Stubbs an ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-American; Stahel Earns Third Team Honors|
June 13, 2015
LOS ANGELES - After being named ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region First Team selections earlier this week, catcher Garrett Stubbs and outfielder Bobby Stahel earned ABCA/Rawlings All-American honors today, as Stubbs was named a first team selection and Stahel a third team honoree.
Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) has earned his second First Team All-America honors this season, after being named a Baseball America first teamer earlier this week. He becomes the first Trojan to win first team honors since Ian Kennedy and Jeff Clement in 2005.
Stubbs, who was recently drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round, has racked up the postseason honors, as he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pac-12, was the catcher named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team and earned ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-West Region. 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.
He finished his career with an impressive .996 fielding percentage, making just five errors in 1132 chances. He also threw out 50.4 percent of runners attempting to steal in his career.
Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) earned his first career All-American honors by being named to the third team. Stahel led the team with a .376 batting average, good for second-best in the Pac-12 and the best in program history since 2008. It also ranked 26th nationally. He also led the team with a .514 slugging percentage. Stahel also led the team with 92 hits, the most since 1998 when Robb Gorr had 96 hits. The redshirt junior had a 22-game hit streak going this season, the longest by any Trojan since Jacque Jones in 1995. He was drafted in the 20th round by the Colorado Rockies.