Oct. 30, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Baseball America has released their 2006 Major League Baseball Draft report card, and the Arizona State Sun Devils are well represented on the list. All five of the Devils drafted in the 2006 draft earned accolades from the national baseball publication.
Headlining the list was Brett Bordes, who was a ninth round pick of the Baltimore Orioles. The Sun Devils' all-time leader in pitching appearances, Bordes was named the "Closest To The Majors" of all the Orioles' draft picks. Bordes went 3-1 with five saves for the A Aberdeen IronBirds during his first season in pro ball.
Zechry Zinicola, who was named the Washington Nationals' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, had the "Best Pro Debut" in the Washington system, according to Baseball America. Zinicola went 4-1 with 12 saves while twice being promoted. He began his career at Short-Season A Vermont before being promoted to AA Harrisburg. Zinicola was a sixth round pick.
Pittsburgh Pirates fifth round pick Pat Bresnehan also earned "Best Pro Debut" accolades for the Pirates system by Baseball America. Bresnehan struck out 59 batters for the Williamsport Crosscutters, on his way to being named the Crosscutters Pitcher of the Year.
Colin Curtis, who was taken by the New York Yankees in the fourth round, was listed as one of the "Best Pure Hitters" in the Yankees 2006 draft class. Tony Barnette, a tenth round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was one of the pitchers mentioned with the "Best Pro Debut" in the Diamondbacks organization.