2022 Sun Devil Baseball Player Capsules
by Lauren Gonzalez, SDA Media Relations
TEMPE -- With the 2022 Sun Devil Baseball season set to begin this weekend, there is much excitement around the program as first year head coach Willie Bloomquist will put forward a team with numerous savvy veterans but also a glutton of young talent as the Sun Devils look to draw some looks in the Valley.
Under the tutelage of Bloomquist, assistant coach Mike Goff, pitching coach Sam Peraza and hitting coach Travis Buck ASU brings a wealth of knowledge of both the professional and collegiate game and will look to show those talents on the field over the next several months.
Take a look at each position group and individual player capsules for the upcoming campaign.
AROUND THE HORN – SUN DEVIL INFIELD
The Sun Devil infield looks to be the strength of the program this year with consensus All-American Ethan Long back in the lineup alongside freshmen All-Americans Hunter Haas and Sean McLain while the "grandpa" of the squad, Conor Davis, returns from knee surgery to take over at first base. McLain and Haas helped ASU lead the nation in double plays turned during the regular season last year and will look to continue to be a force up the middle with Haas – a former starting shortstop for the Team USA U-18 National Team - shifting from the hot corner to short to replace Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Drew Swift while McLain will look to boost his draft stock as retakes his role at second base. Long, one of the most potent bats in the nation will man third to begin the season – a position he played heavily in high school. Davis, who came to ASU looking to offset some of the production lost at first by 2020 No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson, will finally get his shot as the team's veteran leader.
ASU also welcomes the big bat of freshman Jacob Tobias, who will spell Davis at first and see plenty of time at DH this season. Blake Pivaroff offers ASU depth in the field and on the mound while freshmen Alex Champagne and Cam Magee have flashed defensively at points in the offseason.
Third Base - Ethan Long
The move to shortstop from Haas will see Ethan Long move to third base this season. The power hitter has spent most of his freshman campaign as a Sun Devil as one of the most potent designated hitters in the nation, but is working to cement his all-around game by manning the hot corner. Long is tabbed as the No. 37 overall prospect in the 2022 MLB Draft class by Baseball America, and will reap the benefits of having another big bat in the lineup, with McLain and Conor Davis. In the span of one month, Long hit 15 home runs, adding 40 RBIs to his name in 2021. His home run tally of 16 passed Barry Bonds for second in school freshman history, only trailing Spencer Torkelson in 2018. With a .340/417/704 slash line and team-best 54 RBIs, Long was one of the most potent bats in the nation despite not finding his way into the starting lineup until nearly midway through the season after starting the year as the team's closer. A consensus choice by almost all media outlets, Long became the 129th All-American in Sun Devil history and is a consensus preseason All-American choice this year as well. He went on to compete with teammate Sean McLain on the Team USA Collegiate National Team this past summer
Shortstop - Hunter Haas
Hunter Haas will be a part of that potent lineup and his move to shortstop will be a pivotal one as the team looks to replace the 2021 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Drew Swift. Haas is the No. 5 player Baseball America's 2023 Pac-12 MLB Draft prospect list (No. 38 overall collegiate prospect) and started close to every game at third base and consistently batted in the middle of the lineup and was the only player to start every game for ASU last season. As a freshman, he batted .304, posting a .773 OPS. The Phoenix native's 15 doubles were just three behind the team leader Sean McLain. Being one of three Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Finalists in 2021 at third base and a Division I Freshman All-American, Haas spent the summer working at getting more comfortable at his previous position, short stop. Haas and McLain make a great effort to work together during practice to improve upon the already experienced dynamic they have.
First Base - Conor Davis
The redshirt senior suffered a season-ending injury in the fall of 2021, putting his debut season as a Sun Devil to a halt. The transfer from Auburn had a tremendous junior year consisting of 62 starts in 63 games, primarily as a designated hitter. The Georgia native led the team with a career-best .290 batting average, 73 hits and 113 total bases. In his junior season, Davis provided the Tigers with career bests in runs, with 35, doubles, with 14, home runs, with eight, RBIs, with 35, and slugging percentage, posting a .448. As a senior, Davis played and started all 18 games as a first baseman, with a .339 average, 17 runs, six doubles, and 14 RBIs, while also leading his team with three home runs in the shortened season. Featuring as a first baseman, Davis did not commit an error in 132 chances in the field and helped turn 11 double plays. Though Davis was sidelined the entire 2021 season, Davis' presence was still felt and his leadership and commitment was recognized. Davis did not miss a practice he was eligible to be at, and he constantly provided advice to his younger teammates. This season Davis is expected to become the first baseman, as well as one of the Sun Devils' main power threats.
