Five Sun Devils Selected in 2006 MLB Draft

June 7, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

Five Arizona State Sun Devils were selected during the first day of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. Junior outfielder Colin Curtis was the first Devil selected, going in the fourth round to the New York Yankees.


Since the Major League Baseball Draft began in 1965, 344 Sun Devils have heard their names called, the most by any school. In addition to the five current Sun Devils who were picked, seven of the 16 players who signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with ASU also were selected. Another, Tommy Hanson, signed with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.


Junior righty Pat Bresnehan (5th round, Pittsburgh Pirates), junior righty Zechry Zinicola (6th round, Washington Nationals), senior lefty Brett Bordes (9th round, Baltimore Orioles) and senior right hander Tony Barnette (10th round, Arizona Diamondbacks) were also selected.


Curtis (Issaquah, Wash.) started all 182 games of his Sun Devil career, batting .328 with 13 home runs and 135 RBI. He stole 50 bases, including a career high 21 in 2006. He was drafted in the 50th round by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school.


Bresnehan (Sherborn, Mass.) pitched in 71 games, starting 21 of them. He holds a career record of 11-9 with a 5.01 ERA. Bresnehan struck out 173 batters over his three seasons in 192.1 innings pitched. He was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2003 draft by the Kansas City Royals.


Zinicola (San Bernardino, Calif.) was a two-way player until his junior season, when he focused on pitching. He is third all-time in school history with 18 saves, including a freshmen record tying eight in 2004. He also hit five home runs for the Devils. In his 75 games pitched he has a record of 10-9 with a 4.34 ERA. He was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves in the 43rd round.


Bordes (Mesa, Ariz.) leaves Arizona State as the all-time leader in career appearances, pitching in 109 career games. He led the team in victories with seven in his senior season, finishing his four year run with 16 career wins in addition to nine saves.


Barnette (Federal Way, Wash.) appeared in 50 games for ASU, finishing with a 10-2 career record. He went 6-1 in his final season, leading the team with 70 strike outs. The transfer from Central Arizona struck out 123 batters in his 104.2 career innings.


The 2006 Sun Devils faced 15 players who were drafted in the first three rounds of this year's draft, including three of the first five picks. Those three were pitchers, and the Devils picked up wins against two of them (Houston's Brad Lincoln, #4 to Pittsburgh and Cal's Brandon Morrow, #5 to Seattle).


2006 Major League Draft

Player                                     Team               Round             Overall

Travis Snider, OF*                 Toronto          1st                    14th

Colin Curtis, OF                      Yankees          4th                    134th

Pat Bresnehan, RHP               Pittsburgh      5th                    140th

Zechry Zinicola, RHP             Washington  6th                    181st

Michael Leake, INF/RHP*     Oakland          7th                    218th

Robby Alcombrack, C*          Cleveland       7th                    221st

Justin Souza, RHP*                 Seattle             9th                    261st

Brett Bordes, LHP                    Baltimore        9th                    265th

Tony Barnette, RHP                Arizona           10th                  297th

Kyle Thornton, RHP*             Minnesota      31st                  936th

Dan Duffy, INF*                      Yankees           42nd                1273rd

Mike Petello, INF*                   Philadelphia    44th                 1325th
*= Signed NLI with Arizona State


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