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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2003 11:25 pm | Updated: 1:36 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Four more Arizona State baseball players were drafted Wednesday as Major League Baseball concluded its amateur draft.

Right-hander Mark Sopko continued a run of pitchers drafted with his selection by Toronto in the 21st round.

Sopko was the winning pitcher last Friday when ASU defeated Central Connecticut State to begin the NCAA playoffs.

Junior Rod Allen, once considered a top prospect for this year, slipped to the 22nd round for the Tampa Devil Rays. Allen is sidelined with a broken wrist.

Baltimore drafted third baseman Dennis Wyrick in round No. 23. Wyrick began his career as a shortstop, moved to catcher last year, before returning to the infield. Coach Pat Murphy said Wyrick's professional future is behind the plate.

The final Sun Devil selected was Mike Guerrero, who was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in round 42.

Overall, ASU had 12 players drafted.

ASU had one of its least impressive drafts of recruits — which is probably good news — in recent memory.

Four preseason Baseball America top 100 selections were drafted Wednesday.

They were pitcher Patrick Bresnehan of Sherborn, Mass., (Royals, round 23), pitcher Jim West of Fort Mohave (Athletics, round 25), pitcher Quentin Andes of Albuquerque (Twins, round 34) and third baseman-pitcher Zech Ainicola of San Bernadino, Calif. (Braves, round 43).

Top 200 selections that weren't selected were infielder Joseph Persichina of Rolling Hills, Calif., and pitcher Josh Blake of Overland Park, Kan.

Only two signees were drafted Wednesday, pitcher Ryan Smith of Enumclaw, Wash., and infielder Brandon Pinckney of Sacramento City College.

ASU's first draftee was outfielder Andre Ethier, the 62nd overall selection in the second round by the Oakland Athletics.

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