Sun Devil Baseball Players Named Top Prospects In Summer Leagues

Aug. 28, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State Baseball players Ryan Schroyer, Mark Sopko and Andre Ethier have been named top summer league prospects by Baseball America after successful seasons in the Alaskan League (Schroyer) and Northwoods League (Sopko and Ethier).

Schroyer, who helped lead the Alaska Goldpanners to the NBC World Series title, was named the No. 3 prospect in the Alaska League. Schroyer was 1-0 with six saves and a 0.00 ERA for the Goldpanners this summer. In his two seasons with ASU, he has compiled a 6-3 record. During the 2002 season, he recorded a Pac-10 best 2.37 ERA in 60.2 innings and struck out 75 batters. He was named Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week after he struck out 11 batters in his first outing of the year in 6.2 innings versus Southern Utah (2/1). He settled into the closer role later in the season, earning eight save and holding opposing batters to only a .228 average. Schroyer was named Pac-10 honorable mention as both a player and academics.

Andre Either, an outfielder playing for Rochester, was named the No. 4 prospect in the Northwoods League. Ethier hit .264 in the wood-bat league with four home runs and 34 RBI. He completed his first year as a Sun Devil he finished second on the team in hitting during his first year with a .363 average, despite a month setback with a broken thumb. His average also tied him for sixth overall in the Pac-10. He finished the 2002 season with 50 RBIs, 14 doubles, three triples and four homeruns. Either hit safely in 36 of his 48 games and recorded 19 multi-hit games, including a 4-for-5 performance against Arizona (3/23).

Also playing in the Northwoods League, Sopko, a right-handed pitcher who will be a sophomore in 2003, was named the No. 9 prospect while playing for the Madison Mallards. Regarded as having the best fastball in the league, Sopko was 3-1 with four saves and a 1.13 ERA in 16.0 innings. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, Sopko posted a 2-2 record with one save in his team-high 25 relief appearances. His 5.56 ERA did not fully reflect the exceptional job he did when inheriting base runners, allowing only 10 of his 36 to score.

Excerpt From Baseball America on Ryan Schroyer:
Released from the Team USA trials prior to trekking to Alaska, Schroyer was used as a closer by the NBC champion Goldpanners. He has the requisite makeup for the role while his fastball was clocked at 90-93 mph, and would top out at 96. He complemented it with a dynamite 12-to-6 curveball. At times, he was the most dominant pitcher in the league.

Excerpt From Baseball America on Andre Ethier:
After missing a month of the spring season with a broken right thumb, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Ethier showed little rust with an athletic frame that sprayed line drives to all fields.

Excerpt From Baseball America on Mark Sopko:
While an injury cut his season short, Sopko was around enough to show the league's best fastball, a consistent 91-92 mph offering that he also was able to spot for strikes.

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