Ethier proved his worth on Arizona campuses

Andre Ethier, OF, Dodgers
Hometown: Phoenix

Andre Ethier grew up in Arizona at a time when the D-backs weren't yet in existence. His alternative? Arizona State University baseball.

Ethier followed the Sun Devils closely throughout his childhood, but he had to fight to become a Sun Devil himself.

Ethier played for Arizona State in the fall of 2000 but was told by coaches that he wasn't Division I material. He responded by transferring to Chandler-Gilbert Community College the next season. He wasn't there for long.

Ethier batted .468 with 32 doubles with Chandler-Gilbert, earning team MVP honors. The next season, Ethier transferred back to Arizona State. In two seasons with the Sun Devils, Ethier batted .371 with 14 home runs and 118 RBIs.

Ethier was a second-round pick by the Athletics in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, and he was acquired by the Dodgers in a 2005 trade for outfielder Milton Bradley and infielder Antonio Perez.

Ethier still resides in Arizona in the offseason.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.