Congratulations #SunDevil4Life Dustin Pedroia
Sun Devil Baseball alum Dustin Pedroia was awarded his fourth Gold Glove from Major League Baseball for his stellar defense in 2014. Pedroia was also elected to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame in the offseason.Pedroia played for the Sun Devils from 2002-04 and was a second round pick by the Red Sox in the 2004 MLB Draft. Read more!
Tracy Smith, hired as the fifth head baseball coach in program history on June 24, 2014, led the Sun Devils to a postseason berth, a third-place finish in the Pac-12 and 30-plus wins in his first season at ASU.
He became one of five active coaches, and one of eight all-time, to bring three different Div. I schools to NCAA Regional play as he guided the Sun Devils to a No. 2 seed in the Fullerton Regional in 2015.
He has amassed a 639-480-1 career record in 19 seasons as a head coach at three different schools, including nine seasons at both Miami (Ohio) and Indiana, and one year at Arizona State. His 639 victories rank in the top 50 among active coaches in the NCAA, and his 19 seasons represent the fourth-shortest number of years on the list.
Ben Greenspan enters his second season at Arizona State University as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and works primarily with the team’s offense and catchers.
In his first season at ASU, Greenspan helped the Sun Devils excel both offensively and defensively. The Devils ranked in the top half of the Pac-12 in a number of offensive categories, including second in slugging percentage, third in both batting average and hits, and posted their best defensive numbers since 2010 as they finished fourth in the conference in both fielding percentage and errors.
Catcher Brian Serven earned First Team All-Pac-12 recognition in 2015, as well as Second Team Pac-12 All-Academic honors, and was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top catcher. His prowess on both sides of the plate was evident as he became just the fifth catcher in school history to lead the team in home runs and he caught 17 runners stealing, the most by a Sun Devil since 2009.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Michael Earley enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach on head coach Tracy Smith’s staff at Arizona State.
Earley played under Smith at Indiana from 2008-10 before going on to a professional career with the Chicago White Sox organization. He played professional baseball five years, including time with the team’s Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights
The outfielder finished his playing days with the Southern Illinois Miners in the independent Frontier League in 2015.
Abe Ruiz enters his first season as a video coordinator on head coach Tracy Smith’s staff at Arizona State.
Ruiz, who was a three-year letterwinner at ASU from 2009-12, spent the previous season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Devils. Before that, he served two seasons as a graduate assistant, including the 2015 season under Coach Smith and 2014 under previous head coach Tim Esmay.
Ruiz earned All-America and All-Pac-12 honors in 2012 after he tied for the Pac-12 lead in home runs with 13, finished second in the conference in slugging percentage at .595 and fourth in RBI with 53.