Arizona State Well Represented In Professional Baseball

Oct. 15, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Led by eight former Sun Devils on major league rosters, 53 former Arizona State baseball players played in professional baseball in 2003.

Bonds Has Another Solid Season: Former Devil Barry Bonds (1983-85) continues to make a case as the greatest baseball player of all-time after another solid season in 2003. Bonds helped lead the Giants to the National League West pennant by hitting .341 (133-for-390) with 22 doubles, 45 home runs and 90 RBI. He was named to the all-star team for the 12th time and is looking to win his sixth MVP award.

Duncan and Switzer Make Their Debuts: Former Devils Jeff Duncan (1999-2000) and Jon Switzer (1999-2001) became the 78th and 79th Sun Devils to appear in the major leagues. Duncan hit .194 (27-for-139) for the New York Mets with one home run. He also played at Double-A Binghamton (.288-4 HR-23 RBI) and Triple-A Norfolk (.267-2-4). Switzer made his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Aug. 2 against the Kansas City Royals. The left-hander went 0-0 for the Devil Rays with a 7.45 ERA in five appearances. He was selected to the Southern League All-Star team while playing at Orlando (8-8, 3.43 ERA) and was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA for Triple-A Durham.

Bloomquist Spends First Full Season With Seattle: Willie Bloomquist (1997-99) started his major league career with a bang in 2002, hitting .455 in 12 games with the Seattle Mariners. He spent the entire 2003 season with the Mariners as a utility player, hitting .250 (49-for-196) with seven doubles, two triples and one home run. The 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year hit .394 for his career as a Sun Devil.

Lo Duca Makes All-Star Team: Los Angeles Dodger catcher Paul Lo Duca made his first all-star game when it was played in Chicago's Cellular Field at Comisky Park. Lo Duca hit .273 for the Dodgers in 2003 with 34 doubles and seven home runs. He played one year at ASU in 1993, earning Sporting News National Player of the Year honors. He holds the ASU single-season records for hits (129) and batting average (.446).

15 Former Devils Make Professional Debuts: Led by an NCAA high 12 players that were selected in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, 15 former Sun Devils made their professional debuts in 2003. Several players wasted little time making a name for themselves in the professional ranks. Andre Ethier, a two-time All-Pac-10 outfielder in 2002-03, was drafted in the second round by the Oakland Athletics. After starting at rookie level Vancouver (.390-1-7), he was promoted to Single-A Kane County in the Midwest League. Robbie McClellan (2002-03) was 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA and one save for the AZL Royals and earned a promotion to Wilmington for the playoffs. Steve Garrabrants (2001-03) led the Northwest League with 30 stolen bases while playing for the Yakima Bears. Garrabrants was a ninth-round draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Below is a complete statistical look at how all of the former ASU player fared in professional baseball in 2003:

Sun Devils in the Majors (8)
Player MLB Team W-L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
Sean Lowe, RHP Kansas City Royals 1-1 6.25 28 0 44.2 55 21 28
Gabe Molina, RHP St. Louis Cardinals 0-0 13.50 3 0 2.2 5 1 1
Jon Switzer, LHP Tampa Bay Devil Rays 0-0 7.45 5 0 9.2 13 3 7
Player, Pos. MLB Team Avg. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Willie Bloomquist, UTL Seattle Mariners .250 196 30 49 7 2 1 14
Barry Bonds, LF San Francisco Giants .341 390 111 133 22 1 45 90
Jeff Duncan, OF New York Mets .194 139 13 27 0 2 1 10
Paul Lo Duca, C Los Angeles Dodgers .273 568 64 155 34 2 7 52
Fernando Vi�a, 2B St. Louis Cardinals .251 259 35 65 14 4 4 23

