Mike Esposito To Make MLB Debut With Rockies

Sept. 19, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.thesundevils.com) -- Former Arizona State University pitcher Mike Esposito is scheduled to make his Major League debut Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. When he takes the mound, Esposito will become the 82nd all-time Sun Devil to play in a Major League game.

Esposito, who was 8-9 with a 5.49 ERA at Triple-A with the Colorado Sky Sox this season, has been with the Rockies since early September, but is not on the active roster. He is scheduled to make three big league starts in place of injured Zach Day, starting with Wednesday's start against the Padres.

'I just want to take the opportunity and compete,' Esposito told the Arizona Republic. 'I'm not going out there and say, 'I wonder if I can?' I'm going to go out and compete.'

The Las Vegas native played for the Sun Devils from 2000-02, spending most of his first year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. In two full seasons with the Devils, Esposito posted a career 15-8 record with a 3.91 ERA and 170 strikeouts. He was a member of the 2001 USA Baseball National Team and was drafted in the 12th round by the Rockies.

Esposito joins former teammate Chris Duffy (Pittsburgh Pirates) as Sun Devils who have made their MLB debuts this season. Former Sun Devils that have also played in the major leagues this season include Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants), Willie Bloomquist (Seattle Mariners), Jon Switzer (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Paul Lo Duca (Florida Marlins) and Jacob Cruz (Cincinnati Reds).

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