SSU senior pitchers Matt Means and Kevin Asselin could be selected Friday in the Major League Baseball Draft, but Sonoma State should have no shortage of talented arms next year. Here’s a look at three promising picthers who weren’t on the 2008 roster:
Joey Parigi, LHP/OF, Arizona State: Parigi, 20, was a three-time all-state selection at Monterey High where he went 33-2. He had an 0.00 ERA as a junior and senior. He also hit over .480 three times and played on the USA Baseball Under-16 and Under-18 junior national teams. He signed with Texas out of high school and went 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 35 innings, mostly as a reliever. He left Texas, Goelz says, because the Longhorns wanted him to be a full-time pitcher and Parigi also wanted to hit. He transferred to Arizona State where he was 3-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 2007 while pitching with shoulder pain that eventually required labrum surgery. Goelz says Parigi was upset by the way the ASU coaching staff handled his arm problems. Parigi began as ASU’s No. 3 starter, but made just six appearances after March, none in the Sun Devils’ eight postseason games. He made the move to Sonoma State, where he knew Goelz from the Aldrete Baseball Academy in Monterey. Goelz has known Parigi since he was 12. Parigi is no longer in Division I. But he will finally get to play both ways. Goelz says he will pitch and play in the outfield.
Cameron Ray, RHP, Sierra College: Ray, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, led Sierra to its first California Community College State Championship this past season. He was named MVP of the state tournament after posting a 2-0 record and 2.18 ERA in two starts. In the title-clinching game — a 6-2 win against Southwestern College — he allowed two hits and no earned runs in 5 1/3 innings while pitching on two day’s rest. Ray went 12-3 and was named the Big 8 Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Alberto Rolon, RHP, Sonoma State: Rolon, a senior, will return after undergoing Tommy John surgery following the 2006 season. Rolon went 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 2006.