Stahel and Stubbs Named to Miseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List|
April 9, 2015
The award recognizes the top amateur baseball player in the country and is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. It is in its 38th year of existence in 201.
The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 27 -- when the semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award.
The last Trojan to be named to the watch list was infielder Ricky Oropesa, who was named to the preseason watch list. The Trojans have a history of success with the award, as catcher Jeff Clement was one of five finalists for the game in 2005. In 2001, pitcher Mark Prior won the prestigious honor.
Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) is hitting .438, good for third nationally and second in the Pac-12. He has thrived as the Trojans' left fielder and leadoff hitter. He has started 31 of 32 games and leads the team with 56 hits, 10 more than the next closest Trojan. He also has seven doubles, four triples and one home run. As the leadoff hitter he has driven in 21 runs.
Trojan catcher Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) has been outstanding behind the plate and at the plate this season. He is second on the team with a .368 batting average and 15 RBI as the Trojans two hitter. He also boasts an on-base percentage of .444. Behind the dish, he has thrown out 13-of-29 would-be base stealers and has picked off four baserunners.
The Trojans have a record of 25-7 overall and are 7-2 in the Pac-12. They are ranked No. 6 according to Baseball America, the team's highest ranking since 2003.
Thirty-seven new players, including Stahel and Stubbs were added to the list since its initial release on February 10, joining 23 others from the preseason watch list. There are 11 Pac-12 student-athletes on the list, while USC is one of eight teams to have two on the watch list. Arizona and Oregon State from the Pac-12 also have two apiece.
No. 6 USC will play host to No. 7 UCLA in a huge Pac-12 series starting on Friday at 3 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.