Andre Ethier Becomes ASU's 84th Major Leaguer
May 3, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Former Arizona State University baseball player Andre Ethier became the 84th all-time Sun Devil to play in Major League Baseball after the Los Angeles Dodgers called him up from Triple-A Las Vegas. Ethier made his debut in left field for the Dodgers when they took on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Tuesday night. Ethier picked up his first Major League hit in the game, doubling during the Dodgers 10-8 loss.
Ethier (Phoenix, Ariz.) was acquired by the Dodgers from the Oakland Athletics during the off-season in exchange for Milton Bradley.
'We're extremely excited for Andre,' said Head Coach Pat Murphy. 'He's moved quickly through the minor leagues and it's a testament to how much passion he has for the game of baseball. For him to make his Major League debut in his hometown of Phoenix, well that's just icing on the cake.'
Ethier hit .371 during his two seasons in Tempe (2002-03), hitting 14 home runs and knocking 118 RBI. He was a second round draft pick of the A's (62nd overall) in the 2003 Draft. He was named First Team All-Pac-10 both years he played at ASU, and was named an Honorable Mention All-American by CollegeBaseballInsider.com during his junior season.
Andre was named the Double-A Texas League's Player of the Year in 2005 after batting .319 with 18 homers, 30 doubles and 80 RBIs for the champion Midland RockHounds. He then went on to bat .366 with two homers and 21 RBIs over 82 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League, and was awarded the league's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.
Ethier came to ASU from Chandler-Gilbert CC where he was First Team All-ACCAC and an Honorable Mention JC All-American. He is a 2000 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Phoenix. His wife Maggie is an assistant coach for the Arizona State gymnastics team.