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Sun Devil Baseball Continues to Excel in Professional Baseball

May 4, 2021

PHOENIX – Sun Devil Baseball continues to excel at the professional level with eight alumni current playing in Major League Baseball, four coaches on MLB coaching staffs, one Olympian, 13 Triple-A players that are just one call away from the majors, six Double-A alumni, five high-A alumni and 17 players spread across Low-A, Rookie League, International Leagues and MLB Partner Leagues.

The next generation of Sun Devils has impressed with some significant early returns with 2020 MLB Draft first overall pick Spencer Torkelson and fellow first rounder Alika Williams already climbing to the Triple-A Ranks, while fellow 2020 alumnus R.J. Dabovich has advanced to the Double A level. ASU has seen promotions of Fitz Stadler, Reagan Todd, Connor Higgins have also advanced to the penultimate level of professional baseball. 

Torkelson is the No. 4 overall prospect in the MLB according to MLB Pipeline and the top prospect in the Tigers organization while fellow 2020 draftee Gage Workman is the No. 14 prospect in the Tigers farm system. Williams is at No. 25 in the Tampa Rays organization. Trevor Hauver checks in at No. 13 in the Texas Rangers organization after being traded from the Yankees this year in the Joey Gallo trade. 

Alec Marsh (Draft Class of '19) is No. 15 in the Royals organization. Hunter Bishop ('19) is the No. 6 prospect in the Giants organization while recent signee Drew Swift is already the No. 30s prospect with the Athletics. 

Among ASU's 15 Triple-A players some standouts include:

  • Seth Blair (Red Sox) is 3-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 32 appearances with two saves while striking out 51 in 40.2 innings. 
  • Darin Gillies (Mariners) is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA over 35 games with 10 saves and 48 strikeouts in 39.0 innings.
  • Connor Higgins (Angels) was promoted to Double-A prior to the season and has since been called up to Triple-A. At Double-A, Higgins had eight saves and six holds, striking out 43 over 38.0 innings.
  • Drew Maggi (Twins) has been consistent over 85 games with 15 homers and 47 RBIs, stealing 12 bases and posting .261 average and a .366 OBP.
  • Seth Martinez (Astros) has been efficient in middle relief, with a 3.00 ERA over 54.0 innings with 72 strikeouts over 32 games.
  • Brian Serven has made 54 starts behind the dish for the Isotopes in the Rockies organization, throwing out 33 percent of stolen base attempts while batting .247 with 13 homers and 33 RBI.
  • Torkelson has continued to do Torkelson things, rapidly ascending from High-A to Triple-A in his first season of professional baseball. He has homered 26 times in 104 games, recording 78 RBIs with a gaudy .928 OPS as he's slugged .548. His batting average sits at .263 but he continues to draw walks at an elite rate en route to a .380 OBP. 
  • Alika Williams was the most recently called up player, moving from Low-A to High-A to Triple-A in the span of about three weeks. He's batting .270 across the MiLB ranks with five homers, 4 RBIs, six stolen bases and 16 doubles. 

Other MiLB Highlights include:

  • R.J. Dabovich (Giants) has been an elite strikeout guy with 56 Ks over 29.1 innings at High-A and Double-A, recording 10 saves and a 0.92 WHIP to go with his 3.07 ERA with opponents batting a paltry .136 average against.
  • Trevor Hauver (Rangers) has showed plenty of pop with 15 homers and 70 RBIs with 21 doubles and a .270 average. Hauver was always had great discipline and it showed with his 81 walks over 94 games to boost his OBP to .416 and his OPS sits at .896.
  • Gage Workman has been an extra-base machine with 35 doubles, six triples and 10 homers over 110 games with a .748 OPS.
  • Drew Swift has done his part to get on base drawing 20 walks in 27 games and stealing 10 bases for a .378 OBP.

