Pac-10 Baseball Awards and All-Conference Team
May 28, 2002
USC'S ALBERTO CONCEPCION NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR
STANFORD'S JEREMY GUTHRIE NAMED PITCHER OF THE YEAR
UCLA'S WES WHISLER NAMED FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
USC'S MIKE GILLESPIE EARNS COACH OF THE YEAR
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC junior catcher Alberto Concepcion was named the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Year, while STANFORD junior right-hander Jeremy Guthrie earned Pitcher of the Year honors in a vote by the conference baseball coaches. UCLA's Wes Whisler was named Freshman of the Year. USC skipper Mike Gillespie earned the Coach of the Year honor after leading the Trojans to their second consecutive Pac-10 title, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Concepcion, from El Segundo, Calif., led USC in several offensive statistical categories, including batting average (.383), hits (82), doubles (20), triples (4), total bases (143) and on-base percentage (.482). He also ranked among Conference leaders in batting average (2nd), on-base percentage (2nd), doubles (2nd), total bases (2nd), hits (3rd), triples (t4th), slugging percentage (.668, 5th) and runs (56, 7th). Concepcion becomes just the fourth Trojan to ever earn the Pac-10 Player of the Year honor. He is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2002 Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top collegiate catcher.
Guthrie, from Ashland, Ore., led the Cardinal with a 10-1 record and 2.52 ERA, best in the Pac-10. He paces the league in strikeouts (115) and opposing batting average (.235) and also ranks among Pac-10 leaders in innings pitched (121.1, 2nd) and wins (10, 2nd). His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 115-27. The Golden Spikes Award finalist has recorded four complete games and currently has a streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings. Guthrie is the sixth Cardinal to earn the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year award.
Whisler, from Noblesville, Ind., put up impressive statistics for the Bruins. He is tied for the club lead with 18 home runs and paces the team with a .684 slugging percentage. He is also tied for first in the league in home runs, while his slugging percentage ranks third. He broke the UCLA freshman home run record when he hit his 16th round-tripper of the season at Cal State Fullerton last Tuesday. Whisler did double-duty for the Bruins playing first base when he was not their starting pitcher. He ranks eighth in the Conference with a 4.06 ERA and led UCLA with 59 strikeouts.
Gillespie earned his fourth Coach of the Year award after leading the squad to its first back-to-back Pac-10 Championships since 1995 and 1996. USC has now won five Pac-10 titles under Gillespie's reign. He has led the Trojans to playoff spots in 14 of his 16 seasons, including USC's record-setting 12th national title in 1998. This season he led the Trojans to a 34-22 overall record and 17-7 Conference mark. He has a career record of 642-354-2 (.644) at USC.
Complete list of Conference honors:
PLAYER OF THE YEARAlberto Concepcion, USC
PITCHER OF THE YEARJeremy Guthrie, STANFORD
FRESHMAN OF THE YEARWes Whisler, UCLA
COACH OF THE YEARMike Gillespie, USC
Name School Pos Yr Ht Wt HometownBrian Barden (2) OSU 3B Jr. 5-11 195 Bonita, Calif.John Baker CAL C Jr. 6-1 220 Walnut Creek, Calif.Brian Barre (2) USC CF Sr. 5-9 185 Garden Grove, Calif.Jason Cooper STAN UT Jr. 6-2 210 Moses Lake, Wash.Tyler Davidson WASH RF Jr. 6-4 245 Edmonds, Wash.Andre Ethier ASU OF So. 6-3 175 Phoenix, Ariz.Sam Fuld (2) STAN OF So. 5-10 180 Durham, N.H.Ryan Garko STAN C Jr. 6-2 235 Walnut, Calif.Bookie Gates WSU 2B Sr. 6-1 198 Seattle, Wash.Brad Hassey ARIZ SS Sr. 5-10 165 Tucson, Ariz.Conor Jackson CAL 1B So. 6-3 205 Woodland Hills, Calif.Shawn Kohn WASH RHP Sr. 6-3 205 Woodinville, Wash.Joey Metropoulos USC DH Fr. 6-1 230 Spring Valley, Calif.Chris O'Riordan (2) STAN 2B Sr. 5-9 180 San Diego, Calif.Bill Peavey USC 1B Sr. 6-4 240 Brisbane, Calif.Dustin Pedroia ASU INF Fr. 5-8 157 Woodland, Calif.Carlos Quentin (2) STAN OF So. 6-2 215 Chula Vista, Calif.Anthony Reyes USC RHP Jr. 6-2 215 Whittier, Calif.Jeremy West ASU 1B So. 6-0 200 Las Vegas, Nev.Wes Whisler UCLA LHP/1B Fr. 6-5 227 Noblesville, Ind.
(2) - Two-time All-Conference selection.
Honorable Mention: Josh Arhart, Sr., UCLA; Adam Berry, Sr., UCLA; Eddie Bonine, Jr., WSU; Matt Brown, So., CAL; Derek Bruce, Fr., WSU; Cory Campos, Jr., USC; Cesar Castillo, Sr., ASU; Chris Cunningham, Sr., ARIZ; Tim Cunningham, Jr., STAN; Michael Done, Sr., WASH; Moises Duran, So., ARIZ; Mike Esposito, So., ASU; Ben Francisco, Jr., UCLA; Sergio Garcia, Sr., ASU; Steve Garrabrants, So., ASU; Jay Garthwaite, Jr., WASH; Casey Grzecka, Sr., UCLA; John Hardy, Fr., ARIZ; Justin Hart, So., WSU; Aaron Hathaway, Fr., WASH; Evan Hecker, Sr., WSU; John Hudgins, So., STAN; Will Hudson, Jr., OSU; Brandon Hundt, Jr., WSU; Trevor Hutchinson, Sr., CAL; Greg Isaacson, So., WASH; Andy Jarvis, Jr., OSU; Ty Kline, Jr., OSU; Mike Kunes, Jr., UCLA; Jeff Larish, Fr., ASU; Kyle Larsen, Fr., WASH; Jeff LaRue, Jr., WSU; Jered Liebeck, Jr., ASU; Anthony Lunetta, Jr., USC; Aaron Mathews, Fr., OSU; Robbie McClellan, Jr., ASU; Michael Moon, So., USC; Nick Mosich, Jr., USC; David Nicholson, Fr., CAL; Seth Pietsch, So., OSU; Ryan Rasmussen, Sr., UCLA; Tila Reynolds, Jr., WASH; Jared Sanders, So., OSU; Ryan Schroyer, So., ASU; Jon Sheaffer, Sr., ASU; Andy Topham, Sr., STAN; Carson White, Sr., CAL; Sean White, Jr., WASH.