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ASU presence in 2010 MLB


October 07, 2010

Without a doubt 2010 was a special year on the field for the Arizona State Sun Devils, as they continued their string of Pac-10 Championships, made a second straight trip to Omaha and the College World Series and swept the major Pac-10 awards. But it was a special year for former ASU baseball players as well.

During the 2010 Major League Baseball season, six former Sun Devils got the call to the Majors, establishing a new single season high for Sun Devil big league debuts. The six breaks the old mark of five, set in 1977 and equaled in 1978.

The 2010 debuting Devils were Mike Leake, Ike Davis, Colin Curtis, Brett Wallace, Eric Sogard and Andrew Romine.

The 1977 Major League season featured the first career games of Floyd Bannister, Ken Landreaux, Paul Moskau, John Poloni and Bump Wills.

Bannister, who was the #1 overall pick in the 1976 draft, made his debut for the Houston Astros. He played 15 seasons in the Majors for the Astros, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, California Angels and Texas Rangers, leading the league in strike outs in 1982 and earning an All-Star berth.

Landreaux debuted for the California Angels, playing two seasons for them before joining the Minnesota Twins. After two years with the Twins, Landreaux closed out his 11-year career by playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1981 to 1987. He won a World Series with the Dodgers in 1981.

Moskau saw his first Big League action with the Cincinnati Reds, playing five seasons with them before single seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. Poloni had a very brief stay in the Majors, appearing in two games with the Texas Rangers in 1977.