Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 15, 2007

Familiar faces grace 2007 Princeton Rays


First baseman Eligio Sonoqui, who batted just .201 with nine runs batted in last season, also returns. A ninth round draft choice in 2006 from an Arizona high school, Sonoqui posted astonishing numbers there as a senior, hitting .586 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs.

Joining Hayes and Andujar as pitching returnees are Matt Fisher (0-0, 6.48 ERA, 15 games), Chris Fessler (0-1, 5.59 ERA, 13 games) and Robert Gil, who spent the last two seasons at Hudson Valley in the New York-Penn League. Gil was 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA at Princeton in 2004.

Dustin Biell, who batted .364 with seven home runs as a high school senior in Kenmore, Wash., was a fifth round selection during the recent draft. The highest draftee assigned to Princeton, Biell had already committed to play baseball at Washington State.

Ironically, Shawn O’Malley — a fifth round selection from a Washington high school last season — had also committed to play baseball for the Cougars. Instead, O’Malley also wound up in Princeton, and was the highest draftee to play for the Devil Rays for most of the campaign.

Four high school and four college hurlers will round out the staff for Princeton manager Jamie Nelson and pitching coach Marty DeMerritt.

Kevin Brophy, a 21st round draft choice from UCLA, is joined by Kevin Boggan, a 19th round selection from Boston College. Brophy made 74 appearances during his career with the Bruins, while Boggan had 69 relief outings for the Eagles before becoming a starter as a senior.

The other college arms include Michael Southern (15th, West Hills JC, Calif.) and Angel Chapa (24th in 2006; Treasure Valley CC, Oregon).

The prep ranks will be represented by Kyle Ayers (14th, Illinois high school), Joey Dettrich (18th, Washington); Chris Luck (20th, North Carolina) and Kevin Chavez (34th, New Mexico).

Ayers, who stands 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, had a 24-inning scoreless streak as a high school senior, while Luck fanned 108 batters as a senior in just 60 innings. He also hit .458 with 10 home runs.

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