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Sun Devil Baseball Celebrates Rich Tradition on MLB Opening Day

Apr 1, 2021

PHOENIX – As Major League Baseball celebrates Opening Day, so too does Sun Devil Baseball celebrate its great lineage of former players, coaches and staff members involved in professional baseball for the coming season.
In total, there are 34 with Sun Devils ties that will be associated with Major League Baseball this season, including five active players, four coaches and 25 involved in the front office and scouting departments. The list will continue to grow with the onset of the Minor League Season in May. 
Five former Sun Devils will find themselves on Opening Day rosters, including World Series Champion Austin Barnes for the Dodgers, Kole Calhoun and Merrill Kelly for the Diamondbacks, and Eric Sogard and Trevor Williams for the Cubs. 
Sun Devil Baseball has as rich of a MLB history as any club in the nation, leading the NCAA with 112 former players that have played at the highest stage of professional baseball.
Additionally, four with Sun Devil ties find themselves on Major League coaching staffs this year in former ASU head coach Pat Murphy (Brewers bench coach) and former players Jacob Cruz (Brewers assistant hitting coach), Dave Hudgens (Blue Jays bench coach) and Don Wakamatsu (Rangers bench coach).
There are 25 former players and coaches tied with the MLB offices, club front offices and scouting departments, including the likes of Barry Bonds (Giants Executive Office), Willie Bloomquist (Diamondbacks Executive Office), Rick Monday (Dodgers Broadcasting), Eddie Bane (Mets Scouting) and Cory Hahn (Diamondbacks Scouting).
Additionally, numerous former Sun Devil players, coaches and staff are associated with college coaching and administrations this year with 18 serving in numerous roles. 
There are also four former Sun Devils working for player agencies.

Player (5) Years at ASU Level Team
Austin Barnes - C 2009-2011 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
Kole Calhoun - OF 2009-2010 MLB Arizona Diamondbacks*
Merrill Kelly - RHP 2010 MLB Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Sogard - INF 2005-2007 MLB Chicago Cubs
Trevor Williams - RHP 2011-2013 MLB Chicago Cubs
Coach (4)
Jacob Cruz 1992-1994 MLB Milwaukee Brewers Assistant Hitting Coach
Dave Hudgens 1975-1978 MLB Toronto Blue Jays Bench Coach
Pat Murphy 1995-2009 MLB Milwaukee Brewers Bench Coach
Don Wakamatsu 1982-1985 MLB Texas Rangers Bench Coach
Name Years at ASU Club / Role
Eddie Bane^ 1971-1973 New York Mets / Scouting
Jaymie Bane 1997 New York Mets / Scouting
Willie Bloomquist 1997-1999 Arizona Diamondbacks / Executive Office
Barry Bonds 1983-1985 San Francisco Giants / Executive Office
Travis Buck 2003-2005 MLB / Partner League Coach
Kendall Carter^ 1981-1984 New York Yankees / Scouting
Chris Duffy 2001 Philadelphia Phillies / Scouting
Scott Goldby* 1991-1992 Miami Marlins / Scouting
Cory Hahn 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks / Scouting
RJ Harrison 1973-1975 Tampa Bay Rays / Scouting
Doug Henry 1983-1985 Kansas City Royals / Player Development
Kris Kline* 1987 Washington Nationals / Scouting
Steve Kmetko* 1991-1992 New York Yankees / Scouting
Ken Landreaux 1974-1976 MLB / Urban Youth Academy
Joey Lothrop* 2015-2017 Detroit Tigers / Scouting
Pat Listach 1988 Acereros de Monclova (Mexico) / Manager
Louie Medina 1984-1985 Kansas City Royals / Player Personnel
Rick Monday 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers / Broadcasting
Jeff Mousser^ 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks / Scouting
Bill Schmidt* 1985 Colorado Rockies / Scouting
Josh Spence 2009 MLB / Australian Baseball League Coach
Todd Steverson 1990-1992 Chicago White Sox / Scouting
Turtle Thomas* 2007 Texas Rangers / Player Development
Jeff Urlaub 2006-2007 Oakland Athletics / Scouting
Ric Wilson 1981 Los Angeles Angels / Scouting
Name Years at ASU College or University
Jordan Aboites 2013-2016 Cypress College (Assistant Coach)
Rudy Arguelles 1997-1998 Riverside City College (Head Coach)
Randy Betten 1994-1995 Cal Poly Pomona (Head Coach)
Nate Causey 2012-2014 University of New Mexico (Assistant Coach)
Jeff Duncan 1999-2000 Kent State University (Head Coach)
Nino Giarratano* 1997-1998 University of San Francisco (Head Coach)
Kevin Higgins 1988-1989 UNLV (Assistant Coach)
Josh Holliday* 2008-2009 Oklahoma State University (Head Coach)
Travis Jewett* 2010-2012 Tulane University (Head Coach)
Bill Kinneberg* 1992-1994 University of Utah (Head Coach)
Robbie McClellan 2002-2003 New Jersey Institute of Technology (Head Coach)
John Pawlowski* 1999 Western Kentucky University (Head Coach)
Graham Rossini* 2000-2007 Arizona State University (Sr. Associate Athletic Director)
Doug Schreiber* 1995-1998 Purdue University Fort Wayne (Head Coach)
Andy Stankiewicz* 2007-2009 Grand Canyon University (Head Coach)
Eric Valenzuela 1997 Long Beach State University (Head Coach)
Jason Verdugo 1994-1997 Hamline University (Associate VP & Athletic Director)
Jon Wente 1996 Grand Canyon University (Pitching Coach)
Name Years at ASU Company
Joe Brennan* 1997-2001 Legacy Sports Management
Brian Hannaford* 2010-2013 ALIGND Sports Agency
Jim Lentine 1973-1974 Paragon Sports International
Dennis Wyrick 2000-2003 Rosenhaus Sports Representation
*coach or staff member at ASU
^both played and coached at ASU (years listed as player)