ASU Baseball Well Represented in Arizona Fall League

Oct. 3, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - When the Arizona Fall League opens their 15th season on October 10th, Arizona State University baseball will be well represented. Travis Buck, one of the top prospects in the Oakland A's system, will be playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, while Dennis Sarfate of the Milwaukee Brewers will be suiting up for the Scottsdale Scorpions. In addition, former Devil Pat Listach will be managing the Mesa Solar Sox. Buck will become the 19th Sun Devil to play in the Fall League, joining Major Leaguers Paul Lo Duca (Mets), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) and Andre Ethier (Dodgers), among others. Sarfate played for the Scorpions in 2004.

Buck, who played at ASU from 2003 to 2005, 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. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Andre Ethier, who played for the Desert Dogs last fall before making his Major League debut in 2006 and now finds himself in the National League Division Series with the Dodgers.

Sarfate, who made his Major League debut with the Brewers in September, played for the Sun Devils during the 2000 season. He appeared in eight games for the Scorpions in 2004, striking out 27 batters and allowing opponents to hit only .197 against him.

Listach played for Arizona State in 1988 before embarking on a six year big league career with the Brewers and the Cardinals. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1992. Listach just completed his first season as the manager of the AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, finishing with a 75-65 record.

SUN DEVILS IN THE ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Player

Years at ASU

Years in AFL

Willie Bloomquist

1997-99

2000

Ryan Bradley

1995-97

1999-2001

Chris Duffy

2001

2003

Andre Ethier

2002-03

2005

Mitch Jones

1999-2000

2004

Mike Kelly

1989-91

1992

Ian Kinsler

2002

2004

Paul Lo Duca

1993

1996-97, 1999

Anthony Manahan

1988-90

1993

Cody McKay

1993-96

2000

Dan McKinley

1995-97

1997-98, 2000

Ryan Mills

1996-98

2000

Blas Minor

1987-88

1992

Gabe Molina

1996

1998

Dustin Pedroia

2002-04

2004

Dennis Sarfate

2000

2004

Jay Sitzman

1997-99

2002

Jason Verdugo

1994-97

1999

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