Garrett Stubbs

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Garrett Stubbs
Johnny Bench Award presentation (19783920761).jpg
Stubbs (left) with Johnny Bench
Houston Astros – No. 77
Catcher
Born: (1993-05-26) May 26, 1993 (age 25)
San Diego, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Garrett Patrick Stubbs (born May 26, 1993) is an American professional baseball catcher in the Houston Astros organization.

He attended the University of Southern California (USC), and played college baseball for the USC Trojans, winning the 2015 Johnny Bench Award as the nation's best collegiate catcher. The Astros selected Stubbs in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Draft.

In 2016, Stubbs was a California League Mid-Season All Star, and an milb.com Houston Organization All Star. In 2017, he was a mid-season Texas League All Star, and named the best defensive catcher in the league by Baseball America. In 2018, he was a mid-season Pacific Coast League All Star.

Early and personal life[edit]

Stubbs is from Del Mar, California, and is Jewish.[1][2][3] His parents are T. Patrick and Marti Jo (née Gellens), and his maternal grandmother is Maxine Gellens.[4][5][6] His younger brother, C. J., also played baseball for Torrey Pines, and is now a red-shirt senior who catches and pitches at USC.[7][8][9] His step-grandfather, Fred Shuey, played Minor League Baseball as an outfielder in the 1960s, and had Garrett train with former Major League Baseball catcher Ed Herrmann starting when Garrett was nine years old.[10][11][12]

High school[edit]

Stubbs attended Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, California.[4] He was twice named to the All-California Interscholastic Federation team for baseball, and was twice named All-North County and All-Avocado League 1st team.[4] As a senior, he batted .391 with 27 runs, 13 doubles, and 18 RBIs.[4]

College[edit]

Stubbs enrolled at the University of Southern California (USC), where he earned a degree in policy planning and development with an emphasis on real estate, and played college baseball for the USC Trojans.[8][12] In the summer of 2012, he played for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League.[4][5] In 2013 as a sophomore, he was an Honorable Mention for the All-Pac-12 Conference team.[4] In the summer of 2013, he played for the Plymouth Pilgrims in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and was named a New England Collegiate Baseball League Eastern Division All-Star.[4] Later that summer he played for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League.[4]

After his junior year, when Stubbs became eligible to be selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, he made it known that he intended to return to college for his senior year.[13] In 2015, his senior year at USC, Stubbs batted .346 (6th in the Pac-12 Conference) and tied for the conference lead in sacrifices (17), while coming in 3rd in steals (20), 5th in runs (51) and OBP (.435), and tied for 7th in doubles (15), as on defense he threw out 52.8% of attempted basestealers and made 3 errors in 468 chances.[14][15] Stubbs won the Johnny Bench Award as the best catcher in college baseball, and was named the Pac-12 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, Baseball America First-Team All-American, Rawlings First-Team All-American, and Jewish Sports Review College Baseball All American.[16][10][17][2][15]

Minor leagues[edit]

The Houston Astros selected Stubbs in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He signed with the Astros for a signing bonus of $100,000, and made his professional debut with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League.[18][19] After 11 games with Tri-City, the Astros promoted Stubbs to the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League.[20] He batted a combined .263 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 36 games with both teams.

In 2016, Stubbs began the season with the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League,[13] with whom he was a California League Mid-Season All Star, before receiving a promotion to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League in July.[21][22] Stubbs finished 2016 with an aggregate .304 batting average, along with ten home runs and 54 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts, while on defense throwing out 51% of attempted base stealers.[21] He was named an milb.com Houston Organization All Star.[21] After the season, the Astros assigned Stubbs to the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.

