ASU Baseball Inks 26 Players For Impressive 2004 Recruiting Class

Nov. 21, 2002

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TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) - Continuing the strongrecruiting tradition of Sun Devil Baseball, Arizona State head coachPat Murphy has announced the signing of 26 players during the NCAA'searly signing period for the 2004 season.

A year after comprising the top recruiting class in the nation, ASUonce again made a national statement signing the most players (6) ofany Division I school that were rated in Baseball America's Top 100.ASU also received commitments from the six players, including four inthe top 30, in TeamOneBaseball.com's Top 100. The class is made up of18 high school players and eight junior college transfers.

Pulling top high school players from Kansas, New York, New Mexico,Massachusetts, California, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma andArizona, 10 different states, including nine from all corners of thestate of Arizona, highlight the 26-player class. The class includesBaseball America's top ranked prospects from Washington, Virginia,Kansas and New Mexico.

'It is early to jump up and down about a recruiting class because younever know how the draft will work out, but the coaching staff andeveryone associated with Sun Devil baseball is excited about thisgroup of players. We've done a great job of identifying players thatlive up the to the high expectations, both on the field and off, ofSun Devil Baseball,' said ASU head coach Pat Murphy. 'Our staff,especially recruiting coordinator Jay Sferra and assistant coach MikeRooney deserve a lot of credit for going out and getting theseplayers.'

The class, which has already been classified as one of the best inthe nation by Baseball America and Team One, is comprised of 14pitchers, seven infielders, two outfielders, one catcher and twoutility players.

'This is another banner class for the Sun Devils. It's got a goodcross-section of premium pro prospects and players that should begood, solid college players,' said Baseball America senior editor andamateur draft guru Allan Simpson. 'Obviously, it remains to be seenhow the draft will impact everything, but there's enough depth thatit should be able to withstand a pretty good hit.'

Highlighting ASU's top high school signees are top 100 playersQuentin Andes (RHP, Albuquerque, N.M.), Jay Sborz (RHP, Great Falls,Va.), Patrick Bresnehan (RHP, Sherborn, Mass.), Colin Curtis (OF,Sammamish, Wash.), Ryan Smith (RHP, Enumclaw, Wash.), Jim West (RHP,Fort Mohave, Ariz.) and Zech Zincola (3B/RHP, San Bernadino, Calif.).

ASU's eight junior college signees include Daryl Arreola (RHP,Chandler-Gilbert CC), Josh Asanovich (INF, Central Arizona CC), ChrisCook (3B/1B, Mesa CC), Ladd Hall (RHP, Eastern Arizona CC), Ty Marotz(RHP, Mesa CC), Brandon Pinckney (INF, Sacramento City CC), JasonUrquidez (RHP, Central Arizona CC) and Tim Wood (RHP, Pima CC).


2003 Arizona State Baseball Signees
Name Pos. Hometown School
Quentin Andes RHP Albuquerque, N.M. Cibola HS
Daryl Arreola RHP Gilbert, Ariz. Chandler-Gilbert CC
Josh Asanovich INF Gold Canyon, Ariz. Central Arizona CC
Josh Blake LHP Overland Park, Kan. Blue Valley HS
Patrick Bresnehan RHP Sherborn, Mass. Dover Sherborn HS
Troy Butler RHP Page, Ariz. Page HS
Pat Cassa LHP Cypress, Calif. Kennedy HS
Chris Cook 3B/1B Mesa, Ariz. Mesa CC
Colin Curtis OF Sammamish, Wash. Issaquah HS
Ladd Hall RHP Herreford, Ariz. Eastern Arizona CC
Matthew Henne 1B Scottsdale, Ariz. Paradise Valley HS
Taylor Holiday UTL Laguna Niguel, Calif. Mission Viejo HS
Rocky Laguna INF Yuma, Ariz. Kofa HS
Ty Marotz RHP Crystal Lake, Ill. Mesa CC
Joseph Persichina INF Rolling Hills, Calif. Peninsula HS
Brandon Pinckney INF Elk Grove, Calif. Sacramento City CC
Jay Sborz RHP Great Falls, Va. Langley HS
Ryan Smith RHP Enumclaw, Wash. Enumclaw HS
Jason Urquidez RHP Simi Valley, Calif. Central Arizona CC
Brian Walker C Tulsa, Okla. Union HS
Travis Walpole LHP Manhatten Beach, Calif. Mira Costa HS
Travis Webb LHP/1B Spokane, Wash. Lewis-Clark HS
Jim West RHP Fort Mohave, Ariz. River Valley HS
Eric Williams OF Carmel, N.Y. Trinity-Pawling
Tim Wood RHP Tucson, Ariz. Pima CC
Zech Zincola 3B/RHP San Bernadino, Calif. Arlington HS

2003 Arizona State Recruiting Class Notes:

  • 26 players from 10 different states.
  • Nine (9) players from all corners of the state of Arizona.
  • Class is made up of 18 high school players and eight junior collegetransfers.
  • Six (6) players rated among top 100 by Baseball America (most amongall Division I schools)
  • Six (6) players rated among top 100 by TeamOneBaseball.com
  • Seven (7) total players rated in the top 100 nationally (BaseballAmerica or Team One)
  • Players rated as top prospects from states of Washington, NewMexico, Kansas and Virginia.
  • Class is made up of 14 pitchers, seven infielders, two outfielders,two utility players and one catcher.

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