Former ASU Baseball Players Wrap Up Successful Pro Seasons

Oct. 1, 2007

With Major League Baseball having wrapped up their regular season and Minor League Baseball completing their postseason, it was another successful year for former Arizona State baseball players.

Barry Bonds, who wore the Maroon and Gold from 1983 to 1985, became baseball's all-time home run king, passing Hank Aaron's record of 755. Bonds finished the season with 762 career home runs. Bonds also made his 15th career All-Star appearance, earning the start for the game in San Francisco.

Leading the parade of other former Devils who had sterling seasons was Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox. The Rookie of the Year candidate, who was the 2003 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year, is readying for the MLB Playoffs with the 2007 American League East Champion Red Sox. Pedroia hit .317 during the regular season for Boston, the highest batting average by a qualifying rookie second baseman since 1913.

Eleven other former Devils were part of division or league championship teams. Andrew Romine, who was on the 2007 Sun Devils, and the Orem Owlz won the Pioneer League crown, beating out former teammates CJ Retherford and Joe Persichina of the Great Falls White Sox.

ASU saw two more baseball players begin their big league careers, as Travis Buck (Oakland) and Mel Stocker (Milwaukee) became the 87th and 88th all-time Major Leaguers in Arizona State history. Buck and Stocker were two of 10 Sun Devils in the majors, joining Bonds (San Francisco), Pedroia (Boston), Willie Bloomquist (Seattle), Chris Duffy (Pittsburgh), Andre Ethier (Los Angeles Dodgers), Ian Kinsler (Texas), Paul Lo Duca (New York Mets), Dennis Sarfate (Houston) and Jon Switzer (Tampa Bay).

MAJOR LEAGUE STATISTICS

Player			Team 			BA	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBIBarry Bonds		San Francisco Giants	.270	130	367	74	99	23	0	26	77Willie Bloomquist	Seattle Mariners	.277	91	173	28	48	3	0	2	13Travis Buck		Oakland Athletics	.288	82	285	41	82	22	5	7	34Chris Duffy		Pittsburgh Pirates	.249	70	241	31	60	11	3	3	22Andre Ethier		Los Angeles Dodgers	.284	153	447	50	127	32	2	13	64Ian Kinsler		Texas Rangers		.263	130	483	96	127	22	2	20	61Dustin Pedroia		Boston Red Sox*		.317	139	520	86	165	39	1	8	50Paul Lo Duca		New York Mets		.272	119	445	46	121	18	1	9	54Mel Stocker		Milwaukee Brewers	.000	9	3	0	0	0	0	0	0	*-Regular Season Stats

Team W L ERA G GS SV IP H BB SODennis Sarfate Houston Astros 1 0 1.08 7 0 0 8.1 5 1 14Jon Switzer TB Devil Rays 0 2 8.05 21 0 0 19.0 27 7 13

MINOR LEAGUE STATISTICS

Player			Team (Class)		BA	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBIMel Stocker		Huntsville (AA)		.255	112	267	56	68	8	10	0	23Brooks Conrad		Round Rock (AAA)	.218	139	533	85	116	36	3	22	70Mitch Jones		Las Vegas (AAA)		.303	52	185	42	56	14	1	19	60Sergio Garcia		Las Vegas (AAA)		.292	66	250	44	73	15	0	8	33Josh Asanovich		Montgomery (AA)		.242	121	401	45	97	19	1	5	34Jeff Larish		Erie (AA)		.267	132	454	71	121	25	2	28	101Casey Myers		Midland (AA)		.303	35	122	21	37	3	1	3	13Colin Curtis		Tampa (A)		.298	65	245	37	73	9	2	5	26			Trenton (AA)		.242	61	240	32	58	10	1	3	15			TOTAL			.270	126	485	69	131	19	3	8	41Rod Allen		Winston-Salem (A)	.209	76	249	23	52	11	0	4	23Seth Dhaenens		Columbus (A)		.282	65	188	18	53	10	1	0	25Tuffy Gosewich		Lakewood (A)		.224	92	339	52	76	24	2	5	45Eric Sogard		Eugene (A)		.256	31	125	20	32	9	0	2	18			Fort Wayne (A)		.253	22	83	7	21	2	0	2	15			Portland (AAA)		.000	1	3	0	0	0	0	0	0			TOTAL			.251	54	211	27	53	11	0	4	33Matt Spencer		Williamsport (A)	.263	51	179	21	47	10	0	9	26Tim Smith		Spokane (A)		.284	23	81	18	23	5	0	1	9Steve Garrabrants	Lancaster (A)		.288	37	125	32	36	8	2	9	32Andrew Romine		Orem (R)		.286	56	231	38	66	6	6	5	35CJ Retherford		Great Falls (R)		.318	61	261	53	83	30	4	13	48Joe Persichina		Great Falls (R)		.281	46	160	35	45	11	1	0	16Ben Bando		Aiken (South Coast)	.230	69	239	31	55	7	0	11	42Joey Hooft		S. Georgia (South Coast).291	71	261	51	76	15	2	0	32Scott Goodman		Orange County (Golden)	.259	72	251	43	65	14	0	13	53

