Andre Ethier Named Texas League MVP

Aug. 30, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. ( -- Former Arizona State University baseball standout and current Oakland A's top prospect Andre Ethier was recently named the MVP of the Texas League.

Through 128 games, Ethier is hitting .316 (156-for-493) with 30 doubles, 18 home runs and 79 RBI for the Double-A Midland RockHounds. He ranks first in the league in runs scored (102), second in hits (156), fourth in batting (.316), fifth in doubles (30), fifth in RBI (79), sixth in on-base percentage (.385), sixth in slugging percentage (.495) and 11th in home runs (18). In addition to being named the league MVP, Ethier was also selected as the MVP of the midseason Texas League All-Star Game.

It has also been announced that Ethier will play in the Arizona Fall League for the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Ethier was a two-time, First-Team All-Pac-10 selection for the Sun Devils from 2002-03. In two seasons in the Maroon and Gold, Ethier combined to hit .371 (164-for-442) with 14 home runs and 118 RBI. He was selected by the A's in the second round of the 2003 MLB Draft.

In other news around the minor league involving former Sun Devils...

- Boston Red Sox top prospect Dustin Pedroia (2002-04) was named an All-Star in the Eastern League (Double-A) and was also voted by Baseball America as the league's top second baseman and as having the best strike zone discipline. Pedroia is currently playing with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and is hitting .263 (47-for-179) with nine doubles, one triple, five home runs and 22 RBI.

- College World Series hero Jeff Larish (2002-05) signed with the Detroit Tigers in early August and reported to the team's Gulf Coast League team. He was promoted to Oneonta in the New York-Penn League and has since gone on a home run binge. In nine games with Oneonta, Larish is hitting .290 (10-for-31) with five home runs. He also has eight walks and only two strikeouts.

- The two aces of the 2005 pitching staff, Jason Urquidez and Erik Averill, have had a solid starts to their professional careers. Urquidez, a 17th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA (13 K, 5 BB, 10.0 IP) for the Yakima Bears in the Northwest League. Averill, a 20th round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers, is 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA in six games for the GCL Tigers. He has struck out 18 and allowed only 12 hits in 22.2 innings.

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