Garrett Stubbs Named a Finalist for the Johnny Bench Award

    Garrett Stubbs would be the second Trojan to win the award.
    June 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - USC senior catcher Garrett Stubbs has been named one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top collegiate catcher, the Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today.

    The other two finalists for the award are Kade Scivicque of LSU and Matt Winn of the Virginia Military Institute.

    Stubbs is the second Trojan to be named a finalist for the honor. Previously Jeff Clement won the award for USC in 2005.

    On being named a finalist, Stubbs said, "This is an unbelievable opportunity on both a personal level and for our university. I am excited to bring this recognition to our program."

    The Del Mar, Calif., native has racked up the postseason honors, as he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pac-12 and was the catcher named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team. He finished the year throwing out 52.8 percent of would-be base stealers (28-of-53) and was second on the team with a .346 batting average. He drove in 25 runs as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup and started 59 of the Trojans' 60 games on the year. He also led the team with 20 stolen bases.

    In the Trojans first NCAA Regional appearance since 2005, Stubbs was outstanding for the Trojans, catching all 38 innings over four games, including one 11 inning contest. He led the team with a .563 batting average (9-for-16) in the regional, with four runs scored, two doubles and three RBI. He was named the Lake Elsinore Regional MVP, along with being named to the All-Regional team.

    A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. Stubbs, along with the other two finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 18th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 25, 2015.