and 44 whiffs in 38 2/3 IP. In 1991, he was 3-8 with a 4.04 ERA for the Myrtle Beach Blue Jays, walking 81 in 138 innings. He was 5th in the South Atlantic League in walks and first in homers allowed (15).

He threw a no-hitter on May 5, 1992, while pitching for the Dunedin Blue Jays against the Fort Myers Miracle. He finished the year with a 10-7, 4.00 record, his walks down to 62 in 139 1/3 IP. He tied Terry Powers for 6th in the Florida State League in walks and tied for 10th in wins. Back with Dunedin in 1993, he went 9-11 with a 4.01 ERA, 71 walks and 17 wild pitches in 137 innings. He tied Felix Rodriguez for 4th in the FSL in walks, tied for 5th in losses and led with 17 wild pitches. In 1994, he was even wilder, walking 61 in only 74 1/3 IP to finish 2-3, 6.42.

Singer had a 8-8, 5.21 record for the 1995 Bend Bandits, with 116 K to 44 BB in 121 IP. He tied for 8th in the Western Baseball League in wins, tied for 8th in losses and was 5th in strikeouts (between Kurt Peltzer and John Patton. In 1995, he was the Catskill Cougars' lone North Atlantic League All-Star, going 5-5 with a 5.25 ERA. Ray Schmittle was the other All-Star LHP in the NAL that year.

Overall, Singer was 39-45 with a 4.62 ERA in 161 games (116 starts). In 718 2/3 innings, he allowed 712 hits and 376 walks, while striking out 599 batters.