Baseball Alumni Have Strong Showing During 2006 Season

Sept. 21, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - With the Minor League Baseball season having come to a close, it was a very successful year for former Arizona State baseball players. 44 former Sun Devils shined during the 2006 minor league season and seven former Devils helped lead their respective teams to League titles. Three members of the 2006 Sun Devils found themselves on title teams, led by Colin Curtis, who helped the Staten Island Yankees claim the New York/Penn League championship, and Tony Barnette, who won six games for the Pioneer League champion Missoula Osprey. Daryl Arreola also made one appearance and picked up a win for the eventual Pacific Coast League and Triple A Champion Tucson Sidewinders.

Erik Averill, who pitched for ASU from 2003 to 2005, helped lead the West Michigan Whitecaps to the Midwest League title, and Jeremy West, who was a Devil from 2001 to 2003, was on the Eastern League champion Portland Sea Dogs.

Ben Thurmond, a Sun Devil in 2003, helped the Reno Silver Sox to the independent Golden League's championship. Scott Goodman, who was on the 1999 Sun Devils, played for the independent Northern League's champion, the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

Travis Buck (2003-05) hit a combined .320 with Stockton (A) and Midland (AA), collecting 50 extra base hits. The first round pick of the Oakland A's in 2005 also appeared in the Future's Game at All-Star Weekend in Pittsburgh.

Tuffy Gosewisch (2002-05), playing for the Philadelphia Phillies single A affiliate Clearwater, was named as the Best Defensive Catcher in the Florida State League by Baseball America.

Jeff Larish (2002-05) was among the Florida State League's leaders in home runs, belting 18 for the Lakeland Tigers.

Pat Bresnehan (2004-06) was named the Williamsport Crosscutters Pitcher of the Year. Bresnehan was the fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in June. Another member of the 2006 Sun Devils, Zechry Zinicola, moved quickly through the Washington Nationals farm system. Zinicola, who was a sixth round pick in June, began his career at short-season Vermont before being promoted all the way up to Double A Harrisburg. He allowed six earned runs in 27 total appearances, finishing the year with a 4-1 record and 12 saves.

In addition to the minor league success, four Sun Devils made their Major League debuts in 2006, bringing the total number of Devils currently in the Majors to nine and the overall number of Major League Sun Devils to 86. Ian Kinsler (Texas Rangers), Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers), Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox) and Dennis Sarfate (Milwaukee Brewers) all made their big league debuts, joining Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants), Willie Bloomquist (Seattle Mariners), Chris Duffy (Pittsburgh Pirates), Jon Switzer (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and Paul Lo Duca (New York Mets) in the Majors. Lo Duca's Mets have already clinched their first National League East title since 1988 and will be in the postseason for the first time since 2000. He made his fourth All-Star appearance in 2006, starting for the National League at Catcher. Ethier's Dodgers and Bonds' Giants also are in contention for a berth in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

Battings Statistics

Player NameYears at ASUAffiliateTeamLeagueClassAVGGABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSOBPSLGOPS
Rod Allen2001-03Chicago (AL)Winston-SalemCarolinaA.253752212756903277494346.288.335.622
Josh Asanovich2004Tampa BayVisaliaCaliforniaA.293107406661192725581654863164.371.406.777
Travis Buck2003-05OaklandStocktonCaliforniaA.3493412624447332676141821.400.6031.003
      MidlandTexasAA.302502123264221422100223991.376.472.847
        Totals  .32084338561083947481763657112.385.521.906
Nick Cadena2002-04TexasSpokaneNorthwestSS.25954189314916132676234935.352.402.754
Brooks Conrad1999-2001HoustonRound RockPacific CoastAAA.2671385321001424015249428454135156.334.534.868
Chris Cook2004ColoradoAshevilleSouth AtlanticA.255832743670150744106318872.340.387.727
Jacob Cruz1992-94CincinnatiLouisvilleInternationalAAA.25031213001360200.250.500.750
  New York (NL)NorfolkInternationalAAA.29055145184216001758223100.383.400.783
        Totals  .28758157194516012064223300.374.408.782
Colin Curtis#2004-06New York (AL)Staten Is.New York/Penn SS.3024415925489211864121945.362.403.764
    Yankees  Gulf CoastR.5003834201491010.6001.1251.725
      Totals    .31147167285211222273131955.374.437.811
D. Delucchi1997-99San DiegoPortlandPacific CoastAAA.2161437182004104800.310.270.580
     MobileSouthernAA.244531601939500944252832.353.275.628
       Totals  .2396719720477001354293632.345.274.619
Seth Dhaenens2004-06Tampa BayPrincetonAppalachianR.2335017219402102444163258.304.256.559
   Hudson ValleyNew York/PennSS.0002600000000100.000.000.000
       Totals  .2255217819402102444163358.294.247.542
Chris Duffy*2001PittsburghIndianapolisInternationalAAA.34926106183772219541013133.415.509.925
Jeff Duncan1999-2000Los AngelesLas VegasPacific CoastAAA.2998927853831026261153255217.384.414.798
Andre Ethier*2002-03Los AngelesLas VegasPacific CoastAAA.349258615304311243141621.447.500.947
Sergio Garcia2002Los AngelesJacksonvilleSouthernAA.21745138183010001540152002.288.290.578
      Las VegasPacific CoastAAA.328712475481150837120282970.404.486.890
        Totals  .28811638572111250852160434972.363.416.779
S. Garrabrants2001-03ArizonaTennesseeSouthernAA.22010524128538032670305944.324.290.614
T. Gosewisch2002-05PhiladelphiaClearwaterFlorida StateA.252953053277140939118245510.318.387.704
Joey Hooft2005TexasClintonMidwestA.00041400000000210.000.000.000
      BakersfieldCaliforniaA.093134344100356801.216.116.332
      RangersArizonaR.2901131092005111622.313.355.667
      SpokaneNorthwestSS.188341121121301132791915.254.241.495
        Totals  .1706220015346012143163548.238.215.453
Mitch Jones1999-2000New York (AL)ColumbusInternationalAAA.2341214415610327221781975114543.318.447.765
Ian Kinsler*2002TexasOklahomaPacific CoastAAA.25610397103026192511.293.487.780
Jeff Larish2002-05DetroitLakelandFlorida StateA.2581354577611834218652108110197.379.460.838
Casey Myers1998-2001OaklandVancouverNorthwestSS.22917482114006156300.321.313.634
      MidlandTexasAA.31024871227401143419900.427.391.818
        Totals  .2814113514388012049251200.392.363.755
D. Pedroia*2002-04BostonPawtucketInternationalAAA.30511142355129303550180482714.384.426.810
Jeremy West# 2001-03BostonPortlandEasternAA.269124450641213211366194416413.342.431.773
Scott Goodman#1999IndependentFargoNorthernIND.24217625152025NA5910.371.314.685
    IndependentSan DiegoGoldenIND.285652494171NANA1049NANANANANA.397.462.859
Dan Meier1998IndependentSioux CityAmerican AssocIND.241672533461131538NA323002.325.360.685
Doug Schutt2002IndependentWindy CityFrontierIND.27189340649284533NA54395617.368.362.730
Mel Stocker2000-01IndependentLong IslandAtlanticIND.30510342082128198337NA3449548.364.410.774

