Oct. 10, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Baseball America released its annual recruiting rankings today, and Arizona State University's 2009 class was ranked the No. 1 class in the nation.
It is the second time that ASU has had the top-ranked recruiting class in head coach Pat Murphy's tenure, with 1995 being the other class to be named No. 1 in the country.
The Sun Devils have 21 newcomers joining the team in 2009, 12 of whom have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft. The class features 15 freshmen and six junior college transfers, and three of those were named junior college All-Americans (OF/LHP Kole Calhoun, IF Jared McDonald and LHP Josh Spence).
The drafted players include:
Johnny Coy, OF/IF, 7th round, Philadelphia Phillies
Zack MacPhee, IF, 22nd round, Detroit Tigers
Josh Spence, LHP, 25th round, Arizona Diamondbacks
Zach Wilson, IF, 26th round, Pittsburgh Pirates
Brandon Magee, OF, 29th round, Tampa Bay Rays
Riccio Torrez, IF, 32nd round, Arizona Diamondbacks
Carlos Ramirez, C, 34th round, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2007 draft)
Johnny Ruettiger, OF, 35th round, Texas Rangers
Jared McDonald, IF, 40th round, Chicago Cubs
Jordan Swagerty, C/RHP, 44th round, Colorado Rockies
Abe Ruiz, IF, 47th round, San Francisco Giants
Drew Maggi, IF, 47th round, Arizona Diamondbacks