Arizona State baseball coach Pat Murphy announced the signing of 16 student-athletes to national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period for the 2007 season.
The class is made up of 10 high school players and six junior college transfers. Arizona State inked four players from East Valley high schools.
Those players are outfielder Mike Petello (Saguaro), pitcher Jason Mitchell (Mountain Pointe), infielder Raul Torrez (Brophy) and outfielder/pitcher Adam Bailey (Chaparral). Pitching dominated this year’s class, led by lefty Brian Flores. Flores led New Mexico Junior College to the NJCAA national championship last season and was a 2004 draft choice of the Chicago White Sox. He went 15-1 last season, averaging 12 strikeouts per outing.
Right-hander Tommy Hanson was a 2004 pick of the Atlanta Braves, and is a cousin of current Sun Devil Zechry Zinicola. Outfielder Travis Snider, from Mill Creek, Wash., is one of the top prospects in the United States. He hit .524 with six home runs last season. Snider was ranked No. 26 by Team One Baseball and No. 41 by Baseball America. Utility player Tyler Hoechlin, from Corona, Calif., is probably best known for his role as Tom Hanks’ son in the movie "Road to Perdition."
Arizona State signees
Name, Position, School (Hometown)
Robby Alcombrack, C, Bear River HS (Grass Valley, Calif.) Adam Bailey, OF/LHP, Chaparral HS Brett Davis, OF/LHP, Seward County CC (Elk City, Okla.) Dan Duffy, INF, Mountain Ridge HS Brian Flores, LHP, New Mexico JC (Carlsbad, N.M.) Tommy Hanson, RHP, Riverside CC (Redlands, Calif.) Joe Hatasaki, LHP, Mountain View HS (Mountain View, Calif.) Tyler Hoechlin, UT, Santiago HS (Corona, Calif.) Michael Leake, INF/RHP, Fallbrook HS (Fallbrook, Calif.) Jason Mitchell, RHP, Mountain Pointe HS Scott Mueller, RHP, South Mountain CC Mike Petello, INF, Saguaro HS Travis Snider, OF, Jackson HS (Mill Creek, Wash.) Justin Souza, RHP, Sacramento City College (Galt, Calif.) Kyle Thornton, RHP, Cowley CC (Lawton, Okla.) Raul Torrez, INF, Brophy HS