Second Base - Sean McLain
After he saw his freshman year get cut short in 2020, where he was used as a defensive replacement and pinch runner because of an injury, Sean McLain became a staple in the Sun Devil infield and batting order last season en route to being named a freshman All-American, Pac-12 All-Conference selection and ABCA All-West Region pick. McLain enters the season as the No. 33 overall collegiate prospect in the 2022 class, according to Baseball America. McLain finished just outside ASU's all-time freshman Top-10 in batting average with his .322 tally that was second on the team behind Long and his 18 doubles on the year were tied for third in ASU freshman history. He recorded a 23-game hitting streak at long point, tied with Andre Ethier (2003) for the longest streak at ASU since 1998. McLain represented the USA Collegiate National Team, along with Sun Devil teammate Ethan Long. McLain turned 48 double plays last season, two more than any other player in the Pac-12 even with several teams playing several more games than the Sun Devils.
INFIELD NEWCOMERS AND RESERVES
Blake Pivaroff was rated the No. 16 shortstop in the state of California, but pitched as well. In 2020, Pivaroff was named a Preseason All American by Perfect Game. Perfect Game is familiar with Pivaroff as they listed him as a Top-100 shortstop nationally (as did Prep Baseball Report), and was a participant in the 2018 Perfect Game Underclass All American Games. Pivaroff gives the Sun Devils valuable depth around the horn and will also see some innings on the mound this year. Last season, Pivaroff was 7-for-18 as a pinch hitter on the year, recording 35 percent of ASU's total 20 hits among pinch batters on the year. He was a perfect 5-for-5 as a pinch batter to start the year, including the go-ahead single against Utah in the 7th inning to push ASU to a series sweep.
Described as a born hitter, Jacob Tobias proved that in three years at Liberty High School in Bakersfield and will likely start the season as the team's designated hitter. Tobias posted a .407 career average in his prep career with 18 homers, 90 RBIs and 100 hits over 80 career games. He bat .365 as a senior with 10 homers in just 22 games with 28 RBIs and helped his team to advance to its first-ever Central Section Division I finals with a two-run homer against Clovis. Tobias' junior year was shortened, but he was still able to showcase his talent by hitting .423 with three doubles and three RBIs in just nine games. His junior year was an impressive continuation of the previous year, as he hit .454 with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 47 RBIs, earning first-team Varsity All-Area and Second Team All-State by Maxpreps.com. Stepping up to Division I baseball will be an adjustment, but is expected to be one that the mature hitter and infielder will be prepared for. He was the No. 3 third baseman in California and No. 28 third basemen nationally according to Perfect Game and a Top-500 recruit nationally and a Top-75 player out of California according to the outlet. He was a Top-300 overall recruit in the Prep Baseball Report coverage area and No. 15 overall player in California.
The freshman from Littleton, Colo. was a regular for his varsity high school team with 74 games played, posting a .390 average and .480 OBP with 90 hits, 56 RBIs and 73 runs. Champagne demonstrated his speed with 59 stolen bases. The incoming infielder was a dependable defender with a .945 fielding percentage and 62 assists. The Heritage High School alum was among one of the freshman standouts named in the fall by teammates.
The Anaheim native comes from a long line of Sun Devils, but Cam Magee will be looking to make his name in the middle infield. Magee is the brother of former All-Pac-12 Sun Devil Football player Brandon Magee and his sister, Kylee, is on the Sun Devil softball team. Magee's defensive efforts and quick hands are to note for the future. The left-handed hitter went to Canyon High School, playing 18 games, posting a .275 average and .309 OBP with seven RBIs and nine runs. Magee is the No. 39 overall recruit out of California and the 15th-rated shortstop, according to Perfect Game, which also listed him as a Top-400 overall prospect in the nation and a Top-75 shortstop nationally. Prep Baseball Report tabbed Magee as the No. 7 shortstop in the state and the No. 23 overall recruit in California and listed him as a Top-200 recruit among its national coverage area and the No. 37 shortstop in the nation.
