VANCOUVER – Former UBC Thunderbirds baseball player Sammie Starr earned a promotion within the organization of Major League Baseball’s Balitmore Orioles today.

The 5-foot-8 shortstop from Toronto was promoted from Single-A Frederick (Md.) to Triple-A Norfolk (Va.) of the International League, one step below the top level of professional baseball. Starr has appeared in 33 games so far this season with Frederick, hitting .257 with four home runs and 17 runs batted in.

“I’m really happy for Sammie,” said UBC head coach Terry McKaig. “His call up is a testament to his determination to keep battling through what is now a five-year career in the minors, a lot more than anyone would have guessed. We are all very proud of what he continues to accomplish as a professional baseball player. Days like today I’m sure make the grind worth it for him.”
Starr entered the Orioles organization after being taken by the team in the 34th round, 1018th overall, in the 2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
At the time, he was the 12th UBC baseball player to be drafted by an MLB team. Starr played 167 games for the Thunderbirds over his four-year university career, hitting .344 with eight home runs and 91 RBI.