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Baseball Alumni Have Strong Showing During 2006 Season
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 09/21/2006
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Sept. 21, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - With the Minor League Baseball season having come to a close, it was a very successful year for former Arizona State baseball players. 44 former Sun Devils shined during the 2006 minor league season and seven former Devils helped lead their respective teams to League titles. Three members of the 2006 Sun Devils found themselves on title teams, led by Colin Curtis, who helped the Staten Island Yankees claim the New York/Penn League championship, and Tony Barnette, who won six games for the Pioneer League champion Missoula Osprey. Daryl Arreola also made one appearance and picked up a win for the eventual Pacific Coast League and Triple A Champion Tucson Sidewinders.

Erik Averill, who pitched for ASU from 2003 to 2005, helped lead the West Michigan Whitecaps to the Midwest League title, and Jeremy West, who was a Devil from 2001 to 2003, was on the Eastern League champion Portland Sea Dogs.

Ben Thurmond, a Sun Devil in 2003, helped the Reno Silver Sox to the independent Golden League's championship. Scott Goodman, who was on the 1999 Sun Devils, played for the independent Northern League's champion, the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

Travis Buck (2003-05) hit a combined .320 with Stockton (A) and Midland (AA), collecting 50 extra base hits. The first round pick of the Oakland A's in 2005 also appeared in the Future's Game at All-Star Weekend in Pittsburgh.

Tuffy Gosewisch (2002-05), playing for the Philadelphia Phillies single A affiliate Clearwater, was named as the Best Defensive Catcher in the Florida State League by Baseball America.

Jeff Larish (2002-05) was among the Florida State League's leaders in home runs, belting 18 for the Lakeland Tigers.

Pat Bresnehan (2004-06) was named the Williamsport Crosscutters Pitcher of the Year. Bresnehan was the fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in June. Another member of the 2006 Sun Devils, Zechry Zinicola, moved quickly through the Washington Nationals farm system. Zinicola, who was a sixth round pick in June, began his career at short-season Vermont before being promoted all the way up to Double A Harrisburg. He allowed six earned runs in 27 total appearances, finishing the year with a 4-1 record and 12 saves.

In addition to the minor league success, four Sun Devils made their Major League debuts in 2006, bringing the total number of Devils currently in the Majors to nine and the overall number of Major League Sun Devils to 86. Ian Kinsler (Texas Rangers), Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers), Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox) and Dennis Sarfate (Milwaukee Brewers) all made their big league debuts, joining Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants), Willie Bloomquist (Seattle Mariners), Chris Duffy (Pittsburgh Pirates), Jon Switzer (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and Paul Lo Duca (New York Mets) in the Majors. Lo Duca's Mets have already clinched their first National League East title since 1988 and will be in the postseason for the first time since 2000. He made his fourth All-Star appearance in 2006, starting for the National League at Catcher. Ethier's Dodgers and Bonds' Giants also are in contention for a berth in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Battings Statistics

