Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 2/13/12
Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero led a trio of Sun Devils honored Monday as preseason All-Americans by Baseball America. Marrero earned honors on the first team, while junior pitchers Jake Barrett and Brady Rodgers made the second and third team, respectively. A first-team All-Pac-10 selection last season as well as the conference's defensive player of the year, Marrero batted .315 with 20 RBIs and a .352 on-base percentage. Baseball America ranks Marrero as it's fourth-best draft prospect overall. The junior is the highest-ranked infielder and second-highest Pac-12 player, behind only Stanford pitcher Mark Appel (No. 1). Certain to be selected early in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft in June, Marrero said last week he isn't thinking much about the next level. "If I take care of my team stuff and do what I have to do out there, the draft stuff will take care of itself," Marrero said. "Im out here to have fun and enjoy this special team we have." Marrero was drafted out of high school in the 17th round of the 2009 draft by the Cincinnati Reds but elected to go to college. ASU is ineligible for the postseason this year due to NCAA sanctions. Barrett, a right-hander, is ranked No. 19 on Baseball America's list and projects to have another big season, though it's not clear yet how much he will start and how much (or if) he'll come out of the bullpen. Last season, Barrett went 7-4 with a 4.14 ERA and battled arm soreness late in the year. ASU coach Tim Esmay said Rodgers, also a righty, will be the team's No. 1 starter again this season after leading the pitching staff last year with a 9-4 record and 2.75 ERA. Rodgers ranks 62nd on Baseball America's draft list. The 17th-ranked Sun Devils open their season Friday with the opener of a three-game series against Western Michigan.
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