Baseball Inks 16 Players

Nov. 17, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State head baseball coach Pat Murphy and recruiting coordinator Jay J. Sferra announced the signing of 16 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the NCAA early signing period for the 2007 season. The class is made up of 10 high school players and six junior college transfers.

Arizona State secured commitments from players from five different states, including six from Arizona. Under the direction of Sferra and assistants Tim Esmay and Jeff Mousser, the Sun Devil Baseball coaching staff assembled the class with ten pitchers (6 RHP, 4 LHP), three infielders, one outfielder, one utility player and one catcher.

'We are extremely excited about this talented group,' said Sferra. 'We have a great mix of experienced JC pitchers and very talented freshmen who can come in and have an impact right away.'

Arizona State's five in-state high school commitments include OF Mike Petello (Saguaro HS), RHP Jason Mitchell (Mountain Pointe HS), INF Raul Torrez (Brophy HS), INF Dan Duffy (Mountain Ridge HS), and OF/LHPAdam Bailey (Chaparral HS). In addition, RHP Scott Mueller is from South Mountain Community College.

ASU's 10 out-of-state signees include LHP Brian Flores, RHP Tommy Hanson, LHP Joe Hatasaki, C Robbie Alcombrack, RHP/INF Michael Leake, OF/LHP Brett Davis, RHP Justin Souza, RHP Kyle Thornton, UT Tyler Hoechlin and OF Travis Snider. They all have signed to play for the Sun Devils beginning with the 2007 season.

Pitching dominated this year's class, led by lefty Brian Flores. Flores led New Mexico Junior College to the NJCAA National Championship last season and was a 2004 draft choice of the Chicago White Sox. He went 15-1 last season, averaging 12 strikeouts per outing.

Righthander Tommie Hanson, from Riverside CC, was a 2004 pick of the Atlanta Braves, and is a cousin of current Sun Devil Zechry Zinicola.

Righty Scott Mueller, the South Mountain CC product, was a 2005 draft pick of the Diamondbacks. Mueller helped lead South Mountain CC to the NJCAA World Series.

Lefthander Brett Davis (Seward County CC) was an all-conference pitcher last season, going 8-2.

Righthander Justin Souza (Sacramento City College) is described as a 'pitcher', not just a thrower, who has a good arm.

Kyle Thornton, another righty from Cowley CC, also has a good arm with great instincts on the mound.

Michael Leake, a righthander from Fallbrook HS in San Diego, was a First Team All-CIF performer last season and is one of the top players in the San Diego area.

Lefty Joe Hatasaki, from Mountain View HS in Los Altos, Calif., is coming off Tommy John surgery and is listed as the #94 prospect by TeamOne Baseball.

Leading the charge of Arizona athletes is Adam Bailey from Chaparral HS. The lefthanded pitcher and outfielder was an all-state performer and an all-around great athlete. Outfielder Mike Petello, from Saguaro HS, is another well-tooled Arizona player who was an all-state athlete. Infielder Raul Torrez from Brophy HS is a player who will provide great leadership and character for the squad. Infielder Dan Duffy, from Mountain Ridge HS, is the brother of former Sun Devil and current Pittsburgh Pirate Chris Duffy. Jason Mitchell is a two-sport star at Mountain Pointe HS, where he plays football as well. Mitchell, a righthanded pitcher, played wide receiver, safety, and quarterback for the Pride.

One of the best position players in the country, outfielder Travis Snider, from Jackson HS in Mill Creek, Wash., is one of the top prospects in the United States. He hit .524 with six home runs last season, helping lead his team to a third-place finish in the state. Snider was ranked #26 by Team One Baseball and #41 by Baseball America.

Rounding out the signees, catcher Robbie Alcombrack, from Nevada Union CC, was an AFLAC All-American who won the AFLAC Home Run Derby over the summer. He is rated as the #89 prospect by Team One Baseball. Utility player Tyler Hoechlin, from Santiago HS in Corona, Calif., is probably best known for his role as Tom Hanks' son in the movie Road to Perdition, as well as his recurring role in the WB's Seventh Heaven.

'Talent and character is what this group of signees brings Arizona State University,' added Sferra. 'We think they will be a great addition to Sun Devil baseball both on and off the field.

The 2006 season of ASU baseball gets underway with the annual Alumni Game on January 21st at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils open the regular season with a three-game series against Cal State Northridge at Packard beginning January 27th. For more information, log on to

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