Arizona State Sun Devils

Over 60 Alumni Represent Sun Devil Baseball Across Pro Ball in 2023

(Phoenix, AZ)  Sun Devil Baseball excelled in all levels of baseball, boasting ten major leaguers, three MLB postseason participants and more than 60 Sun Devils in professional baseball throughout the 2023 season in all categories.

Three of the ten Sun Devils made their Major League debuts to bring ASU’s all time tally to 117 with Drew Maggi (PIT), Alec Marsh (KC) and Alika Williams (PIT) appearing in their first career games. They joined Austin Barnes (LAD), Kole Calhoun (CLE), Merrill Kelly (AZ), Seth Martinez (HOU), Brian Serven (COL), Spencer Torkelson (DET), and Trevor Williams (WAS), who all returned to The Show for their respective clubs in this season.

“We take great pride in watching so many Sun Devils continue to succeed at all levels of professional baseball. This program has a proven track record of graduating young men, competing for championships, and getting guys to the next level.” Head coach Willie Bloomquist said.

Second-round selection in the 2023 MLB draft, Luke Keaschall appeared in three different levels of minor league baseball, putting up 32 hits, scoring 29 runs with 15 RBIs and slamming three home runs in 31 games for three different clubs, posting a .288 average over the summer. Keaschall was part of the Cedar Rapids Kernels that won the league title at the High-A Level.

Maggi made his Major League Debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 26 against the Dodgers after spending 13 seasons in the minor leagues. He would record his first major league hit against the Washington Nationals on April 29, which was a single, and would later blast a double going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Alika Williams also made his MLB debut for the Pirates, this time on July 25th against the San Diego Padres where he registered a walk. Then against the Philadelphia Phillies he smacked his first career hit and RBI on July 29th. He’s appeared in 46 games, totalling 20 hits, five doubles and six RBIs while flashing several Web Gems in the field as a defensive standout. He became just the third ASU shortstop to go in the first round after being selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 37th overall pick.

Marsh also made his debut for the Kansas City Royals, appearing in 16 games and posting three victories. On July 15 against the Tampa Bay Rays, he fanned a season-high 11 batters and only walked one. He finished the regular season in the rotation and earned his first career victory against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 13 with five strikeouts and three hits. Marsh was named on the All-Pac-12 First Team in 2019 after posting a 3.46 ERA and a 9-4 record in his final season in Tempe.

The first overall pick in 2020, Spencer Torkelson was a prominent starter, appearing in 159 games for the Detroit Tigers and showing off his power by smashing 31 home runs, 34 doubles and 141 hits this season, totaling 94 RBIs. This season he’s had five career two-home run games and achieved a career high five RBIs in a game against the Royals on July 18.

In his fifth season and representing the valley, Kelly has been a reliable arm for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they achieved their first postseason appearance since 2017. The Scottsdale Native has posted 12 wins with a 3.29 ERA in 177.2 innings this year. It’s his second straight season reaching double-digit wins and has a career-high 187 strikeouts this campaign. With ASU, he was a vital figure in 2010 where the team reached the College World Series, going 10-3, earning All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and threw 100 innings, striking out 78 for the Sun Devils.

I can’t wait to watch Merrill, Austin, and Seth compete in the MLB Postseason this month while we welcome home many of the guys who just wrapped up the minor league season. Nearly 60 Sun Devils represented this program at all levels of pro ball in 2023 and we’re proud of the work the coaches at ASU do to prepare guys for the next level each year!” Bloomquist said.

An incredible 53 Sun Devil Letterwinners played Minor League Baseball in 2023. Alongside Keaschall being a part of a league championship team, Gage Workman for the Erie Seawolves earned a championship at the Double-A level with 85 hits, 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Elsewhere, 2022 draftees Kyle Luckham and Joe Lampe have found success for their respective minor league clubs. Luckham started the year at the High-A level for the Wilmington Blue Rocks making 24 starts, posting five wins, 100 strikeouts, only 30 walks and one complete game on Aug. 10. On Sept. 13 he was elevated to double-AA to the Harrisburg Senators, fanning six in five innings on Sept. 15 for the club.

