June 6, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. - Although he was selected the top player in one of the nation's best college baseball conferences, Arizona State junior catcher Casey Myers had to wait until the 30th round of this week's Major League Baseball draft before hearing his name called.
Myers was selected Tuesday by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 891st overall pick of the three-day-long draft. The Casa Grande, AZ., native was selected the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, after batting .412, with 18 HRs and a team-best 97 RBIs. Myers' RBI total was the fourth-best single-season total in Sun Devil history. In addition, Myers was selected a second-team All-American by two different publications, and is a candidate for "Baseball America's" national player of the year award. On Tuesday, the day he was drafted, Myers was also named the 2000 GTE Academic All-American of the Year. He carries a 4.0 grade point average in mathematics.
Myers was one of two current ASU players drafted Tuesday. Ironically, both were chosen by the Milwaukee Brewers, who selected Sun Devil southpaw pitcher Drew Friedberg in the 29th round, with the 861st pick. Friedberg is a native of Middleton, WI.
Eight Arizona State baseball recruits were drafted Tuesday, bringing to 17 the number of Sun Devil signees chosen by Major League clubs over the past two days. The first ASU recruit picked Tuesday was left-handed pitcher Jonathan Gutierrez of Central Arizona JC in Coolidge, selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 25th round. Three picks later in the same round, the New York Mets drafted outfielder Skyler Fulton of Capital H.S. in Olympia, WA. Fulton, who prior to the draft was rated one of the nation's top 100 prospects by "Baseball America" magazine, has signed a letter-of-intent to play football at ASU.
In the 34th round, the Cincinnati Reds selected Sun Devil signee Rod Allen, a third baseman from Desert Vista H.S. in Phoenix, and the son of former major leaguer Rod Allen, currently a broadcaster for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Three other ASU prep recruits were drafted Tuesday. Right-handed pitcher Josh Perrault, of Mesa's Red Mountain H.S., went to the Diamondbacks in round 40. Moon Valley H.S. infielder Steve Garrabrants was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 42nd round, while Desert Mountain H.S. third baseman Brett Harper was a 45th round selection of the New York Mets.
The Boston Red Sox drafted a pair of Sun Devil JC outfield recruits on Tuesday. Mesa CC's Michael Guerrero was selected in the 36th round, while Chris Duffy of South Mountain JC went to the Red Sox in round 43.
All told, eight current ASU players and 17 recruits have been selected in the first two days of the major league draft, which ends Wednesday.