Pitchings Statistics

Pitcher NameYears at ASUAffiliateTeamLeagueClassWLERAGGSCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBSOGO/AOAVG
Daryl Arreola#2006ArizonaTucsonPacific CoastAAA100.00100003.01000113.00.100
   YakimaNorthwestSS211.8517000024.1197508171.80.211
    Totals 311.6518000027.1207509181.91.200
Erik Averill2003-05DetroitW. MichiganMidwestA983.732828000171.1171897112481110.83.261
Tony Barnette#2005-06ArizonaMissoulaPioneerSS643.89151500076.1814133920740.81.265
Brett Bordes2003-06BaltimoreAberdeenNew York/PennSS311.9629000536.21888018303.71.146
Pat Bresnehan2004-06PittsburghWilliamsportNew York/PennSS452.25151000068.0502117317591.62.201
Mike Esposito2000-02ColoradoCol. SpringsPacific CoastAAA6136.672726000140.11871091042045911.40.318
Brady Martinez2006New York (AL)YankeesGulf CoastR013.0011000012.0175402101.78.340
Josh Perrault2002-03WashingtonSavannahSouth AtlanticA003.7433000445.241211939421.67.230
   PotomacCarolinaA201.0214000317.2142219140.68.219
    Totals 202.9847000763.1552321418561.29.227
D. Sarfate*2000MilwaukeeNashvillePacific CoastAAA1073.673421000125.012563517781171.12.265
Ryan Schroyer2001-03BostonPawtucketInternationalAAA006.00400019.012760470.90.324
   WilmingtonCarolinaA154.8031000150.2522827220491.27.265
    Totals 154.9835000259.2643533224561.20.275
Jon Switzer*1999-2001Tampa BayDurhamInternationalAAA300.8726000331.02243113290.78.191
Beau Vaughan2003BostonWilmingtonCarolinaA353.7243000065.1713027220601.25.273
Zech Zinicola2004-06WashingtonVermontNew York/PennSS000.00800049.060001100.89.182
   PotomacCarolinaA301.989000313.2113303132.86.229
   HarrisburgEasternAA112.7010000510.0116301181.20.256
    Totals 411.65270001232.22296015311.54.226
Bryce Kartler2000-03IndependentNashuaCan-AmIND005.001000009.07952410NANA
R. McClellan2002-03IndependentTraverse CityFrontierIND853.311817210100.285453763080NA.232
Andy Torres2001IndependentEl PasoAmerican AssocIND954.381818100115.0153705682759NA.322
Ben Thurmond#2003IndependentRenoGoldenIND843.43NANANANANA100101NANANA2183NANA

Key:
AAA- Triple A
AA- Double A
A- Single A (Hi: Fl. State League, Carolina, California or Lo: Midwest, South Atl.)
SS- Short Season A
R- Rookie
Ind.- Independent
*- Indicates Major League Playing Time in 2006
#- Indicates team won league championship in 2006
 

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