Spence Agonized Over Decision

After going 10-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his junior campaign, and being drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, it would be an easy decision to go pro for lefty Josh Spence, right? Not exactly.

On Tuesday morning the left handed Arizona State held a press conference talking about his decision to put his paycheck and professional career on hold to don the Maroon and Gold for one last time as a senior.

On coming back

"So, I'm a Sun Devil. First of all, I just want to thank the guys in the back row (teammates) for being here. It means a lot and thank you very much."

On when he made his decision

"There was always the thought process even when I got drafted that there was a scenario where coming back to school isn't the worst thing in the world for me, and just how the negotiations went on and the more I thought about it, it was a better fit for me to be a Sun Devil this year and I'm very happy with the decision and I'm looking forward to the next 12 months."

On whether there was a time he was close to signing

"Of course there was a time because that's the reason I'm here. Playing professional baseball is my goal and something I'm working hard for, but I'm also working hard on getting my degree and coming back and wearing the uniform and being a Sun Devil means a lot, and at the end of the day it wasn't a tough decision."

On whether the Angels made any last effort

"No. I told them where I stood and they respected that. They're a good organization, don't get me wrong, it was an honor to get drafted in the third round, but coming back was what I needed to do."

On if last year fueled the decision

"Yeah, to have that experience going to Omaha and hosting the regionals was very cool and something I want to do again and definitely made an impact on the decision I made. So that's the plan, just be a part of the team and hope to do my job and have some fun doing it."

On what he's worked on during the summer

"I haven't picked up a ball till about five days ago, so I've been resting my arm, but I've been working with ASU trainers on a lifting a running program and getting back into shape. I've been on that for at least a month and a half now, so that's how the summer's been and I'm just gonna hit the ground running when Fall comes around."

On adding anything to the repertoire

"What do I need to add? Do you know? (says with smile) You know, I'm very happy with where I'm at. I've proven myself the last few years and I've had some success and hopefully I build on that my senior year. I've got a great ballclub so they're a lot of fun to work with."

On if he's on track to graduate

"I'm 27 hours away. I've been doing 18 hours every semester and handling that pretty well, so I'm on track to graduate."

On worrying about the draft next year

"I mean, there's always a risk coming back. Especially as a senior, but it's not something that I worry about or in the back of my mind. I'm just very happy to put on the Devil uniform everyday now. My dream has always been to be a Sun Devil first and everything else will take care of itself. If you go into the season planning to get drafted you're kind of playing for the wrong reason. I have a passion for the game and I enjoy wearing the Maroon and Gold and I look forward to doing that next year."

On what the team can do this year

"Last year we didn't know the limit we could push our ball club to and to have all that freshmen talent and do what we did, and to think of what we could do this year, the opportunities are endless. I mean, I don't want to go out and say anything too ridiculous too early, but I'm just very excited to meet everyone and go through the fall because being a Sun Devil in the fall is a pretty cool thing. We do some cool stuff and it should be a good experience and I'm just looking forward to seeing what the ballclub can do."

On whether he's met fellow Australian native and Diamondbacks player Trent Oeltjen

"No I haven't. He's a friend of a friend. I know him, but he wouldn't know me."

On getting a chance to meet him

"That would be very cool. I'm sure he's got a few more stories than I do. I'm sure he has a great personality. I got coached by the same coach he did on the national team so he's a great guy and I look forward to meeting him one day."

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