2010 (Senior): Did not pitch all season...drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
2009 (Junior): Was named the National Newcomer of the Year by Rivals.com...earned Third Team All-American honors from both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball...was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection...a Second Team All-West Region choice by the ABCA..."The Mate" had one of the best debut seasons in recent memory, turning in a 10-1 record with one save and 125 strikeouts despite missing significant time due to injury...missed 10 days in March after he was struck in the face by a line drive, then missed a month after injuring a finger on his pitching hand...returned to throw a complete game gem against Clemson to clinch a trip to the College World Series...picked up a victory in Omaha, striking out 16 in his 14 innings of work in the College World Series.
Junior College: A 2008 graduate of Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz...two-time winner of the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) player of the year award...a two-time All-American, all-district, all-region and all-conference honoree as well as a two-time JUCO Rawlings Gold Glove recipient...member of the NJCAA all-star team in 2008...finished with a 27-7 record, nine saves and a 1.40 ERA while striking out 327 batters and walking only 43 in two seasons...went 14-4 with seven saves and a 1.69 ERA as a sophomore in 2008...had 16 complete games, with eight shutouts, in 2008 season...went 13-3 with two saves and a 1.10 ERA as a freshman in 2007...part of team that won conference and region titles in 2007 and 2008, the Western District title in 2008, and finished third at the 2008 NJCAA World Series.
High School: A 2005 graduate of St. Joseph's College in Newtown, Victoria, Australia...won the Leo Turner Award, given to the best graduating athlete...Australian national MVP and Golden Arm Award winner in 2007.
MLB Draft: Selected in the 25th round (768th pick overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft...was a 3rd round pick (110th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2009 MLB Draft.
Personal: A BIS major (Education/Sociology) at ASU...parents are Tony and Debbie Spence of Grovedale, Victoria, Australia...has two siblings, Nic and Liam...chose ASU because he "always wanted to be a Sun Devil"...says Will Ferrell is his favorite actor and "Step Brothers" is his favorite movie...lists the Geelong Cats of the Australian Football League as his favorite pro sports team...born Jan. 22, 1988 in Geelong, Australia...full name is Joshua Patrick William Spence, but is known to his friends and teammates as Spencie or The Mate.
Career Pitching Stats at Arizona State:
Career Pitching Stats at Central Arizona:
Innings Pitched - 9.0, twice (last vs. Clemson in NCAA Super Regional; 6/7/09)
Hits Allowed - 9 (at Cal; 4/25/09)
Runs Allowed - 6 (at Cal; 4/25/09)
Earned Runs Allowed - 6(at Cal; 4/25/09)
Walks Allowed - 4, twice (last at Cal; 4/25/09)
Strikeouts - 14 (at Washington; 4/4/09)