What a past couple of weeks that Garrett Stubbs has had. He has been named to numerous first-teams including Baseball America First-Team All-American, Rawlings First-Team All-American, and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Stubbs was also recently drafted by the Houston Astros in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Draft and signed his contract on June 11th.
Last night, Stubbs' season of awards cumulated as he was named the 2015 Johnny Bench Award Winner, which is given to college baseball's best catcher, both offensively and defensively.
Stubbs hit .346 on the season with a homer, 51 runs, and 25 RBIs as he started in 59 of USC's 60 games this year. Stubbs also showed his quickness on the base paths as he led the team with 20 stolen bases. Defensively, Stubbs was even better as he threw out 52.8 percent of base stealers and had only three errors in 468 chances. Stubbs had a great postseason as he had a .563 batting average with four runs, two doubles, and three RBIs. He was named MVP of the Lake Elsinore regional.