What’s better than having four All-Americans on your college baseball team?
How about having four All-Americans that will all be coming back next year?
Such is the case for Arizona State. Not only did the Sun Devils post an extraordinary 47-8 record, win the Pac-10 title, and finish the season as the No. 1 team in the nation, but they appear to have even better years ahead as these players grow and mature.
That should give the boys in Tucson heartburn just thinking about it.
Sophomore second baseman Zack MacPhee leads the group of Louisville Slugger All-America selections announced by Collegiate Baseball. He was the lone First Team selection, and also was just named one of the semi-finalists for the 2010 Golden Spikes Award which is given to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
To make it all the sweeter, MacPhee is a local boy, a graduate of Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, where he was All Conference first team his junior and senior years. He hit .455, with 33 RBIs and 21 stolen bases his senior year.
At ASU, he picked right up where he left off in high school and this year is hitting .381 with eight home runs and a team-leading 59 RBIs. He leads the Pac-10 in three offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.490), runs scored (62), and triples (14). He has started 49 games this season and has a .963 field percentage while committing just nine errors.
He and sophomore right-hander, Trevor Bauer from UCLA, represent the Pac-10 among the finalists for this 33-year-old award.
He was selected in the 22nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
Junior pitcher, Seth Blair, was a Second Team selection and sophomore closer, Jordan Swagerty, and sophomore first baseman, Riccio Torrez, were named to the Third Team.
Swagerty picked up another impressive honor this week as well when the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) named him a finalist for the 2010 Stopper of the Year Award. He joins Virginia’s Kevin Arico, Louisville’sNeil Holldan, Portland’s Chris Dennis, and Chance Ruffin of Texas in the group of finalists.
The 6’1″ right-hander hails from Sachse, Texas. He set a new single-season record at ASU for saves, with 14. In 29.2 innings, he has compiled a 2.12 ERA with 10 walks and 39 strike-outs.
Torrez is also a local product, a graduate of Brophy Prep in Phoenix. He’s the Pac-10’s leading hitter with a .391 batting average and nine home runs. He isn’t far off MacPhee’s pace for runs batted in, with 50, and also has 16 stolen bases.
Blair is from Rock Falls, Ill., and posted a 11-0 record on the mound this year, with a 3.20 ERA and 90 strike-outs in as many innings.
The Sun Devils open regional play at home tomorrow against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (33-24).
(MacPhee photo: ASU Athletics)