Four Former Stanford Baseball Players Sign Professional Contracts
June 28, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford Baseball players Scott Dragicevich, Chris O'Riordan, Dan Rich and Andy Topham have recently signed professional baseball contracts. All four were members of Stanford's 2002 senior class that became the first group of Stanford Baseball players to make four consecutive trips to the College World Series. The 2002 Stanford seniors finished as the CWS runner-up twice (2000, '01) and tied for third place in their two other CWS appearances (1999, 2002). The group also won four NCAA Regionals three NCAA Super Regionals and at least a share of two Pac-10 regular season titles, finishing with a four-year record of 198-66 (.750).
O'Riordan was an eighth round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in the 2002 MLB First-Year player draft and has been assigned to the Pulaski Rangers of the Appalachian Rookie League. He finished his career ranked among Stanford's all-time leaders in batting average (.352, 7th), doubles (49, 9th-T) and hits (262, 10th), while adding 25 homers, 149 RBI and 30 stolen bases. O'Riordan earned First Team All-American honors in his junior season (.359, 12 HR, 68 RBI, 16 SB) and was named First Team All-Pac-10 as both a junior and senior (.332, 10 HR, 47 RBI, 7 SB).
Topham was selected in the ninth round by the Houston Astros in June 2002 and has been assigned to the Short Season Single-A Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. Topham solidified Stanford's defense in his senior campaign after moving to shortstop and started the team's last 34 games at the position. He finished his collegiate career with a .288 batting average, 18 homers, 121 RBI and 24 stolen bases.
Dragicevich was chosen in the 36th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2002 draft and has been assigned to the Medicine Hat Blue Jays of the Pioneer Rookie League. Dragicevich had his most productive collegiate offensive season as a senior, hitting .350 with five homers, 35 RBI and three stolen bases. His final collegiate career numbers included a .315 batting average, 10 homers, 71 RBI and nine stolen bases. He made his pro debut on June 27 with an RBI single in his only official at bat.
Rich was never chosen in the draft but signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Indians' organization in June of 2002 and has been assigned to the Short Season Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League. Rich saved his best collegiate season for his senior year when he developed into Stanford's top reliever, finishing the campaign with a 2-2 record, a team-low 2.45 ERA and six saves, including a perfect four-for-four in postseason save opportunities. Rich finished his career with a 5-5 record and a 3.78 ERA with 73 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. His 10.21 strikeouts per nine innings career mark ranks third all-time at Stanford.