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Baseball Alumni Turn In Strong 2007
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Release: 10/01/2007
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Oct. 1, 2007

With Major League Baseball having wrapped up their regular season and Minor League Baseball completing their postseason, it was another successful year for former Arizona State baseball players.

Barry Bonds, who wore the Maroon and Gold from 1983 to 1985, became baseball's all-time home run king, passing Hank Aaron's record of 755. Bonds finished the season with 762 career home runs. Bonds also made his 15th career All-Star appearance, earning the start for the game in San Francisco.

Leading the parade of other former Devils who had sterling seasons was Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox. The Rookie of the Year candidate, who was the 2003 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year, is readying for the MLB Playoffs with the 2007 American League East Champion Red Sox. Pedroia hit .317 during the regular season for Boston, the highest batting average by a qualifying rookie second baseman since 1913.

Eleven other former Devils were part of division or league championship teams. Andrew Romine, who was on the 2007 Sun Devils, and the Orem Owlz won the Pioneer League crown, beating out former teammates CJ Retherford and Joe Persichina of the Great Falls White Sox. Colin Curtis, who was at ASU from 2004-06, and the Trenton Thunder won the Eastern League.

ASU saw two more baseball players begin their big league careers, as Travis Buck (Oakland) and Mel Stocker (Milwaukee) became the 87th and 88th all-time Major Leaguers in Arizona State history. Buck and Stocker were two of 11 Sun Devils in the majors, joining Bonds (San Francisco), Pedroia (Boston), Willie Bloomquist (Seattle), Chris Duffy (Pittsburgh), Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers), Ian Kinsler (Texas), Paul Lo Duca (New York Mets), Dennis Sarfate (Houston) and Jon Switzer (Tampa Bay).

 MAJOR LEAGUE STATISTICS

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Player Team BA G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants .270 130 367 74 99 23 0 26 77
Willie Bloomquist Seattle Mariners .277 91 173 28 48 3 0 2 13
Travis Buck Oakland Athletics .288 82 285 41 82 22 5 7 34
Chris Duffy Pittsburgh Pirates .249 70 241 31 60 11 3 3 22
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers .284 153 447 50 127 32 2 13 64
Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers .263 130 483 96 127 22 2 20 61
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox * .317 139 520 86 165 39 1 8 50
Paul Lo Duca New York Mets .272 119 445 46 121 18 1 9 54
Mel Stocker Milwaukee Brewers .000 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
 * regular season statistics

Player Team W L ERA G GS SV IP H BB SO
Dennis Sarfate Houston Astros 1 0 1.08 7 0 0 8.1 5 1 14
Jon Switzer Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0 2 8.05 21 0 0 19.0 27 7 13

 

 MINOR LEAGUE STATISTICS

 
Player Team (Class) BA G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Mel Stocker Huntsville (AA) .255 112 267 56 68 8 10 0 23
Brooks Conrad Round Rock (AAA) .218 139 533 85 116 36 3 22 70
Mitch Jones Las Vegas (AAA) .303 52 185 42 56 14 1 19 60
Sergio Garcia Las Vegas (AAA) .292 66 250 44 73 15 0 8 33
Josh Asanovich Montgomery (AA) .242 121 401 45 97 19 1 5 34
Jeff Larish Erie (AA) .267 132 454 71 121 25 2 28 101
Casey Myers Midland (AA) .303 35 122 21 37 3 1 3 13
Colin Curtis Tampa (A) .298 65 245 37 73 9 2 5 26
  Trenton (AA) .242 61 240 32 58 10 1 3 15
  Totals .270 126 485 69 131 19 3 8 41
Rod Allen Winston-Salem (A) .290 76 249 23 52 11 0 4 23
Seth Dhaenens Columbus (A) .282 65 188 18 53 10 1 0 25
Tuffy Gosewisch Lakewood (A) .224 92 339 52 76 24 2 5 45
Eric Sogard Eugene (A) .256 31 125 20 32 9 0 2 18
  Fort Wayne (A) .253 22 83 7 21 2 0 2 15
  Portland (AAA) .000 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Totals .251 54 211 27 53 11 0 4 33
Matt Spencer Williamsport (A) .263 51 179 21 47 10 0 9 26
Tim Smith Spokane (A) .284 23 81 18 23 5 0 1 9
Steve Garrabrants Lancaster (A) .288 37 125 32 36 8 2 9 32
Andrew Romine Orem (R) .286 56 231 38 66 6 6 5 35
CJ Retherford Great Falls (R) .318 61 261 53 83 30 4 13 48
Joe Persichina Great Falls (R) .281 46 160 35 45 11 1 0 16
Ben Bando Aiken (South Coast) .230 69 239 31 55 7 0 11 42
Joey Hooft South Georgia (South Coast) .291 71 261 51 76 15 2 0 32
Scott Goodman Orange County (Golden) .259 72 251 43 65 14 0 13 53

