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