Three Former Sun Devils To Play in Arizona Fall League

Sept. 30, 2004

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    TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Three former Arizona State Sun Devil baseball players will be playing in the Arizona Fall League when the 2004 season opens next Tuesday around the Valley.

    Outfielder Mitch Jones (1999-2000) will be playing with the Grand Canyon Rafters, infielder Ian Kinsler (2002) with the Peoria Saguaros and shortstop Dustin Pedroia (2002-04) with the Scottsdale Scorpions. Pedroia is currently listed as a taxi squad player, meaning he can only play on Wednesday's and Saturday's.

    Pedroia was the first pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft (2nd round, 65th overall). After starting with Augusta in the South Atlantic League, he quickly moved up to the Sarasota Red Sox in the Florida State League. He hit .400 (20-for-50) with five doubles and a home run for Augusta and hit .336 (36-for-107) with eight doubles, three triples and two home runs for Sarasota. In 42 games split between both teams, Pedroia combined to hit .357 (56-for-157) with 13 doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI. He did not make an error in his 42 starts at shortstop. 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 Sun Devil career and became only the fourth player in ASU history to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors in three straight seasons. Pedroia was one of five finalists for the 2004 Golden Spikes Award and was a two-time member of the USA Baseball National Team.

    Jones is coming off a successful season with the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Jones, who set ASU's single-season home run record with 27 in 2000, finished third in the minor leagues and first in the Eastern League with 39 home runs. He was named a midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star and won the leagues annual home run hitting contest. In addition to leading the league in home runs, he also finished first in extra base hits (68), third in RBI (97) and second in runs scored (92). In two seasons with the Sun Devils, Jones hit .348 (141-for-405) with 38 home runs (7th in ASU history) and 131 RBI.

    Kinsler played one year for the Sun Devils in 2002 before transferring to Missouri due to the emergence of eventual All-American shortstop Pedroia. After transferring to Missouri, Kinsler was drafted in the 17th round by the Texas Rangers. He had a breakthrough season, hitting .345 combined between Single-A Clinton and Double-A Frisco with 20 home runs and a minor league leading 51 doubles.


    Dustin Pedroia - Augusta (A), Sarasota (A) -- Boston Red Sox

    AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HP BB IB SO SB CS DP SLG OBP 1B 2B 3B SS OF C EPedroia, Dustin (S) .336 30 107 23 36 56 8 3 2 14 1 3 4 13 0 4 0 2 3 .523 .417 0 0 0 30 0 0 0Pedroia, Dustin (A) .400 12 50 11 20 28 5 0 1 5 0 0 1 6 0 3 2 0 1 .560 .474 0 0 0 12 0 0 0

    Mitch Jones - Trenton Thunder (AA) -- New York Yankees

    AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HP BB IB SO SB CS DP SLG OBP 1B 2B 3B SS OF C EJones, Mitch .246 137 496 92 122 272 25 4 39 97 0 5 4 64 4 152 8 1 6 .548 .334 21 0 0 0 119 0 7

    Ian Kinsler - Clinton Lumber Kings (A), Frisco Roughriders (AA) -- Texas Rangers

    AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HP BB IB SO SB CS DP SLG OBP 1B 2B 3B SS OF C EKinsler, Ian (AA) .300 71 277 51 83 133 21 1 9 46 1 1 15 32 1 47 7 4 5 .480 .400 0 0 0 71 0 0 20Kinsler, Ian (A) .402 59 224 52 90 155 30 1 11 52 1 2 3 25 3 36 16 5 7 .692 .465 0 0 0 59 0 0 14


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