Bobby Stahel 20th Round Draft Pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 2015 First Year Player Draft|
June 10, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC redshirt junior outfielder Bobby Stahel was the 20th round selection of the Colorado Rockies on day three of the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft.
Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) was the 587th overall pick of the Colorado club. He becomes just the third Trojan all-time to be drafted by the Rockies. Catcher Johnny Bowden was taken in the 41st round of the 2007 draft and outfielder Brian Barre was taken in the 13th round of the 2002 draft.
The redshirt junior had an outstanding 2015 season and is a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, given the nation's top breakout player. He was also a midseason watch list candidate for the Golden Spikes Award and earned First Team All-Pac-12 honors. He outfielder was also recently named to the ABCA All-West Region First Team.
Stahel led the Trojans with a .376 batting average and drove in 33 runs as the team's leadoff hitter. He started 59 of 69 games, mostly in left field. He finished with a .975 fielding percentage and his slugging percentage of. 514 led the team. He also ranked in countless Pac-12 offensive categories, including finishing second in batting average and was third with 126 total bases. He finished the season with the 26th best batting average nationally.
Stahel becomes the fifth Trojan drafted so far in the 2015 draft and is the 314th Trojan all-time.