Nootbaar, Rios Lead a Group of Four Trojans Earning All-Pac-12 Honors|
June 1, 2017
For Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS), this is his first All-Pac-12 selection in his career. He was one of six outfielders named All-Pac-12. As a sophomore starter at either center field or first base, he batted .313, good for third-best on the team, tying for the team-lead with seven home runs. His on-base percentage of .419 was best on the squad, as was his .510 slugging percentage. He was second on the team with 34 RBIs, third with 62 total hits and his team-leading 36 walks drawn were good for fourth-best in the Pac-12. He also led the team with a .997 fielding percentage, with just one error in 286 chances.
Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS), a redshirt junior shortstop for the Trojans earned his first All-Pac-12 honor in his career after earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors in 2016. He was one of three shortstops to earn all-conference honors. Rios led the team with a .354 average, good for fifth best in the Pac-12. His 73 hits, tops on the team also ranked ninth in the conference. Rios also was tied for the team lead with 33 runs scored and was 4-for-5 in stolen bases. His 13 doubles were also the most on the team, while his 26 RBIs ranked fourth-best on the team. Rios’ defense helped the Trojans have the 15th best defense in the nation (.979 team fielding percentage), as he boasted a .965 fielding percentage as the team’s everyday shortstop.
Carrillo (Santa Ana, Calif./Tustin HS) earns All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors for the first time in his career. He was tied for the team lead with seven home runs and led the Trojans with 36 RBIs. He batted .281 in 54 games, good for fifth-best on the team. The junior was perfect on the base paths, leading the team with nine stolen bases and his six sac flies were third best in the conference. His defense at third base was also clutch for the Trojans, as he boasted a .967 batting average.
For sophomore second baseman Perez (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei HS), his selection as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention honoree is the first of his career. Perez led the Trojans in batting average for much of the season, finishing in second behind Rios with a .328 season average, good for 10th best in the Pac-12. He was second on the team with 66 total hits, and was second with 11 doubles on the year. He also tallied one home run and drove home 23 runs. His defense was also key for the Trojans’ success in the field, as he owned a .976 fielding percentage, making just five errors in 210 chances.