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    Garrett Stubbs Drafted by the Houston Astros in the Eighth Round of the MLB First Year Player Draft

    Garrett Stubbs
    June 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES - USC senior catcher Garrett Stubbs was drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round, 229th overall in the MLB First Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

    Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS), a world-class catcher who is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, becomes the 10th Trojan all-time to be drafted by the Astros. The last Trojan was second baseman Matt Cusick, who was taken in the 10th round of the 2007 draft. He is the 310th Trojan all-time to be drafted.

    A left-handed hitting catcher, Stubbs has racked up the postseason honors in 2015, 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.

    This was the first time in Stubbs' career that he has been drafted.

    The third and final day of the MLB draft is set for tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. PT. Coverage will be live at mlb.com.