Lampe, a 2022 third round selection by the Cleveland Guardians found success at the High-A level for the Lynchburg Hillcats in 2023 by being a reliable starter appearing in 111 games, posting 92 hits, smacking five home runs and 50 RBIs in 2023. In 2021, he was one of three Sun Devils to be selected to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team after not posting an error in the outfield that season.

The Savannah Bananas are the new baseball phenomenon taking over the country, and three Sun Devils are part of the squad that brings a new perspective to baseball. Bronson Balholm, Connor Higgins and Ryan Kellogg all represent Sun Devil Baseball for the Bananas.

In 2022, Balholm appeared in eight games at catcher. Higgins had a steller sophomore campaign in 2017 for ASU, fanning 34 strikeouts in 39 innings of relief. Kellogg, a three-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection, ranks in the top-10 in school history with 28 wins, going 28-6 when he donned the maroon & gold.

Fitz Stadler represents the Sun Devils in MLB’s respected Arizona Fall League, representing the Surprise Saguaros after reaching Double-A this past minor league season. Stadler achieved a 4-1 record in 30 games, throwing 36.1 innings and managing 42 strikeouts.

On the coaching side, former Sun Devil head coach Pat Murphy served as a bench coach for the NL Central division champion Milwaukee Brewers while Dave Hudgens served as a hitting strategist for the AL Wild Card representative Toronto Blue Jays. Sun Devil alum Alvin Davis who played from 1979-1982, served as a hitting coach for the American League at the MLB Futures Game in July during the All-Star break.

In other professional leagues, ASU has four former student-athletes in the Mexican League with Jake Barrett (Acereros De Monciova), Drew Stankiewicz (Pericos de Puebla) along with Seth Blair and Xorge Carrillo playing on Toros de Tijuana this Summer.

Finally, in March five Sun Devils appeared in the World Baseball Classic across four different countries. Barnes represented the Mexican side alongside Jacob Cruz who was a hitting coach for the team. Kelly donned the red, white and blue. Ian Kinsler managed the Israeli side in March and Eric Sogard represented the Czech Republic in the Spring commanding the infield.

