Pac-12, Arizona State rank high in MLB tallies
Baseball America put up an interesting post Wednesday tallying the amount of current Major League Baseball players from each conference and school. A couple tidbits of interest to Pac-12 fans:
There are currently 42 former Pac-12 ball players in the big leagues, the third most of any conference. The SEC leads all conferences with 59 current major leaguers, while the ACC comes second with 43 – just one ahead of the Pac-12.
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Arizona State, meanwhile, leads all schools with 11 players currently in the majors. California and Stanford both aren't far behind with eight current players apiece. I fact, the Sun Devils have the proud distinction of sending 102 total players to The Show, the most of any college baseball program ever.
We're not all about quantity, though. As for quality: Hard-throwing Stanford right hander Mark Appel was the top overall pick in last year's MLB draft. He looks to join UCLA's Gerrit Cole, who made his MLB debut with the Pirates last season, at the highest level. Dustin Pedroia (Arizona State) and Jacoby Ellsbury (Oregon State) were teammates on the 2013 Boston Red Sox squad that won the World Series, while Tim Lincecum (Washington) has won two Cy Young Awards pitching for the San Francisco Giants.