Sun Devils in Minor League Baseball (as of May 4, 2021)

MLB Player (8) Position Years at ASU Team
Austin Barnes  C 2009-2011 Los Angeles Dodgers
Ryan Burr RHP 2013-2015 Chicago White Sox
Kole Calhoun  OF 2009-2010 Arizona Diamondbacks
Merrill Kelly  RHP 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks
Deven Marrero INF 2010-2012 Miami Marlins
Andrew Romine  INF 2005-2007 Chicago Cubs
Eric Sogard  INF 2005-2007 Chicago Cubs
Trevor Williams  RHP 2011-2013 Chicago Cubs / New York Mets
MLB Coach (4)
Jacob Cruz Asst. Hitting Coach 1992-1994 Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Hudgens Bench Coach  1975-1978 Toronto Blue Jays
Pat Murphy Bench Coach  1995-2009 Milwaukee Brewers
Don Wakamatsu Bench Coach  1982-1985 Texas Rangers
2021 Tokyo Olympics
Ian Kinsler INF 2001 Team Israel
*MLB Injured Reserve List
MiLB Player Position Years at ASU Team Affiliation
Seth Blair  RHP 2008-2010 Worcester Red Sox Boston Red Sox
Darin Gillies  RHP 2012-2015 Tacoma Rainiers Seattle Mariners
Connor Higgins LHP 2016-2018 Salt Lake Bees Los Angeles Angels
Ryan Kellogg  LHP 2013-2015 Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs
Jason Kipnis  OF 2009-2010 Gwinnett Stripers Atlanta Braves
Drew Maggi  INF 2009-2010 St. Paul Saints Minnesota Twins
Seth Martinez  RHP 2014-2016 Sugar Land Skeeters Houston Astros
Brian Serven  C 2014-2016 Albuquerque Isotopes Colorado Rockies
Fitz Stadler  RHP 2016-2018 Buffalo Bisons Toronto Blue Jays
Drew Stankiewicz  INF 2012-2014 St. Paul Saints Minnesota Twins
Reagan Todd  LHP 2016-2017 Albuquerque Isotopes Colorado Rockies
Spencer Torkelson  INF 2018-2020 Toledo Mud Hens Detroit Tigers
Alika Williams  INF 2018-2020 Bowling Green Hot Rods Tampa Bay Rays
Hever Bueno  RHP 2014-2016 Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers
Gage Canning  OF 2016-2018 Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals
R.J. Dabovich  RHP 2019-2020 Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants
Lyle Lin C 2017-2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles Arizona Diamondbacks
Eli Lingos  LHP 2015-2018 Akron RubberDucks Cleveland Indians
Alec Marsh  RHP 2017-2019 Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals
Carter Aldrete  INF 2017-2019 Eugene Emeralds San Francisco Giants
Trevor Hauver  INF/OF 2018-2020 Hickory Crawdads Texas Rangers
Andrew Shaps  OF 2015-2017 Great Lakes Loons Los Angeles Dodgers
Drew Swift INF 2018-2021 Lansing Lugnuts Oakland A's
Gage Workman INF 2018-2020 West Michigan Whitecaps Detroit Tigers
Garvin Alston Jr.  LHP 2016-2017 Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Chicago White Sox
Hunter Bishop  OF 2017-2019 San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants
Liam Jenkins RHP 2016 Lynchburg Hillcats Cleveland Indians
Sam Romero  RHP 2018-2019 Stockton Ports Oakland Athletics
Justin Fall LHP 2020-2021 FCL Marlins Miami Marlins
Spencer Van Scoyoc  LHP 2017-2018 FCL Phillies Philadelphia Phillies
To Be Assigned
Cooper Benson LHP 2020-2021 Toronto Blue Jays
Tyler Thornton RHP 2020-2021 Cleveland Indians
Erik Tolman LHP 2019-2021 Washington Nationals
Jake Barrett  RHP 2010-2012 Acereros de Monclova Mexican League
Xorge Carrillo  C 2010-2011 Toros de Tijuana Mexican League
Dennis Sarfate  RHP 2000 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Nippon Professional Baseball
MLB Professional Partner League (Independent)
Jay Baggs  RHP 2021 Boise Hawks Pioneer League
Ian Kinsler INF 2002 Long Island Ducks Atlantic League
Adam McCreery LHP 2012-2013 Kansas City Monarchs American Association
Tillman Pugh  OF 2008 Lexington Legends Atlantic League
Sebastian Zawada  OF 2016-2017 Sioux City Explorers American Association
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Bold – has MLB service time
Italics – did not finish collegiate career at ASU