                        Team (Class)		W	L	ERA	G	GS	SV	IP	H	BB	SODennis Sarfate	        Nashville (AAA)		2	7	4.52	45	1	4	61.2	61	47	68Mike Esposito	        Tulsa (AA)		0	1	1.29	1	1	0	7.0	7	3	3		        Colorado Springs (AAA)	5	5	6.05	27	11	1	102.2	134	38	49		        TOTAL			5	6	5.74	28	12	1	109.2	141	41	52Beau Vaughan	        Portland (AA)		1	3	3.34	42	0	6	59.1	52	31	64Zechry Zinicola	        Harrisburg (AA)		0	4	5.46	42	0	6	57.2	53	36	45Brett Bordes	        Delmarva (A)		3	2	3.09	32	0	2	43,2	32	37	34Jason Urquidez	        Yakima (A)		1	0	2.93	10	0	1	15.1	12	4	11		        South Bend (A)		1	1	0.43	13	0	3	21.0	19	3	7		        TOTAL			2	1	1.49	23	0	4	36.1	31	7	18Tony Barnette	        South Bend (A)		8	8	3.60	26	25	1	160.0	160	28	108Pat Bresnehan	        Lynchburg (A)		4	3	4.18	34	0	6	60.1	54	32	63		        Altoona (AA)		1	0	4.50	3	0	0	6.0	5	2	3		        TOTAL			5	3	4.21	37	0	6	66.1	59	34	66Brady Martinez	        Charleston (A)		3	2	3.79	43	0	0	71.1	50	36	65Josh Perrault	        Potomac (A)		5	3	3.51	46	0	5	66.2	56	25	73		        Harrisburg (AA)		0	0	6.75	4	0	0	2.2	7	1	1		        TOTAL			5	3	3.63	50	0	5	69.1	63	26	74Brian Flores	        Hudson Valley (A)	2	3	5.57	15	3	1	32.1	34	12	31Scott Mueller	        Orioles (R)		0	0	0.00	1	0	0	1.0	0	0	1		        Aberdeen (A)		0	2	7.04	21	0	5	23.0	27	10	37		        TOTAL			0	2	6.75	22	0	5	24.0	27	10	38Drew Bowman	        Billings (R)		1	5	7.19	14	14	0	51.1	78	19	41Pat Cassa	        Idaho Falls (R)		2	0	3.67	20	0	1	27.0	23	9	30Daryl Arreola	        Chilliclothe (Frontier)	3	4	3.19	24	8	5	73.1	69	20	52

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

Individual Awards
Tony Barnette - Midwest League Pitcher of the Week (4/30/07), Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star (6/19/07)
Tuffy Gosewich - South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star (6/19/07)
Steve Garrabrants - California League Player of the Week (9/4/2007)
Andrew Romine - Pioneer League Player of the Week (7/16/2007)
CJ Retherford - Pioneer League Player of the Week (7/23/2007)

Team Titles
Boston Red Sox- AL East Division champs (Dustin Pedroia)
Nashville Sounds - PCL American North Division champs (Dennis Sarfate)
Trenton Thunder - Eastern League Champions, Eastern League Northern Division champs (Colin Curtis)
Erie SeaWolves - Eastern League Southern Division champs (Jeff Larish)
Huntsville Stars - Southern League North Division champs (Mel Stocker)
Montgomery Biscuits - Southern League Champions, Southern League South Division champs (Josh Asanovich)
Lancaster JetHawks - California League South Division champs (Steve Garrabrants)
Columbus Catfish - South Atlantic League champions (Seth Dhaenens)
Great Falls White Sox - Pioneer League North Division champs 2nd half (CJ Retherford, Joe Persichina)
Idaho Falls Chukars - Pioneer League South Division champs (Pat Cassa)
Orem Owlz - Pioneer League Champions, Pioneer League wild-card team (Andrew Romine)

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