Player Name Years at ASU Affiliate Team League Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
Rod Allen 2001-03 Chicago (AL) Winston-Salem Carolina A .253 75 221 27 56 9 0 3 27 74 9 43 4 6 .288 .335 .622
Josh Asanovich 2004 Tampa Bay Visalia California A .293 107 406 66 119 27 2 5 58 165 48 63 16 4 .371 .406 .777
Travis Buck 2003-05 Oakland Stockton California A .349 34 126 24 44 7 3 3 26 76 14 18 2 1 .400 .603 1.003
      Midland Texas AA .302 50 212 32 64 22 1 4 22 100 22 39 9 1 .376 .472 .847
        Totals   .320 84 338 56 108 39 4 7 48 176 36 57 11 2 .385 .521 .906
Nick Cadena 2002-04 Texas Spokane Northwest SS .259 54 189 31 49 16 1 3 26 76 23 49 3 5 .352 .402 .754
Brooks Conrad 1999-2001 Houston Round Rock Pacific Coast AAA .267 138 532 100 142 40 15 24 94 284 54 135 15 6 .334 .534 .868
Chris Cook 2004 Colorado Asheville South Atlantic A .255 83 274 36 70 15 0 7 44 106 31 88 7 2 .340 .387 .727
Jacob Cruz 1992-94 Cincinnati Louisville International AAA .250 3 12 1 3 0 0 1 3 6 0 2 0 0 .250 .500 .750
    New York (NL) Norfolk International AAA .290 55 145 18 42 16 0 0 17 58 22 31 0 0 .383 .400 .783
        Totals   .287 58 157 19 45 16 0 1 20 64 22 33 0 0 .374 .408 .782
Colin Curtis# 2004-06 New York (AL) Staten Is. New York/Penn SS .302 44 159 25 48 9 2 1 18 64 12 19 4 5 .362 .403 .764
    Yankees   Gulf Coast R .500 3 8 3 4 2 0 1 4 9 1 0 1 0 .600 1.1251 .725
      Totals     .311 47 167 28 52 11 2 2 22 73 13 19 5 5 .374 .437 .811
D. Delucchi 1997-99 San Diego Portland Pacific Coast AAA .216 14 37 1 8 2 0 0 4 10 4 8 0 0 .310 .270 .580
      Mobile Southern AA .244 53 160 19 39 5 0 0 9 44 25 28 3 2 .353 .275 .628
        Totals   .239 67 197 20 47 7 0 0 13 54 29 36 3 2 .345 .274 .619
Seth Dhaenens 2004-06 Tampa Bay Princeton Appalachian R .233 50 172 19 40 2 1 0 24 44 16 32 5 8 .304 .256 .559
      Hudson Valley New York/Penn SS .000 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
        Totals   .225 52 178 19 40 2 1 0 24 44 16 33 5 8 .294 .247 .542
Chris Duffy* 2001 Pittsburgh Indianapolis International AAA .349 26 106 18 37 7 2 2 19 54 10 13 13 3 .415 .509 .925
Jeff Duncan 1999-2000 Los Angeles Las Vegas Pacific Coast AAA .299 89 278 53 83 10 2 6 26 115 32 55 21 7 .384 .414 .798
Andre Ethier* 2002-03 Los Angeles Las Vegas Pacific Coast AAA .349 25 86 15 30 4 3 1 12 43 14 16 2 1 .447 .500 .947
Sergio Garcia 2002 Los Angeles Jacksonville Southern AA .217 45 138 18 30 10 0 0 15 40 15 20 0 2 .288 .290 .578
      Las Vegas Pacific Coast AAA .328 71 247 54 81 15 0 8 37 120 28 29 7 0 .404 .486 .890
        Totals   .288 116 385 72 111 25 0 8 52 160 43 49 7 2 .363 .416 .779
S. Garrabrants 2001-03 Arizona Tennessee Southern AA .220 105 241 28 53 8 0 3 26 70 30 59 4 4 .324 .290 .614
T. Gosewisch 2002-05 Philadelphia Clearwater Florida State A .252 95 305 32 77 14 0 9 39 118 24 55 1 0 .318 .387 .704
Joey Hooft 2005 Texas Clinton Midwest A .000 4 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .000 .000 .000
      Bakersfield California A .093 13 43 4 4 1 0 0 3 5 6 8 0 1 .216 .116 .332
      Rangers Arizona R .290 11 31 0 9 2 0 0 5 11 1 6 2 2 .313 .355 .667
      Spokane Northwest SS .188 34 112 11 21 3 0 1 13 27 9 19 1 5 .254 .241 .495
        Totals   .170 62 200 15 34 6 0 1 21 43 16 35 4 8 .238 .215 .453
Mitch Jones 1999-2000 New York (AL) Columbus International AAA .234 121 441 56 103 27 2 21 78 197 51 145 4 3 .318 .447 .765
Ian Kinsler* 2002 Texas Oklahoma Pacific Coast AAA .256 10 39 7 10 3 0 2 6 19 2 5 1 1 .293 .487 .780
Jeff Larish 2002-05 Detroit Lakeland Florida State A .258 135 457 76 118 34 2 18 65 210 81 101 9 7 .379 .460 .838
Casey Myers 1998-2001 Oakland Vancouver Northwest SS .229 17 48 2 11 4 0 0 6 15 6 3 0 0 .321 .313 .634
      Midland Texas AA .310 24 87 12 27 4 0 1 14 34 19 9 0 0 .427 .391 .818
        Totals   .281 41 135 14 38 8 0 1 20 49 25 12 0 0 .392 .363 .755
D. Pedroia* 2002-04 Boston Pawtucket International AAA .305 111 423 55 129 30 3 5 50 180 48 27 1 4 .384 .426 .810
Jeremy West# 2001-03 Boston Portland Eastern AA .269 124 450 64 121 32 1 13 66 194 41 64 1 3 .342 .431 .773
Scott Goodman# 1999 Independent Fargo Northern IND .242 17 62 5 15 2 0 2 5 NA 5 9 1 0 .371 .314 .685
    Independent San Diego Golden IND .285 65 249 41 71 NA NA 10 49 NA NA NA NA NA .397 .462 .859
Dan Meier 1998 Independent Sioux City American Assoc IND .241 67 253 34 61 13 1 5 38 NA 32 30 0 2 .325 .360 .685
Doug Schutt 2002 Independent Windy City Frontier IND .271 89 340 64 92 8 4 5 33 NA 54 39 56 17 .368 .362 .730
Mel Stocker 2000-01 Independent Long Island Atlantic IND .305 103 420 82 128 19 8 3 37 NA 34 49 54 8 .364 .410 .774

