Coastal’s Paez makes his second All-American team

ccubase-Michael Paez vs WKU 1Coastal Carolina junior shortstop Michael Paez (Miami, Fla./Sunset HS) was named to the Perfect Game 2016 Preseason All-American second team, it was announced today. Last month, Paez was a first team selection to the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season All-American squad.

Paez batted .326 last season while being selected first team All-Big South and second team All-Atlantic Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association as well as being one of 25 semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award for the nation’s top shortstop.

Among the NCAA leaders last season, Paez ranked 11th in sacrifice bunts (16), 43rd in runs scored (58), 69th in hit by pitches (14), 81st in stolen bases (19), 125th in doubles (17), 157th in on base percentage (.436), 189th in total bases (113), 194th in home runs (8) and 212th in slugging percentage (.526).

Paez reached base safely (by hit, walk, hit by pitch) in each of his last 13 games of the 2015 season and, overall last season, reached base safely in 54 of 59 games played with additional streaks of 14 games and 23 games as well.

In addition to his offensive prowess, Paez ranked second in the Big South with 177 assists and he was part of 41 double plays as Coastal Carolina finished the season second nationally by turning 66 double plays.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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