Aug. 28, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A three-time All-American catcher, two-time national Academic All-American of the year, two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, two-time Johnny Bench Award Finalist and now former Arizona State Sun Devil baseball player Casey Myers can hang the honor of minor league all-star on his wall. Myers, who starred on the diamond at ASU from 1998-2001 earning numerous athletic and academic accolades, was named to the Northwest League (Single-A) All-Star Team when it was announced today from the league office. Myers plays for the Vancouver Canadians.
After rewriting the ASU record books with gaudy career statistics that include a .384 batting average, 64 doubles and 39 home runs, Myers improved his 2000, 30th round draft status remarkably by being selected in the ninth round by the Oakland Athletics. The Case Grande, Ariz., native signed a professional contract, becoming the third member of his family to play pro ball (bother Corey plays in Diamondbacks system and father Clint played in the St. Louis Cardinal farm system), and took over right where his torrid college career ended. Through August 27, Myers was hitting .287 (54x188) for the Canadians with 15 doubles, seven home runs and is second on the team with 33 RBI.
Myers earned All-America status in three of his four years in the Maroon and Gold. In addition to his second-team All-America selection by Baseball America in 2001, Myers was a first-team The Sporting News All-American and a second-team pick by Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Baseball Weekly. He became only the third player in Pac-10 history to repeat as the conference Player of the Year and was also a finalist for Rotary Smith Player of the Year Award and the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year.
Leading the Devils at the plate in 2001 with a .395 batting average and seven home runs, Myers put the finishing touches on a career that may go down as one of the best in ASU baseball history. Myers became only the third Sun Devil to reach 300 hits in a career and fell just nine short of the school record of 322. His 275 RBI rank second in school and Pac-10 history, just eight off the record set by former Sun Devil great Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99). Myers also ranks fifth with 815 career at-bats, seventh with 198 runs scored, fourth with 64 doubles, sixth with 39 home runs, third with 494 total bases and is seventh with his .384 career batting average.
In addition to his much-heralded success on the diamond, Myers recently capped a stellar academic career at Arizona State, graduating with honors in early May with a 3.97 GPA with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. With his three selections to the University Division Academic All-America team and two straight Academic All-American of the Year honors, Myers has helped build an academic tradition within the ASU baseball program that has seen five AAA awards be awarded to the program in the last three years. Willie Bloomquist and Mark Ernster also earned AAA awards in 1999.