Dustin Pedroia Goes 4-for-4 In Professional Debut
July 20, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Former Arizona State All-American shortstop Dustin Pedroia went 4-for-4 with a walk and run scored in his professional debut Monday night with the Augusta GreenJackets in the Single-A South Atlantic League.
Drafted in the second round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft, Pedroia made his pro debut nearly a week after signing with the Red Sox. Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.) had four singles and scored a run while batting in the No. 2 position in leading the GreenJackets to a 6-4 victory over Asheville.
Pedroia hit .393 (96-for-244) with 24 doubles, nine home runs and 49 RBI while being named a consensus All-American in 2004. He ended his ASU career ranked seventh in the record books with a .384 batting average (298-for-777) with 71 doubles, 14 home runs and 146 RBI. He played and started all 185 games of his ASU career and became only the fourth player in ASU history to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors in three straight years. Pedroia was one of five finalists for the 2004 Golden Spikes Award.
2004 Awards and Honors:* Golden Spikes Award Finalist.* Second-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox (65th overall).* First-Team All-Pac-10.* Dick Howser Award Semifinalist.* Baseball America First-Team All-American.* ESPN/Sports Weekly First-Team All-American.* NCBWA First-Team All-American.* Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American.* CollegeBaseballInsider.com Second-Team All-American.* ABCA Second-Team All-American.* NCAA Fullerton Regional All-Tournament team.* Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 24)* No. 53 prospect for 2004 draft (Baseball America).* Midseason All-American/top junior (Baseball America).* Preseason Pac-10 Player of the Year (Baseball America).* First-Team Preseason All-American (Collegiate Baseball/NCBWA).* Surprise Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament Team.
Pedroia's Career Statistics:Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT2002.... .347 58-58 236 51 82 13 2 1 45 24 19 5-92003.... .404 68-68 297 83 120 34 3 4 52 36 13 3-72004.... .393 59-59 244 78 96 24 1 9 49 48 15 9-14TOTAL... .384 185-185 777 212 298 71 6 14 146 108 47 17-30
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