Sun Devils in the Minors (49)
Player Team (Class) W-L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
Carlos Arguello Gateway (Independent) 0-0 7.71 3 0 2.1 3 6 2
Ryan Coffin* South Bend (A, Diamondbacks) 3-9 4.18 29 0 116.1 120 37 58
Chuck Crumpton Edmonton (AAA, Expos) 2-1 4.79 19 4 47.0 42 21 19
Harrisburg (AA, Expos) 4-6 3.57 26 3 63.0 72 24 30
Mike Esposito Visalia (A, Rockies) 12-6 3.75 27 0 161.0 173 55 116
Jason Fingers AZL Royals (A, Royals) 0-0 6.00 2 0 3.0 2 1 1
Bryce Kartler Staten Island (R, Yankees) 0-3 5.89 14 1 18.1 20 11 19
Jered Liebeck Missoula (R, Diamondbacks) 0-0 3.38 5 0 8.0 10 3 11
Yakima (R, Diamondbacks) 5-3 2.95 12 0 64.0 57 11 50
Robbie McClellan AZL Royals (R, Royals) 4-3 4.00 18 1 45.0 44 7 51
Wilmington (A, Royals) 0-0 0.00 1 1 1.0 1 0 1
Ryan Mills Rochester (AAA, Twins) 5-1 4.11 32 0 61.1 62 31 51
Gabe Molina Memphis (AAA, Cardinals) 2-9 5.09 57 9 63.2 73 31 47
Chad Pennington* River City (Independent) 1-0 5.09 10 0 17.2 22 5 20
Josh Perrault Missoula (R, Diamondbacks) 3-1 3.47 24 2 36.1 38 11 33
Franco Pezely* Clinton (A, Rangers) 4-4 3.16 44 8 62.2 64 19 51
Dennis Sarfate* Beloit (A, Brewers) 12-2 2.84 26 0 139.2 114 66 140
Mark Sopko Auburn (R, Blue Jays) 3-0 2.10 18 0 34.1 20 14 29
Jon Switzer Orlando (AA, Devil Rays) 8-8 3.43 22 0 126.0 117 32 100
Durham (AAA, Devil Rays) 1-0 1.80 1 0 5.0 6 0 3
Andy Torres* Dunedin (A, Blue Jays) 4-3 2.16 43 5 75.0 62 23 67
Ben Thurmond Salem-Keizer (R, Giants) 5-0 1.93 14 2 51.1 44 9 45
Beau Vaughan Lowell (R, Red Sox) 1-0 2.32 11 0 31.0 27 15 30
Player Team (Class) Avg. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Andrew Beinbrink Frisco (AA, Rangers) .266 451 67 120 24 1 10 65
Cesar Castillo Bristol (A, White Sox) .222 99 10 22 4 0 1 8
Mike Collins Jacksonville (AA, Dodgers) .237 279 19 66 5 0 0 24
Brooks Conrad Salem (A, Astros) .284 345 50 98 24 3 11 61
Jacob Cruz Louisville (AAA, Reds) .348 132 25 46 8 0 7 29
Dustin Delucchi Inland Empire (A, Mariners) .327 312 61 102 19 5 3 32
Jeff Duncan Binghamton (AA, Mets) .288 278 49 80 11 5 4 23
Norfolk (AAA, Mets) .267 15 2 4 1 0 2 4
Chris Duffy Altoona (AA, Pirates) .273 494 84 135 23 6 1 42
Mark Ernster High Desert (A, Brewers) .288 163 28 47 12 2 2 29
Andre Ethier Vancouver (R, Athletics) .390 41 7 16 4 1 1 7
Kane County (A, Athletics) .272 162 23 44 10 0 0 11
Sergio Garcia Vero Beach (A, Dodgers) .218 188 27 41 6 0 1 19
Steve Garrabrants Yakima (R, Diamondbacks) .276 199 41 55 11 4 1 22
Scott Goodman Gary (Independent) .170 106 7 18 7 0 2 8
Mike Guerrero Missoula (R, Diamondbacks) .183 60 3 11 4 0 0 9
Mitch Jones Trenton (AA, Yankees) .242 463 76 112 18 0 23 91
Bryce Kartler Staten Island (R, Yankees) .291 110 16 32 5 2 3 10
Mike Kelly Omaha (AAA, Royals) .296 368 63 109 29 1 14 65
Ian Kinsler* Spokane (R, Rangers) .277 188 32 52 10 6 1 15
Cory Lizarraga Amarillo (Independent) .250 208 37 52 4 4 0 22
Cody McKay Indianapolis (AAA, Brewers) .232 371 32 86 15 1 6 43
Dan Meier Amarillo (Independent) .277 332 45 92 23 2 4 52
Casey Myers Modesto (A, Athletics) .301 166 21 50 5 0 1 25
Jeff Phelps Clearwater (A, Phillies) .263 297 39 78 20 1 5 33
Trent Pratt* Clearwater (A, Phillies) .217 253 31 55 13 1 0 25
Doug Schutt Rockford (Independent) .258 233 40 60 7 2 0 18
Jay Sitzman Reading (AA, Phillies) .277 249 23 69 13 0 1 9
Mel Stocker Burlington (A, Royals) .273 403 85 110 16 9 3 33
Wilmington (A, Royals) .232 56 6 13 0 1 0 8
Fernando Vi�a# Memphis (AAA, Cardinals) .176 17 1 3 0 0 0 1
Jeremy West Lowell (R, Red Sox) .280 264 32 74 17 1 4 43
Dennis Wyrick Aberdeen (R, Orioles) .234 154 14 36 6 2 0 15


* indicates did not finish college career at Arizona State.
# indicates MLB rehab assignment.

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