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