Former Edmonds-Woodway High School baseball standout Tate Budnick has signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Portland next year.
Budnick will enter the University of Portland program as a junior after spending two years at Everett Community College. A right-handed pitcher and catcher, Budnick was selected to play in the 2015-16 NWACC Sophomore Showcase, and he nabbed a Gold Glove as a freshman in 2015 for his work behind the plate. He helped the Trojans win the NWACC North Tournament Championship and advance to the conference championship tournament.
At Edmonds-Woodway, Budnick was a four-year letterwinner who in 2014 earned first-team all-state accolades as both a pitcher and a catcher during this senior year. He was also named to the Everett Herald All-Area First and Second Teams and he was selected to the Seattle Times Star Times All-Area Team. Additionally, Budnick was voted to the 2014 All-Wesco First Team as both a pitcher and a catcher after previously earning second-team selection in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He helped the Warriors claim three league titles and advance to state three times, finishing as high as fifth in the state of Washington.
“Tate Budnick is an established and successful catcher from the junior college ranks,” said Pilots head coach Geoff Loomis. “Tate has a strong arm, is a proficient receiver, and has the ability to manage the game. A great leader, Tate has the potential to help us on the mound as well.”