Pitchings Statistics

Pitcher Name Years at ASU Affiliate Team League Class W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
Daryl Arreola# 2006 Arizona Tucson Pacific Coast AAA 1 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3.00 .100
      Yakima Northwest SS 2 1 1.85 17 0 0 0 0 24.1 19 7 5 0 8 17 1.80 .211
        Totals   3 1 1.65 18 0 0 0 0 27.1 20 7 5 0 9 18 1.91 .200
Erik Averill 2003-05 Detroit W. Michigan Midwest A 9 8 3.73 28 28 0 0 0 171.1 171 89 71 12 48 111 0.83 .261
Tony Barnette# 2005-06 Arizona Missoula Pioneer SS 6 4 3.89 15 15 0 0 0 76.1 81 41 33 9 20 74 0.81 .265
Brett Bordes 2003-06 Baltimore Aberdeen New York/Penn SS 3 1 1.96 29 0 0 0 5 36.2 18 8 8 0 18 30 3.71 .146
Pat Bresnehan 2004-06 Pittsburgh Williamsport New York/Penn SS 4 5 2.25 15 10 0 0 0 68.0 50 21 17 3 17 59 1.62 .201
Mike Esposito 2000-02 Colorado Col. Springs Pacific Coast AAA 6 13 6.67 27 26 0 0 0 140.1 187 109 104 20 45 91 1.40 .318
Brady Martinez 2006 New York (AL) Yankees Gulf Coast R 0 1 3.00 11 0 0 0 0 12.0 17 5 4 0 2 10 1.78 .340
Josh Perrault 2002-03 Washington Savannah South Atlantic A 0 0 3.74 33 0 0 0 4 45.2 41 21 19 3 9 42 1.67 .230
      Potomac Carolina A 2 0 1.02 14 0 0 0 3 17.2 14 2 2 1 9 14 0.68 .219
        Totals   2 0 2.98 47 0 0 0 7 63.1 55 23 21 4 18 56 1.29 .227
D. Sarfate* 2000 Milwaukee Nashville Pacific Coast AAA 10 7 3.67 34 21 0 0 0 125.0 125 63 51 7 78 117 1.12 .265
Ryan Schroyer 2001-03 Boston Pawtucket International AAA 0 0 6.00 4 0 0 0 1 9.0 12 7 6 0 4 7 0.90 .324
      Wilmington Carolina A 1 5 4.80 31 0 0 0 1 50.2 52 28 27 2 20 49 1.27 .265
        Totals   1 5 4.98 35 0 0 0 2 59.2 64 35 33 2 24 56 1.20 .275
Jon Switzer* 1999-2001 Tampa Bay Durham International AAA 3 0 0.87 26 0 0 0 3 31.0 22 4 3 1 13 29 0.78 .191
Beau Vaughan 2003 Boston Wilmington Carolina A 3 5 3.72 43 0 0 0 0 65.1 71 30 27 2 20 60 1.25 .273
Zech Zinicola 2004-06 Washington Vermont New York/Penn SS 0 0 0.00 8 0 0 0 4 9.0 6 0 0 0 1 10 0.89 .182
      Potomac Carolina A 3 0 1.98 9 0 0 0 3 13.2 11 3 3 0 3 13 2.86 .229
      Harrisburg Eastern AA 1 1 2.70 10 0 0 0 5 10.0 11 6 3 0 11 8 1.20 .256
        Totals   4 1 1.65 27 0 0 0 12 32.2 22 9 6 0 15 31 1.54 .226
Bryce Kartler 2000-03 Independent Nashua Can-Am IND 0 0 5.00 10 0 0 0 0 9.0 7 9 5 2 4 10 NA NA
R. McClellan 2002-03 Independent Traverse City Frontier IND 8 5 3.31 18 17 2 1 0 100.2 85 45 37 6 30 80 NA .232
Andy Torres 2001 Independent El Paso American Assoc IND 9 5 4.38 18 18 1 0 0 115.0 153 70 56 8 27 59 NA .322
Ben Thurmond# 2003 Independent Reno Golden IND 8 4 3.43 NA NA NA NA NA 100 101 NA NA NA 21 83 NA NA

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
*- Indicates Major League Playing Time in 2006
#- Indicates team won league championship in 2006
 

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