Nov. 15, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. -- With a week remaining in the Arizona Fall League schedule, the addition of former Sun Devil Dan McKinley to the Maryvale Saguaros runs the total number of former ASU baseball players in the AFL to five.
Three players, McKinley, Mark Ernster and Ryan Bradley all play for the Maryvale Saguaros who are currently tied for first place in the Western Division with a 19-20 record. McKinley, who played for ASU from 1995-97 and hit at a career .389 clip, is currently at Double-A in the Montreal Expos farm system. Since joining Maryvale last week, McKinley is hitting .417, going 5-for-12 with four RBI. Ernster (1997-99) is also at the Double-A level with the Milwaukee Brewers, and is hitting .286 with four doubles, four triples and two home runs in the AFL. Bradley (1995-97) is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA. The New York Yankee farmhand has pitched in the majors in recent years and played at Triple-A Columbus last year.
Tied with Maryvale also with a 19-20 record is the Peoria Javelinas who feature former Sun Devil All-American and 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year Willie Bloomquist (1997-99). Bloomquist, who spent the 2000 professional season split between Single-A Lancaster and Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners organization, was named a second team minor league all-star by Baseball America. Bloomquist is hitting .271 with six doubles, a triple and has scored 12 runs.
Ryan Mills, a pitcher at ASU from 1996-98, is playing for the Grand Canyon Rafters and is currently 0-4 with a 5.86 ERA. The former first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins played last year with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats.