ASU Baseball Announces Another Strong Signing Class

Nov. 21, 2003

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State baseball coach Pat Murphy announced the signing of 16 players to National Letters of Intent during the NCAA early signing period for the 2005 season. The class is made up of 12 high school players and four junior college transfers.

The class includes players from six different states, including eight from the state of Arizona. Under the direction of recruiting coordinator Jay Sferra and assistant coaches Chris Sinacori and Mike Rooney, the Sun Devil Baseball coaching staff assembled the class with seven pitchers, five infielders, two outfielders, one utility player and one catcher.

Seven of the players are listed among Baseball America's top 250 high school prospects, including two being ranked in the top 50 in the nation. Five of the players are also included on top 200 prospects list.

'This is another quality class that we are real excited about and really think they will be a great addition to the Sun Devil family,' said 10th year head coach Pat Murphy. 'We had a big freshman class come in this year, so we could be real specific with this group and feel that we got exactly what we wanted.'

Arizona State's eight in-state commitments, which include three players from 2003 state runner-up Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, are infielder Vinny Biancamano (Glendale, Ariz./Cactus HS), infielder Greg Bordes (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson HS), right-handed pitcher Kevin Dryanski (Phoenix, Ariz./Hutchinson CC), utility player Willy Fox (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain HS), outfielder Curt Miaso (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS), left-handed pitcher Josh Satow (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain HS), infielder Eric Sogard (Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird HS) and catcher Austin Stockfish (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain HS).

ASU's eight out-of-state signees include top rated prospects from Colorado, Washington, New York, California, Texas and Illinois. Right-handed pitcher Tony Barnette (Federal Way, Wash./Central Arizona College), left-handed pitcher Drew Bowman (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge HS), outfielder D.J. Butler (Benecia, Calif./Benicia HS), left-handed pitcher Keith Christensen (Brooklyn, NY/Xaverian HS), third baseman and pitcher Seth Garrison (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), right-handed pitcher Ryan Mattheus (Galt, Calif./Sac City CC), left-handed pitcher Mark Novak (Joliet, Ill./Parkland CC) and shortstop Andrew Romine (Lake Forest, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS) have all signed to play with ASU beginning with the 2005 season.

While highlighted by several top players from around the nation, the 2005 class also includes the son of a former Sun Devil All-American. Andrew Romine, a shortstop from Lake Forest, Calif., is the son of former big leaguer and two-time All-American Kevin Romine. The younger Romine is ranked as the No. 31 prospect in California and No. 201 overall by Baseball America. His father was a two-time All-American and All-Pac-10 selection in 1981 and 1982. Romine is the ASU record holder for career batting average, hitting .408 (223-for-547) in his two years as a Sun Devil. He played seven years for the Boston Red Sox.

Mattheus (pronounced Matthews) has been drafted twice by the Colorado Rockies and is regarded as one of the top junior college pitchers in the nation. He was 5-1 with one save and a 3.66 ERA for Sac City in 2003. He struck out 79 in 78.2 IP and entered last year's draft as one of the top prospects in Northern California.

2004 Arizona State Baseball Signees:
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. B/T Hometown (High School/College)
Tony Barnette RHP 6-2 175 R/R Federal Way, Wash. (Jefferson/Central Arizona CC)
Vinny Biancamano INF 5-11 180 R/R Glendale, Ariz. (Cactus)
Greg Bordes INF 5-8 140 R/R Mesa, Ariz. (Dobson)
Drew Bowman LHP 6-3 175 R/L Morrison, Colo. (Dakota Ridge)
D.J. Butler OF 6-1 190 L/R Benicia, Calif. (Benicia)
Keith Christensen LHP 6-0 175 L/L Brooklyn, N.Y. (Xaverian)
Kevin Dryanski RHP 6-2 210 R/R Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe HS/Hutchinson CC)
Willy Fox UTL 5-11 180 R/R Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)
Seth Garrison 3B/P 6-4 200 B/R Coppell, Texas (Coppell)
Ryan Mattheus RHP 6-3 215 R/R Galt, Calif. (Galt/Sac City CC)
Curt Miaso OF 6-2 185 R/R Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)
Mark Novak LHP 6-0 190 L/L Joliet, Ill. (Joliet Township/Mesa CC/Parkland CC)
Andrew Romine SS 6-0 180 B/R Lake Forest, Calif. (Trabuco Hills)
Josh Satow LHP 5-9 160 L/L Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)
Eric Sogard INF 5-10 180 R/R Phoenix, Ariz. (Thunderbird)
Austin Stockfish C 6-0 160 B/R Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)

2004 Arizona State Recruiting Class Notes:

  • 16 players from six different states (Washington, Arizona, Colorado, California, New York, Illinois)
  • Eight (8) players from the state of Arizona, including three from Desert Mountain High School.
  • Class is made up of 12 high school players and four junior college transfers.
  • Players rated as top 10 prospects from states of Texas, Arizona, New York and Colorado.
  • Seven (7) players listed in Baseball America's top 250 high school prospects and two listed among top 50.
  • Five (5) players rated among top 200 by
  • Four (4) total players rated in the top 100 nationally (Baseball America or TeamOneBaseball)
  • Class is made up of seven (7) pitchers, five (5) infielders, two outfielders, one utility player and one catcher.
  • Each of ASU's last six recruiting classes has been ranked in the top 12 nationally.

Recruit National Rankings:
Biancamano: Baseball America: (204 overall, 5 in Arizona)
Bowman: Baseball America: (46 overall, 1 in Colorado) -- TeamOneBaseball: (14)
Butler: Baseball America: (219 overall, 34 in California) -- TeamOneBaseball (79)
Christensen: Baseball America: (381 overall, 8 in New York)
Romine: Baseball America: (201 overall, 31 in California) -- TeamOneBaseball (82)
Miaso: Baseball America: (185 overall, 3 in Arizona)
Fox: Baseball America: (15 in Arizona)
Sogard: Baseball America: (16 in Arizona)
Garrison: Baseball America: (50 overall, 8 in Texas) -- TeamOneBaseball (197)

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