In 2017, MLB Pipeline named him the best catcher in the Astros' minor league system, and the organization's 11th-best prospect overall.[23] Stubbs began the season with Corpus Christi, where he batted .236 with four home runs and 25 RBIs. He was a AA Texas League starting All Star, and in the game he tripled and drove in three runs for the winning South.[24][25] Baseball America named him the best defensive catcher in the Texas League.[26] Stubbs was promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in August, where he posted a .221 batting average with four home runs and 37 RBIs; between the two teams he had 11 stolen bases in 11 attempts.[21]

In 2018, MLB Pipeline named Stubbs the 6th-best prospect overall in the Astros' minor league system.[27][28] He played the 2018 season for Fresno, for whom he was a mid-season Pacific Coast League All Star.[29] He batted .310/.382/.455 with four home runs and 38 RBIs with six stolen bases in six attempts, in 297 at bats, while on defense in threw out 45% of attempted basestealers.[30] The Astros added him to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[31]

Stubbs batted .300/.333/.650 in spring training with the Astros in 2019, and was optioned to the team’s minor-league camp on March 9.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Del Mar native Garrett Stubbs wins Bench Award bestowed to nation's top catcher". Del Mar Times. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Korenblatt Named to Jewish Sports Review All-America Team". La Salle University Athletics. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Ron Kaplan (June 15, 2015). "But wait, there's more » Kaplan's Korner on Jews and Sports". New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Garrett Stubbs Bio". University of Southern California Official Athletics. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  5. ^ a b John Maffei (June 28, 2016). "Minors Report: Torrey Pines grad thriving," The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  6. ^ "Del Mar Foundation welcomes back accomplished philanthropist/entrepreneur to board". Del Mar Times. November 28, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "2019 Baseball Roster". USC Athletics. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Maffei, John (April 20, 2015). "Talkin' baseball and brotherly love: Torrey Pines' Garrett and CJ Stubbs play with the same passion". U-T San Diego. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Trojans Host Washington State in Pac-12 Opening Series," University of Southern California Official Athletics, March 16, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "USC catcher Garrett Stubbs packs big game into small body". USA Today. Associated Press. May 27, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "Frederick Shuey Minor Leagues Statistics & History," Baseball-Reference.com.
  12. ^ a b "Garrett Stubbs making a big impact behind the plate for USC," LA Times, May 28, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Jackson, Josh (June 1, 2016). "Cal notes: Stubbs showing diverse skills; JetHawks catcher focused on baseball while exploring other ambitions". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "2015 Pac-12 Conference - Season Review," The Baseball Cube.
  15. ^ a b Julian Lopez (June 26, 2015). "Garrett Stubbs is named Johnny Bench Award winner," Conquest Chronicles.
  16. ^ Klein, Gary (May 27, 2015). "USC catcher Garrett Stubbs voted Pac-12 defensive player of year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  17. ^ Scott Wolf (June 26, 2015). "USC Catcher Garrett Stubbs Wins Johnny Bench Award". Inside USC. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "2015 Draft: Signing and bonus tracker," mlb.com, July 17, 2005.
  19. ^ Mark Berman (June 11, 2015). "USC catcher Garrett Stubbs said he has deal with Astros". Fox 26 Houston. Retrieved June 30, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ Batterson, Steve (July 29, 2015). "Stubbs catching on to pro game with River Bandits". Quad Cities Times. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  21. ^ a b c d "Garrett Stubbs Stats, Highlights, Bio," MiLB.com.
  22. ^ Scott Wolf (July 5, 2016). "Former USC Catcher Garrett Stubbs Makes Class AA Debut". Inside USC. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  23. ^ Andrew Mearns (March 31, 2017). "Garrett Stubbs set a Statcast record for the most ground covered by a catcher," mlb.com.
  24. ^ "Hooks star as South wallops North in TL All-Star Game," Corpus Christi Caller Times, June 27, 2017.
  25. ^ Chris Thomasson (June 26, 2017). "Seven Hooks Head To Texas League All-Star Game," KiiiTV.com.
  26. ^ John Maffei (August 16, 2017). "Former Madison High star Oswalt putting it together," The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  27. ^ "Stubbs' sac fly leads Fresno to 9-4 win over Reno". tucson.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  28. ^ "Astros catching prospect Garrett Stubbs will be ready if needed"
  29. ^ "Garrett Stubbs Stats, Highlights, Bio | MiLB.com Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  30. ^ "Garrett Stubbs Minor & Fall Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  31. ^ Khan, Ana. ""Astros add Garrett Stubbs, Rogelio Armenteros, Bryan Abreu to 40-man roster,"". Houstonchronicle.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  32. ^ "Astros' Garrett Stubbs: Shifts to minor-league camp". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.

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