NO FLY ZONE – SUN DEVIL OUTFIELDERS
Dubbed the "No Fly Zone" by Joe Lampe last season, the Sun Devil outfield will against look to steal hits and extra bases from would-be batters in 2022. Lampe, the team's center fielder and team leader, was a Golden Glove finalist last season and named the best defensive outfielder in the Cape Cod League this summer. Kai Murphy will again man the right field corner while also offering his services on the bump. The big surprise to lead off the year will be Will Rogers getting the nod in left field. The freshman was drafted by the Brewers this offseason as a catcher and that is clearly where his future will be but with the depth ASU has at the position, Coach Bloomquist wanted to find a way to get the athletic Rogers' bat into the lineup.
Kade Higgins and Michael Brueser both saw action for the Sun Devils last season and freshmen Ivan Brethowr and Trey Rucker will add depth to the position as well.
Center Field - Joe Lampe
In his first season at ASU, Joe Lampe was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove award as a center fielder. In his first season in the outfield, he had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in Pac-12 games and was selected to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team as a result. His nine putout game against USC was the most my a Sun Devil center fielder since at least 1998. Lampe led the team's returners this year with 21 walks last year, giving him a .383 OBP above his .294 batting average. Lampe looks to improve his base running percentage with the techniques taught by Coach Bloomquist and company, with a focus on footwork when stealing bases. The Petaluma, Calif. native spent his summer with the Bourne Braves, being crowned the best Cape Cod League outfield defender by Perfect Game. He advanced baserunners 23 times on an out, five more than any player on the team and showing off his skills with the bunt and he was also ASU's most successful player on the team in advancing runners 53 times on 102 chances (.520).
Right Field - Kai Murphy
The redshirt sophomore, outfielder and pitcher from Mesa, Ariz. Did a little bit of everything as he frequently manned the corners in the outfield and saw his time on the bump in his debut season with the Devils. As a redshirt freshman, Murphy started 39 games in the outfield, posted 19 RBIs, with six doubles, four home runs and 23 runs. Murphy's defensive efforts have made him a staple to the outfield, and will find himself getting many appearances in right field. Recognized for his defense, Murphy is adjusting his offensive approach. Eliminating strikeouts, walking more, and overall seeing the ball better to cut down on swings and misses will be aspects of Murphy's game that he will be monitoring closely. The left-hander will be willing to fit in wherever he can, so pitching when he is called upon will also be a part of Murphy's game. On the bump, Murphy went 2-1 in three starts. In his first career start on the mound (at Cal), Murphy was the first Sun Devil pitcher to hold an opponent to just one hit in at least 7.0 innings since Ryan Hingst's no-hitter in 2016. Since at least 1998, only 8 ASU pitchers have gone 7.0 innings with one or fewer hits and none did so in their first career start like Murphy
Left Field - Will Rogers
Despite being one of the premier freshmen catching prospects in the nation, Will Rogers will likely see his first action of the season manning left field in an effort to keep his bat in the order to start the season. Rogers was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round of the 2021 draft. The youngster was the top-ranked catcher and top-ranked prospect overall in the state of Minnesota by Perfect Game. Nationally, Rogers was the 15th-ranked catcher and a Top-200 overall prospect by the same publication. The right-hander was a well-renowned catcher, but also a standout pitcher in high school, as he hit .420 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs, while having a 0.88 ERA in 40 innings with 62 strikeouts and just four walks.
OUTFIELD NEWCOMERS AND RESERVES
Kade Higgins appeared in 34 games, starting 16 of them as a freshman. The sophomore had 13 hits with 3 of those being doubles, along with five runs and five RBIs. The outfielder from Las Vegas, Nev. and Sun of former Sun Devil All-American Kevin Higgins had a .971 fielding percentage. Higgins has shown promise early, as he had a .462 average with six hits in 13 at-bats in his first six games for the Sun Devils. Said to have matured over the summer, Higgins will look to build on what he has amounted to, so far.
As a freshman, Michael Brueser appeared 4 times, drawing two BBs. The outfielder had over 90 games on varsity under his belt. At Hamilton High School, Brueser had a career average of .348 with an OBP of .457, 18 home runs, 77 RBIs and 79 runs. A breakout junior year consisting of 12 home runs, put him at the top of the leaderboard across the entire state of Arizona, and 36 runs helped boost his rankings. The Chandler, Ariz. native was named in the 6A AZBCA Second Team All-State, eighth overall prospect and top outfield prospect in Arizona by Prep Baseball. Along with Higgins, Brueser has also matured over the summer and will look to make more appearances this coming season.