MLB Player (10) Position Years at ASU Team
Austin Barnes  C 2009-2011 Los Angeles Dodgers
Kole Calhoun  OF 2009-2010 Cleveland Guardians
Merrill Kelly  RHP 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks
Drew Maggi INF 2009-2010 Pittsburgh Pirates
Alec Marsh  RHP 2017-2019 Kansas City Royals
Seth Martinez RHP 2014-2016 Houston Astros
Brian Serven C 2014-2016 Colorado Rockies
Spencer Torkelson  1B 2018-2020 Detroit Tigers
Alika Williams  INF 2018-2020 Pittsburgh Pirates
Trevor Williams  RHP 2011-2013 Washington Nationals
MLB Coach (2)
Dave Hudgens Hitting Strategist 1975-1978 Toronto Blue Jays
Pat Murphy Bench Coach 1995-2009 Milwaukee Brewers
MLB Futures Game (1)
Alvin Davis Hitting Coach 1979-1982 American League
World Baseball Classic (5)
Austin Barnes  C 2009-2011 Mexico
Jacob Cruz Hitting Coach 1992-1994 Mexico
Merrill Kelly  RHP 2010 USA
Ian Kinsler  Manager 2002 Israel
Eric Sogard  INF 2005-2007 Czech Republic
Arizona Fall League (1)
Fitz Stadler RHP 2016-2018 Surprise Saguaros
MiLB Player (53) Position Years at ASU Team Affiliation
Triple-A (8)
Ryan Burr  RHP 2013-2015 Durham Bulls Tampa Bay Rays
Kole Calhoun OF 2009-2010 Oklahoma City Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
R.J. Dabovich  RHP 2019-2020 Sacramento River Cats San Francisco Giants
Eli Lingos LHP 2015-2018 Albuquerque Isotopes Colorado Rockies
Alec Marsh  RHP 2017-2019 Omaha Royals Kansas City Royals
Seth Martinez  RHP 2014-2016 Sugar Land Space Cowboys Houston Astros
Brian Serven  C 2014-2016 Albuquerque Isotopes Colorado Rockies
Alika Williams  INF 2018-2020 Indianapolis Indians Pittsburgh Pirates
Double-A (8)
Carter Aldrete  INF 2017-2019 Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants
Garvin Alston Jr.  LHP 2016-2017 Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals
Trevor Hauver  INF/OF 2018-2020 Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers
Drew Maggi  INF 2009-2010 Indianapolis Indians Pittsburgh Pirates
Fitz Stadler  RHP 2016-2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays
Drew Swift INF 2018-2021 Midland RockHounds Oakland A’s
Tyler Thornton RHP 2020-2021 Akron RubberDucks Cleveland Guardians
Gage Workman INF 2018-2020 Erie SeaWolves* Detroit Tigers
High-A (8)
Cooper Benson LHP 2020-2021 Vancouver Canadians Toronto Blue Jays
Hunter Haas INF 2021-2022 Bowling Green Hot Rods Tampa Bay Rays
Liam Jenkins RHP 2016 Winston-Salem Dash Chicago White Sox
Luke Keaschall 2B 2023 Cedar Rapids Kernels* Minnesota Twins
Joe Lampe OF 2021-2022 Lake County Captains Cleveland Guardians
Lyle Lin C 2017-2019 Vancouver Canadians Toronto Blue Jays
Kyle Luckham RHP 2022 Wilmington Blue Rocks Washington Nationals
Kai Murphy  OF 2021-2022 Fort Wayne Wizards San Diego Padres
Low-A (7)
Nate Baez C 2020-2022 Fort Myers Mighty Mussels Minnesota Twins
Justin Fall LHP 2020-2021 Jupiter Hammerheads Miami Marlins
Brian Kalmer INF 2020-2021 Myrtle Beach Pelicans Chicago Cubs  
Sean McLain  INF 2020-2022 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Los Angeles Dodgers
Jack Moss 1B 2021 Daytona Tortuga Cincinnati Reds
Erik Tolman  LHP 2019-2021 Fredericksburg Nationals Washington Nationals
Adam Tulloch LHP 2022 Lynchburg Hillcats Cleveland Guardians
Rookie (7)
Wyatt Crenshaw  2B 2023 ACL D-backs Arizona Diamondbacks
Josh Hansell  RHP 2022-2023 ACL Royals Kansas City Royals
Ethan Long OF 2021-2023 ACL Padres San Diego Padres
Timmy Manning LHP 2023 ACL Giants San Francisco Giants
Blake Pivaroff  RHP 2021-2023 FCL Tigers Detroit Tigers
Owen Stevenson  RHP 2023 FCL Rays Tampa Bay Rays
Chase Webster RHP 2022 FCL Phillies Philadelphia Phillies
International (4)
Jake Barrett  RHP 2010-2012 Acereros de Monclova Mexican League
Seth Blair   RHP 2008-2010 Toros de Tijuana Mexican League
Xorge Carrillo  C 2010-2011 Toros de Tijuana Mexican League
Drew Stankiewicz  INF 2012-2014 Pericos de Puebla Mexican League
MLB Professional Partner League / Independent (6)
Bronson Balholm C 2022-2023 Savannah Bananas
Connor Higgins LHP 2016-2018 Savannah Bananas
Ryan Kellogg  LHP 2013-2015 Savannah Bananas
Tillman Pugh  OF 2008 Charleston Dirty Birds Atlantic League
Andrew Shaps  LHP 2015-2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes American Association
Spencer Van Scoyoc  LHP 2017-2018 Kane County Cougars American Association
Injured / Did Not Play (5)
Hunter Bishop  OF 2017-2019 San Francisco Giants
Khristian Curtis RHP 2023 Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Dunn LHP 2023 Minnesota Twins
Reagan Todd  LHP 2016-2017 Colorado Rockies
Jesse Wainscott RHP 2023 Seattle Mariners

Press Release courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics – Jeremy Hawkes


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