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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Former Dirtbag Bo Ashabraner Returns Home

Bo Ashabraner graduated from Esperanza High School in Anaheim in 1999, where he was a right handed pitcher. He was drafted in the 46th round (1,359th overall) by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but chose instead to pitch for the Dirtbags. His junior and senior year stats (2002 & 2003) at Long Beach State (courtesy of Boyd's World) were:
2002 2.79 0 0 7 1 0 0 9.2 11 6 3 3 7 2 0 0 41 .268 3 3 0
2003 2.51 1 3 17 0 0 1 32.1 23 9 9 16 35 7 1 2 114 .202 5 4 2
Overall, Bo appeared in 53 games during his Dirtbags career, going 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA, and striking out 83 in 84 innings pitched. In his freshman year (2000), he was limited to 7 games, the result of a foot injury. As a sophomore (2001), Bo pitched in 22 games, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. He missed the 1st half of his junior year after off-season elbow surgery.

In 2003, Bo was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 8th round, 228th overall. He signed with the Indians June 12, 2003, and was assigned to the Burlington Indians in the rookie level Appalachian League. Bo went 2-1 with a 6.06 ERA over 16.1 innings, and saved 2 games. He struck out 18 while walking 7, and opponents batted .294. In 2004, with the Lake County Captains in the low Class A South Atlantic League, Bo had a good season. He appeared in 28 games (46.2 innings), going 5-2 with 3 saves and a 2.70 ERA. He allowed 42 hits, struck out 49 and walked just 11. Opponents batted only .235 against him. But the injury bug bit again, and Ashabraner spent most of the 2005 season on the disabled list. He was reinstated from the DL onto the Captains roster on May 5, and pitched 7.2 innings over 7 games through May 21, posting a 7.04 ERA with 2 saves, striking out 3, giving up 8 hits, and walking 5. On May 21, he was released by the Indians.

Yesterday I got an email from reader Gail (hat tip) that Bo Ashabraner is now the varsity baseball pitching coach at his alma mater, Esperanza High School. So it comes full circle! It's unfortunate that Bo suffered so much from injuries (his HS senior baseball season was also lost to tendonitis) that made his professional career short lived. But great to hear that he is working with young players to improve their game. From Gail's email, it sounds like the kids are really enjoying working with him.

posted on 9/13/2005 by Jeff Agnew

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