Coming in at #1 on Baseball America's 2009 recruiting list, and #13 in their preseason top 25 rankings Baseball America's John Manuel and J.J. Cooper dished some knowledge on ASU baseball for the coming year.
Despite losing tons of players to the draft, ASU still comes in at #13 according to BA because of Pat Murphy and Holiday the recruiting coordinator. Carlos Ramirez, the JUCO transfer from Chandler-Gilbert C.C., according to these guys will be a better player than Petey Paramore (3rd round pick, Oakland A's) was for us last year. That is big.
Jared McDonald from Pima CC hit .425 last year and will be the 1st baseman, and seems to be an impact bat. Freshman will be manning 2nd and SS - positions to watch.
Finally, BA seems to be very high on our #2 starter, JC transfer Josh Spence, a guy who tops out at about 86 mph but has a filthy change and curveball.
Seems like it will be an interesting team to watch this year.