Dec. 27, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - As we count down the final days of 2008, TheSunDevils.com and Arizona State Baseball countdown the Top 12 Sun Devil Baseball moments of 2008.
2008 was especially memorable for two former Sun Devil standouts, as both Jeff Larish and Brooks Conrad made their Major League Baseball debuts during the 2008 season. Larish debuted with the Detroit Tigers on May 30, while Conrad suited up for the Oakland Athletics on July 21.
Larish became the 89th Sun Devil to play Major League Baseball following an outstanding four-year career in Tempe. Larish hit .333, totaling 283 hits, 57 doubles and 235 RBI during his Sun Devil career. He also hit 51 home runs, second most in school history. He helped lead ASU to a 3rd place finish at the 2005 College World Series and earned All-American status and twice was named First Team All-Pac-10. He was a 5th round pick of the Tigers in 2005 after being drafted in the 32nd round out of high school. Larish appeared in 42 games for the Tigers, hitting .260 with two homers.
In becoming the 90th Sun Devil to play big league baseball, Conrad realized a lifelong dream that began in 2001 following his last season in maroon and gold. Conrad hit. 313 in Tempe, amassing 168 hits, 35 doubles, 15 homers and 130 RBI. He also stole 34 bases and was a member of the 2000 Pac-10 Championship club. He was an eighth round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2001 draft after having not been selected out of high school. He played minor league baseball for eight seasons before finally getting the call this year. He appeared in six games for the A's.
The 90 all-time Sun Devils to play Major League Baseball is the third highest total among all NCAA baseball programs. ASU trails only USC and Texas in total Major Leaguers, however ASU has only played varsity baseball since 1959, while Texas and USC have both fielded teams for over 80+ years.