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ASU Baseball Inks State's Top Players
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 11/15/1999
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Nov. 15, 1999

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State baseball program signed 20 student-athletes to compete and play at Arizona State in the 2000-2001 season announced head coach Pat Murphy today.

"As much as I shy away from emphasizing recruits, this is an incredible class," said Murphy. "And as always, it stresses Arizona student-athletes."

ASU cleaned up in the state of Arizona, signing all of the top prospects from around the state. Local signees are: Rod Allen, Jr.,IF/OF, Phoenix (Desert Vista), Joseph Durbin, RHP, Scottsdale (Coronado), Andre Ethier, OF, Glendale (St. Mary's), Steve Garrabrants, IF, Phoenix (Moon Valley), Brett Harper, IF, Scottsdale (Desert Mountain), J.J. Jackson, RHP, Chandler (Chandler), Ryan Schroyer, P/C, Oracle (Canyon del Oro), Billy Silvestri, P/IF, Scottsdale (Desert Mountain) and Will Smith, IF, Tucson (Palo Verde Magnet).

The Sun Devils signed the top five prospects in the state of Arizona according to Baseball America (Durbin, Garrabrants, Schroyer, Silvestri and Smith) including the top two players from the Tucson area (Schroyer and Smith).

"Jay Sferra, in only his second year as recruiting coordinator, has established himself as one of the top recruiters in the country," noted Murphy. "He's the best and now everyone knows it nationally."

Of the 20 student-athletes signed only two are junior college transfers. Fourteen of the 18 freshmen prospects are projected to be in the Top 100 High School Players nationally in 2000.

Arizona State should have one of the top 2000 recruiting classes nationally.

ASU Baseball also picked up commitments from top players in California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Utah, Illinois, Maryland and Colorado.

Arizona State must now wait for the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft in the spring to see what effects it will have on the 2000 recruiting class.

Complete list of 2000 signees:
Rod Allen, Jr. (Phoenix, AZ)
Julian Benavidez (Oakland, CA)
Alex Creel (Roseville, CA)
J.D. Durbin (Scottsdale, AZ)
Andre Ethier (Glendale, AZ)
Steve Garrabrants (Phoenix, AZ)
Jonathan Gutierrez (Coolidge, AZ)
Brett Harper (Scottsdale, AZ)
Matthew Harrington (Palmdale, CA)
J.J. Jackson (Chandler, AZ)
Jason Kaanoi (Kaneohe, HI)
Ryan McKenna (Elgin, IL)
Jason Myers (Federal Way, WA)
Kenneth Nelson (Fort Washington, MD)
Rick Sander (Colton, CA)
Ryan Schroyer (Oracle, AZ)
Billy Silvestri (Scottsdale, AZ)
Will Smith (Tucson, AZ)
Mark Sopko (Joliet, IL)
Jeff Tibbs (Farmington, UT)
Jeremy West (Henderson, NV)
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