The right-handed outfielder was a top ten overall prospect in the state of Kansas and the third ranked outfielder in the state, according to Perfect Game. Brethowr primarily caught, but will have his focus on an outfield spot in his debut season. The Olathe, Kan. native is athletic for his size of six-foot-six with plenty of arm strength.
The incoming freshman, Trey Rucker, may be making the biggest jump of his baseball career so far, but he is no stranger to changing environments. Rucker has lived in Texas, New Jersey, Chicago, and San Antonio, learning how to adapt. The IMG Academy graduate averaged a stolen base every three games, Rucker has an athletic build. His bat has been named one of his biggest tools.
THE BACKSTOP – SUN DEVIL CATCHERS
Catching will call for an emphasis of improvement this season, with Nate Baez, Ryan Campos, Will Rogers and Bronson Balhom in the conversation for the position. In addition to the newness of the position, this group will be tasked with managing the newness of the pitching staff as well, though pitching coach Sam Peraza has credited the group as being one of the most improved on the fielder between Fall Ball and the start of this 2022 campaign.
Baez will lead the way to start the season after earning Pac-12 All-Conference honors as a catcher last year. Rogers will see the lineup as the starting left fielder to kick things off this season but will very much be in play behind the dish as well. Campos was one of the most highly sought-after catching prospects in the West and also has the versatility to play the outfield. Barnholm provides a veteran presence after four years spent as the starting catcher at Beloit College with plenty of collegiate experience in his career.
In his first year as a full-time catcher Baez, took advantage of catching as many bullpen sessions as he could. Learning more about the pitchers and their tools has been a mission for the Oro Valley, Ariz. native. Being reliable on the defensive end will only be the start of what Baez is trying to accomplish. Offensively, he has made his goal to attract more walks, see good at bats, and see pitches better. Baez bat a team-best .362 over the final 14 games last season with team highs in homers (8) and RBI (20) in that stretch while slugging a gaudy .915. All eight of his home runs came in those 14 games as he went on to earn Pac-12 All-Conference honors as a catcher.
Campos was a leader of the program at Red Mountain, where he was a varsity-regular all four years. Campos never batted below .350 and never sank below a fielding percentage of .962. Campos was a standout all four years, but his most impressive campaign came his sophomore year when he batted .460, had 40 hits in 87 at-bats, with 33 RBIs. Not only did Campos have an impressive showing in front of the plate, but also behind it. In his second year, Campos saw a perfect fielding percentage in 31 games played.
The Beloit College transfer is coming to Tempe as a redshirt sophomore. Balholm captained the team and appeared regularly garnering 117 at bats, responsible for 45 runs, 40 hits, 29 RBIs, boosting his average to .342 with 20 BBs, in the 2021 season. Behind the plate, Balholm finished the season with a .963 fielding percentage. Balholm showcased his ability to limit runners, as 14 out of 22 stolen base attempts were thrown out. The catcher earned All-Region recognition for his efforts behind and in front of the plate.
TOEING THE RUBBER – SUN DEVIL PITCHERS
The Sun Devils' pitching staff is a mature group, due to all incoming pitchers this season being transfer students. This experienced projected starting rotation will be expected to provide the composure needed to excel as pitching coach Sam Peraza has not shied away from stating ASU will start the year putting the most season arms on the mound as ASU looks to replace four weekend starters departed for the draft last season.
While experience, few in the rotation and out of the team have truly proven consistency at the highest level and that will be a premiere focus for this season thought ASU will lean heavily into Boyd Vander Kooi and his return from Tommy John surgery and last year's closer Will Levine. Transfer Adam Tulloch, Kyle Luckham and Jacob Walker will kickoff the season as the team's weekend rotation.
The left-handed pitcher is a transfer student from West Virginia and was named this week as ASU's Opening Night Starter. Tulloch was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2021 draft. In 2019 at Wingate, he was a bullpen arm in six appearances, while also making nine starts and posting a 2.48 ERA, striking out 74 hitters in 54.1 innings pitched. After leaving Wingate to go to the College of Central Florida, he held a 2.88 ERA and struck out 42 batters in 25 innings. Transferring to West Virginia, Tulloch continued the trend of being a strikeout-heavy pitcher with 52 strikeouts recorded in 37.1 innings. Tulloch was third in the Cape Cod League this summer with 43 strikeouts over 31.0 innings.
