Stubbs First Trojan To Be Named Pac-12 Defensive Player Of The Year; Eight Total Trojans Earn All-Pac-12 Honors|
May 27, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Senior catcher Garrett Stubbs headlines USC's Pac-12 postseason honors, as he was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pac-12 and was an All-Defensive Team selection. Infielder Dante Flores and outfielders Bobby Stahel and Timmy Robinson also earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors. The Trojans also had four honorable mention selections in first baseman/catcher Jeremy Martinez, pitchers Mitch Hart and Kyle Twomey, along with infielder/outfielder AJ Ramirez.
The four Trojan first team selections are the most since 2002.
Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) is the first Trojan to be named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after throwing out 54 percent of would-be base stealers from behind the plate to lead the conference and all 19 of his fellow Johnny Bench Award semifinalists. The senior also boasts a fielding percentage of .993 in 55 starts that earned him a selection as the catcher on the nine-player All-Defensive Team. Stubbs, who also earned his first All-Pac-12 First Team honors in 2015 after being named honorable mention in 2014, ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with a batting average of .330. Stubbs has the highest on base percentage of any Trojan (.421) and has 70 hits with 13 doubles, one triple and one home run as he drove in 22 runs. His team-high 19 stolen bases rank third in the Pac-12. In his four-year USC career, Stubbs has thrown out slightly more an 50 percent of would-be base stealers in conference games.
Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) was named First Team All-Pac-12 for the first time in his career. His team-high batting average of .379 ranks second in the Pac-12 and his 86 hits are also second in the conference. He leads the team with five triples, also good for second in the Pac-12, along with four home runs and 31 RBI in 55 games.
Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) earned his first career First Team All-Pac-12 selection. The senior batted a career-high .315 through 55 games, driving in 41 runs, good for second on the squad. He also tallied five home runs, a career high, along with three triples and 10 doubles. The second baseman is third on the team with 29 walks.
Robinson (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View HS) led the Trojans with 50 RBI on his way to his first career First Team All-Pac-12 honor. The junior has come on strong as of late, boosting his batting average to .298 with six home runs, one triple and 10 doubles. He started all 56 games for the Trojans, all but one in center field. His 19 stolen bases tie Stubbs for the team lead and rank third in the Pac-12. He has also shown great discipline at the plate, ranking second on the squad with 31 walks.
Three of the four honorable mention selections of receiving the honor for the first time in their careers. Junior left-handed starter Twomey (Placentia, Calif./El Dorado HS) finished with the lowest ERA of any Trojan starter (2.81) and was 7-2 in 15 starts. He threw 86.1 innings, striking out 65 and holding opponents to an ERA of .253.
Ramirez (Phoenix, Ariz./Bakersfield Christian HS) earned his first career conference honors by batting .268 through 53 games, driving in 39 runs while leading the team with eight home runs. Those eight home runs were the most by any Trojan since 2010.
Sophomore first baseman/catcher Martinez (Huntington Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS) has come on strong to finish the season, batting .290 in 55 starts, driving in 35 runs with one home run, while walking 31 times. He has now earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors for the second-straight season.
Freshman right-hander Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) has been outstanding for the Trojans as their Sunday starter, going 7-3 with a 3.67 ERA in 14 starts. He has thrown 81.0 innings, striking out 48.
The Trojans are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine years. They have earned a No. 2 seed and will face off against the No. 3 seed Virginia in the UC Santa Barbara Regional in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Friday at 3 p.m.