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Nick Walsh Signs As Free Agent With New York Yankees
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Release: 06/10/2004
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June 10, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State senior second baseman Nick Walsh has signed a free agent contract to play professionally with the New York Yankees. He joins six other Sun Devils from the 2004 team that were selected in the amateur draft earlier in the week: Dustin Pedroia (2nd rd., Red Sox), Josh Asanovich (11th rd., Tampa Bay), Jason Urquidez (11th rd., Reds), Jeff Larish (13th rd., Dodgers), Ladd Hall (27th rd., Expos) and Jeff Mousser (35th rd., Twins).

The fifth-year senior hit .329 (49-for-149) during the 2004 season, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors. The native of Alamo, Calif. and product of prep powerhouse De La Salle High School, hit .305 for his career with 29 doubles and 15 stolen bases. He hit .353 (24-for-68) in Pac-10 play in 2004 and over his last two seasons in conference play batted .380 (49-for-129).

A true utility player, Walsh started at five different positions during his Sun Devil career (1B, 2B, LF, RF, DH) and was known to be one of ASU's hardest working players. Walsh enjoyed two of the most memorable games of his career against Washington State. He blasted the game-winning home run in 2001 (his only home run as a Sun Devil) and went 6-for-6 with five runs scored, three doubles and seven RBI in 2003.

Walsh graduated with a degree in Sociology last December and plans to return next season as ASU's graduate assistant and pursue his master's degree. Walsh will fly to Tampa, Fla., this weekend for a four-day mini camp and will most likely be assigned to rookie ball in Tampa (Gulf Coast League) or Staten Island (New York/Penn League).

Nick Walsh Career Statistics:


Year       Avg  GP-GS    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%
2001....  .264  44-21    91   26   24   3   0   1   15   30  .330  31   5   9   2  .472   0   3   2-5     10   1   1  .917
2002....  .219  41-14    64   19   14   2   0   0    9   16  .250  20   7  12   4  .446   1   2   4-5      2   6   0 1.000
2003....  .353  56-26   119   37   42   7   1   0   23   51  .429  22   8  14   5  .483   0   3   3-5     28  15   3  .935
2004....  .329  51-43   149   31   49   7   0   0   23   56  .376  22   7  13   2  .431   3   7   6-12    86  76   5  .970
TOTAL...  .305 192-104  423  113  129  19   1   1   70  153  .362  95  27  48  13  .457   4  15  15-27   126  98   9  .961
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