Several Sun Devils In Baseball America Preview Of Pac-10

Jan. 11, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. ( -- Several Arizona State baseball players were noted by Baseball America in the annual `Best Tools' survey when the publication released its annual conference preview on its website,, earlier today.

Junior outfielder Travis Buck (Richland, Wash.) was named to the preseason All-Pac-10 team and was voted as the No. 3 prospect in the league for the 2005 MLB Draft. Buck, who has was also a first-team preseason All-America selection by Baseball America, was also listed as the Pac-10's best athlete (along with Stanford's John Mayberry) and as having the best outfield arm. Buck is coming off a solid sophomore season in which he hit .373 (84-for-225) with 16 doubles, nine home runs, 58 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

Senior 3B/1B Jeff Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) was named to the preseason All-Pac-10 team as the designated hitter and was also rated as the No. 10 prospect for the 2005 MLB draft. He was also named a third-team preseason All-American. In the annual `Best Tools' survey, league coaches voted that Larish had the best strike-zone discipline. Larish is a career .337 hitter with 28 home runs, 168 RBI, 142 walks and a .463 on-base percentage. He returned for his senior season after being drafted in the 13th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in last June's MLB Amateur Draft.

Sophomore two-way player Zechry Zinicola (San Bernadino, Calif.) was voted as having the league's best fastball (along with UW closer Richie Lentz). Zinicola is slated to start at first base and close for the Sun Devils. He earned freshman All-America honors last season after going 4-2 with eight saves and a 3.36 ERA. Zinicola also hit .280 (28-for-100) with three home runs and 26 RBI.

Freshman shortstop Andrew Romine (Lake Forest, Calif.) was named the Pac-10's No. 2 newcomer. Romine, who is also ranked as the No. 4 freshman in the nation by the publication, is the son of former ASU All-American and Boston Red Sox Kevin Romine.

The Pac-10 was also awarded the No. 2 conference power ranking behind the SEC and projected the league to get five bids into the NCAA Tournament (Arizona, ASU, USC, Stanford, Washington). The Sun Devils are listed No. 9 in the Baseball America preseason top 25 and were picked third in the preseason Pac-10 poll behind nationally ranked Stanford (#6) and Washington (#8).

Arizona State opens the 2005 season with a three-game series against No. 14 Long Beach State (Jan. 28-30) at Packard Stadium. The annual alumni game is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at Packard Stadium.

Baseball America Preseason Pac-10 Poll:1.  Stanford (#6)2.  Washington (#8)3.  Arizona State (#9)4.  Arizona (#12)5.  USC (#30)6.  UCLA7.  California8.  Oregon State9.  Washington StateProjected NCAA Teams (5): Arizona, ASU, USC, Stanford, Washington

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