Oct. 26, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In the recent issue of Baseball America, the 2001 Arizona State baseball recruiting class ranked first in the nation based primarily on draft picks who did not sign professional contracts.
Eight players who were selected in the annual Major League Amateur Baseball Draft this past June highlight the group of 2000 newcomers. The group includes: UT/P Eric Keefner (4th round pick by Astros/Chicago, Ill.), P/C Ryan Schroyer (16th round pick by Tigers/Tucson, Ariz.), LHP Jonathan Gutierrez (20th round pick by Red Sox/Central Arizona College), OF Skyler Fulton (25th round pick by Mets/Olympia, Wash.), INF/OF Rod Allen (34th round pick by Reds/Phoenix, Ariz.), OF Michael Guerrero (36th round pick by Red Sox/South Mountain CC), INF Steve Garrabrants (42nd round pick by Twins/Phoenix, Ariz.), and OF Chris Duffy (43rd round pick by Red Sox/South Mountain CC).
Other top newcomers who are expected to contribute on the Diamond for ASU this spring are RHP J.J. Jackson (Chandler, Ariz.), RHP/INF Alex Creel (Roseville, Calif.), LHP Matt Shartis (Piedmont, Calif.), OF Ryan McKenna (Elgin, Ill.), 1B Jeremy West (Las Vegas, Nev.), RHP Billy Silvestri (Scottsdale, Ariz.), INF Julian Benevidez (Oakland, Calif.), OF Andre Either (Glendale, Ariz.), OF Jon Sheaffer (Mesa, Ariz.) and RHP/INF Matt Sopko (Joliet, Ill.). In all, ASU has 17 newcomers on the fall roster.
The Sun Devils are currently hard at work in fall drills and will begin playing intrasquad games next week at Packard Stadium.