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Posted: Monday, June 8, 2009 5:56 pm | Updated: 2:50 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

It won’t be anything like last year, but Arizona State will get hit hard by Tuesday’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.

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Junior right-hander Mike Leake is expected to be a first-round selection, and outfielder Jason Kipnis could also go on the first day, when the first three rounds are conducted.

Below is a look at Arizona State’s draft-eligible players, along with recruited players who could opt for the professional ranks instead of Tempe.

ASU

Name Pos. Yr. Stats Comment
Mike Leake RHP Jr. 16-1, 1.36 ERA Shouldn’t slip past D-Backs at Nos. 16 and 17
Jason Kipnis OF Jr. .385, 16 HR, 71 RBI Chosen in 4th round last year but didn’t sign; stock has risen
Josh Spence LHP Jr. 9-1, 2.33 ERA Fastball tops out at 88, but off-speed pitches intrigue
Carlos Ramirez C Jr. .349, 18 HR, 72 RBI Good year should get him drafted in first six rounds
Jason Franzblau RHP Sr. 3-2, 2.40 ERA Impressive senior year should get Franzblau’s name called
Raoul Torrez 3B Jr. .250, 1 HR, 26 RBI Didn’t hit as well as anticipated
Kole Calhoun OF Jr. .292, 9 HR, 42 RBI Solid first year at ASU but could stay for one more season

High School Recruits

Name Pos. Hometown Comment
Jake Barrett RHP Mesa (Desert Ridge) Fireballer could pitch/hit at ASU if he doesn’t go pro
James Pazos LHP Gilbert (Highland) Will likely end up with Sun Devils
Deven Marrero SS Plantation, Fla. 29th-rated high school prospect expected to go pro
Nolan Arenado IF Lake Forest, Calif. Advanced hitter could contribute at ASU immediately
Jacob Morris OF Copell, Tx. Getting him to school would be a coup for Devils
Andrew Aplin OF Suisan, Calif. Seems to be college-bound
Brady Rodgers RHP Richmond, Texas Four-pitch pitcher could help replace Leake, Spence
Joey DiMichele IF Scottsdale (Arcadia) Versatile local standout can play all over the infield

Junior College Recruits

Name Pos. College Comment
Merrill Kelly RHP Yavapai Former Desert Mountain star could fit in rotation at ASU
Jimmy Patterson LHP/OF Central Arizona Decision looms for two-way standout
Xorge Carrillo C Central Arizona Could be replacement for Ramirez at catcher
Josh Moody LHP Western Nevada Drafted in 29th round last season
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