Kyle Luckham comes in from Cal State of Fullerton. The right-hander showcased his ability when he recorded a career-high nine strikeouts against Long Beach State as a freshman. As a sophomore at Fullerton, Luckham finished the shortened season with a 2-0 record and a 2.52 ERA in 24 innings pitched. In his time at El Dorado High School, Luckham won the league MVP, League Pitcher of the Year, was in the First Team All County, a two-time First Team All CIF, and El Dorado Male Athlete of the Year. Luckham's effort helped see his high school reach the CIF playoffs all three years he was a member of the varsity team. Luckham was one of the premiere pitchers in the nation out of high school, ranked as the No. 156 overall player in the nation by Perfect Game and No. 23 overall player out of California.
The Phoenix, AZ native and Davidson transfer was a former Scottsdale Community College athlete. Walker was a key figure in the Fighting Artichokes' run to a third place finish at the 2018 NJCAA DIvision II World Series. He was 2-1 for Davidson last year and got better as the year went on. He finished with 37 strikeouts in 39.1 innings and seven of those came in his final game for the Wildcats as he went a career high seven innings in the effort. In 2019, Walker went 7-4 in 65 innings pitched. At Pinnacle High, Walker earned two All-Section honors.
Boyd Vander Kooi
While he won't start early in the season, Boyd Vander Kooi will definitely look to factor into the weekend rotation as the year goes on after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery early in the 2021 season.. The journey back to full health has helped the former Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year see the game from a spectator's view. The redshirt senior has had some stellar season showings to build on coming back from injury, placing second in ERA in the Pac-12 as a junior and a stretch of 14.1 consecutive innings without allowing any earned runs in the shortened 2020 season. Over the final three regular season weekends of the 2019 season, Vander Kooi had a team low 2.25 ERA, striking out 22 and walking just 4. His 20.0 innings pitched in that time were the most among all players while he allowed just one single extra base hit - also a team low, regardless of starting or relief pitchers.
Will Levine is another familiar pitcher to the Sun Devils and will look to improve upon the closing role he locked down this season with coaches hoping to lean on the veteran for long relief late in games as opposed to just one final inning. Last season, Levine held down the back end of the Sun Devil bullpen, finishing with a 4-3 record and a team-best five saves to go with his team-leading 3.75 ERA and allowed a team-low two extra-base hits on the year. In the shortened season of 2020, as a freshman, the California native struck out 11 in 12 games and was able to close out the season in excellence going 4.0 innings against Utah, striking out two with just one run allowed and a 3.2 scoreless inning of relief appearance against Washington. Levine is looking to be able to go multiple innings without losing command, without losing velocity, and changing his mindset have all been a part of the process that has gone into Levine's push to have more extended outings this year.
Jared Glenn was second on the roster with six victories last season, posting a 6-2 overall record. He appeared in 24 games, making three starts and finishing second on the roster with 52.0 innings pitched as he was often the go-to guy for long relief for the Sun Devils. Glenn stood out in long relief in an ASU victory over Oregon (3/19) as he tossed 7.1 scoreless innings of relief after entering in the second inning and going the distance as ASU came back from a 3-0 first inning deficit to win, 6-3. He escaped jam-after-jam in 5.0 innings of extra inning relief in ASU's series-opening victory over Washington (4/10). His two relief efforts in the Pacific Northwest resulting in 12.1 scoreless innings and two victories.
One pitcher that has stood out in all the interviews done this season has been left-hander Graham Osman. The strides Osman has made over the off season has impressed both transfers and returning Sun Devils that have been a teammate of Osman's from the beginning. The key to his improvement has been simplifying and perfecting his fastball and slider. Osman personally recognized that his command with his off speed has been noticeably better. Nate Baez considers Osman's slider to be "some of the best stuff" he has ever seen. Osman offers a dangerous slider and a fastball that hits the low nineties range. In his shortened freshman season he was called upon from the bullpen. Osman was ASU's go-to southpaw out of the pen, leading the team with 34 appearances in ASU's 55 games – a total that was third in Division I last season.
The right-handed pitcher from San Pedro, Calif is a redshirt sophomore who bookended last year exceptionally, allowing just two earned runs over his first seven appearances (12.1 IP) before he allowed just one earned run over his final five outings of the year over seven innings. He appeared in 22 games, striking out 33 over 33.1 innings of work. Bodlovich did not allow an earned run in five of his six appearances out of the bullpen in his debut season as a relief pitcher in 2020.