Player Team (Class) W L ERA G GS SV IP H BB SO
Dennis Sarfate Nashville (AAA) 2 7 4.52 45 1 4 61.2 61 47 68
Mike Esposito Tulsa (AA) 0 1 1.29 1 1 0 7.0 7 3 3
  Colorado Springs (AAA) 5 5 6.05 27 11 1 102.2 134 38 49
  Totals 5 6 5.74 28 12 1 109.2 141 41 52
Beau Vaughan Portland (AA) 1 3 3.34 42 0 6 59.1 52 31 64
Zechry Zinicola Harrisburg (AA) 0 4 5.46 42 0 6 57.2 53 36 45
Brett Bordes Delmarva (A) 3 2 3.09 32 0 2 43.2 32 37 34
Jason Urquidez Yakima (A) 1 0 2.93 10 0 1 15.1 12 4 11
  South Bend (A) 1 1 0.43 13 0 3 21.0 19 3 7
  Totals 2 1 1.49 23 0 4 36.1 31 7 18
Tony Barnette South Bend (A) 8 8 3.60 26 25 1 160.0 160 28 108
Pat Bresnehan Lynchburg (A) 4 3 4.18 34 0 6 60.1 54 32 63
  Altoona (AA) 1 0 4.50 3 0 0 6.0 5 2 3
  Totals 5 3 4.21 37 0 6 66.1 59 34 66
Brady Martinez Charleston (A) 3 2 3.79 43 0 0 71.1 50 36 65
Josh Perrault Potomac (A) 5 3 3.51 46 0 5 66.2 56 25 73
  Harrisburg (AA) 0 0 6.75 4 0 0 2.2 7 1 1
  Totals 5 3 3.63 50 0 5 69.1 63 26 74
Brian Flores Hudson Valley (A) 2 3 5.57 15 3 1 32.1 34 12 31
Scott Mueller Orioles (R) 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 1
  Aberdeen (A) 0 2 7.04 21 0 5 23.0 27 10 37
  Totals 0 2 6.75 22 0 5 24.0 27 10 38
Drew Bowman Billings (R) 1 5 7.19 14 14 0 51.1 78 19 41
Pat Cassa Idaho Falls (R) 2 0 3.67 20 0 1 27.0 23 9 30
Daryl Arreola Chillicothe (Frontier) 3 4 3.19 24 8 5 73.1 69 20 52

Key:
AAA- Triple A
AA- Double A
A- Single A (Hi: Fl. State League, Carolina, California or Lo: Midwest, South Atl.)
SS- Short Season A
R- Rookie
Ind.- Independent
 

Individual Awards
Tony Barnette - Midwest League Pitcher of the Week (4/30/07), Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star (6/19/07)
Tuffy Gosewisch - South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star (6/19/07)
Steve Garrabrants - California League Player of the Week (9/4/2007)
Andrew Romine - Pioneer League Player of the Week (7/16/2007)
CJ Retherford - Pioneer League Player of the Week (7/23/2007)
 

Team Titles
Boston Red Sox- AL East Division champs (Dustin Pedroia)
Nashville Sounds - PCL American North Division champs (Dennis Sarfate)
Trenton Thunder - Eastern League Champions, Eastern League Northern Division champs (Colin Curtis)
Erie SeaWolves - Eastern League Southern Division champs (Jeff Larish)
Huntsville Stars - Southern League North Division champs (Mel Stocker)
Montgomery Biscuits - Southern League Champions, Southern League South Division champs (Josh Asanovich)
Lancaster JetHawks - California League South Division champs (Steve Garrabrants)
Columbus Catfish - South Atlantic League champions (Seth Dhaenens)
Great Falls White Sox - Pioneer League North Division champs 2nd half (CJ Retherford, Joe Persichina)
Idaho Falls Chukars - Pioneer League South Division champs (Pat Cassa)
Orem Owlz - Pioneer League Champions, Pioneer League wild-card team (Andrew Romine)