Jan. 16, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In addition to being ranked No. 6 in their preseason poll, several members of the Arizona State University baseball team have earned preseason accolades by Baseball America in the publications annual preseason review of the Pac-10 Conference.
Five players, including newcomer Chris Duffy (South Mountain CC), were named to the Baseball America Preseason All-Pac-10 team. Senior catcher Casey Myers, junior starting pitcher Jon Switzer, senior closer Eric Doble, senior first baseman Jeff Phelps and center fielder Duffy, were all honored as players to watch this year in the highly competitive Pac-10. ASU, who also received a preseason billing as the second place team in the conference coaches, also earned the No. 2 spot from Baseball America.
Myers, who was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2000, was tabbed as the preseason favorite to repeat as the winner of that prestigious award. Only three players in Pac-10 history have repeated as conference player of the year, with the last being A.J. Hinch of Stanford (1995-96).
In their annual review of the best tools in the Pac-10, several Sun Devils also earned accolades from Baseball America. Switzer was picked as the fourth-best prospect in the league, while Duffy (7), Doble (9) and Myers (10) were also ranked as top-10 prospects in the Pac-10.
Myers was picked as the best pure hitter to no surprise as his .412 batting average in 2000 finished second in the league and his .380 career average is among the top-10 in school history. Duffy, who stole a nation-leading 62 bases at South Mountain CC last year, is ranked as the fastest baserunner in the league and the best defensive outfielder.