Former Florida Tech catcher Sam Palace signed a free agent contract with the Washington Nationals last week.
He is slated to report to their Single-A team, the Hagerstown Suns, in Hagerstown, Md. Expected to join the former Panther is the organization’s highly touted prospect, Bryce Harper.
“We’re very proud of Sam and happy that he will get the chance to continue pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball,” Tech head coach Greg Berkemeier said. “He’s worked extremely hard to go from an undrafted free agent to becoming a part of an affiliated organization. He was a major part of our program for three years, and I cannot say enough about him as a person and as a player. He has a tremendous work ethic, so we’re not surprised that he was able to overcome the obstacles to get the opportunity to play professional baseball.”
Palace is the second Florida Tech baseball player to sign with a major league organization since 2007. Former right-handed pitcher Mike Piazza signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels in June 2009.
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