Peery will be looking to be a reliever that the Sun Devils can rely on to secure big outs this upcoming season. His tendency to throw pitches that lead to groundouts will prove to be useful, especially in situations a runner is on first. Peery and his unique sidewinder style earned him a 3-0 record with 24 appearances last season as he ate up a lot of innings in middle relief for the Devils. He had one of the best efforts of any Sun Devil pitcher on the year in the first pitching start of his entire life, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings against Washington State in a 10-0 shutout where he struck out five with no walks. The effort was more notable as the Cougars were 24th in the nation in averaging 8.5 runs per game at the time. The Mountain Ridge alum posted a 1.59 ERA in 22 innings and held opponents to a .205 batting average. Peery also showcased his hitting abilities, getting 59 hits and 47 RBIs in a total of 78 games. In high school, the sidearm pitcher held his opponents to an average of .205 and only conceded eight walks.
Cacchione has shown the ability to pitch efficiently in reserve and struck out five in 5.1 innings of work last year. Pitching a total of ten innings as a freshman and striking out nine, Cacchione gave up just one earned run in his first six games. In 2018, the right-hander struck out 42 batters in 13 appearances. Cacchione pitched 12 games in 2017, logged a 1.86 ERA and struck out 24 batters in just 26.1 innings.
Luke La Flam
Luke La Flam will make his return this season after recovering from injury in 2021. La Flam was a regular in the 2019 campaign. In the 2020 campaign, he received the win against Boston College. La Flam pitched 14.2 innings as a freshman, striking out 11 and giving up just 2 home runs. The right-handed pitcher held his opponents to a .200 batting average and recorded 75 strikeouts in 58.1 innings at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo.
Marshall was ranked as the sixth best left-handed pitching prospect in the state of Arizona, by Perfect Game. The Queen Creak, Ariz. native also batted .339 while recording a 3.29 ERA in his senior season of high school. As a freshman at ASU in the shortened 2020 season, Marshall became the starting center fielder center fielder after injuries led to him being recognized for his outstanding instincts in the. His versatility offered him a chance to step into a dual role at Central Arizona last season where he appeared in 29 games as utility player. He started 11 games on the bump, going 4-4 in 14 appearances with 57 strikeouts over 64 innings. He allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his first five collegiate starts with his best effort coming in 7.0 innings with eight strikeouts and no runs allowed in a 6-0 victory over Paradise Valley. He also bat .256 on the season with a .383 OBP. Marshall figures to be a solid left-handed option out of the pen this season.
Previously playing at South Mountain Community College, Lucas recorded nine strikeouts and two saves, in five appearances and eight innings pitched. Lucas earned First Team All-League honors in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and was named Ventura County Player of the Year his senior year. The right-hander played at Cal State Northridge, getting 51 starts in right field. His efforts earned him runner-up for the Big West Freshman of the Year.
Hansell is a right-handed pitcher from Wichita State University, where he recorded 15 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. Seven of those strikeouts came in Hansell's first collegiate win at Wichita State in 5 innings, giving up 0 earned runs against Oral Roberts. The Chandler, AZ native had a 2.03 ERA with 20 strikeouts and held his opponents to a .114 batting average in his last season on the mound at Seton Catholic High School.
The Gilbert, AZ native, transfer student-athlete from Texas Tech recorded 36 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched through six games. Webster's four conference starts were the most in the conference. At Chandler- Gilbert Community College, he was given All-Regional and All-Conference honors. In high school, Webster was named to the 2018 Perfect Game preseason All-American and All-Region Teams, and two All-Tournament teams for his showing in the 2017 Perfect Game National Championship, as he posted seven wins and 58 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched.
The right-hander is a transfer from California State University, Stanislaus. Meyer won the Central California Athletic Association MVP and was named in the 2019 MaxPreps California Small Schools All-State Baseball Team. In 2019, Meyer finished the season with a .596 batting average, while having a 1.38 ERA and 93 strikeouts in only 55.2 innings pitched. In Meyer's time at CSUS, he struck out eleven in 25 innings pitched. This season will be Meyer's introduction to Division I baseball, but is expected to be a name in the starting rotation.
Hailing from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Canez spent the last season at Phoenix College. He made 13 appearances for the Bears where he was a strikeout machine – logging 34 in just 20.1 innings pitched. Command was an issue, however, as he also gave up 22 walks. The transfer will look to settle in and shake the Nuke LaLoosh stat line with the Sun Devils this season and gives ASU another collegiate veteran presence out of the pen.