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Michael Paez
Michael  Paez

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

High School:
Miami Sunset Senior HS

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 175

Position:
SS

Bats/Throws:
R/R


2016 Preseason All-American:
- 1st Team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball
- 2nd Team PerfectGame.org
- 3rd Team D1Baseball.com
Preseason Big South Player of the Year by D1Baseball.com.

Earned Coastal Carolina Dean's List recognition in Fall 2013, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 ... Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in 2013-14 AND 2014-15 for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the academic years.

2015 (So.): Named second team All-Atlantic Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and first team All-Big South ... Was one of 25 semifinalists for the 2015 Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to the top collegiate shortstop ... Voted to the Big South All-Tournament Team, was named Big South Player of the Week twice in a 16-game span and was recognized as a National Player of the Day (Mar. 27) by D1Baseball.com ... Reached base safely (hit, walk, hit by pitch) in each of his last 13 games of the 2015 season and, overall this season, reached base safely in 54 of 59 games played with streaks of 14 games and 23 games as well ... Among the NCAA leaders, 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) ... Part of 41 double plays as Coastal Carolina finished the season second nationally by turning 66 double plays ... Overall in the Big South statistics, led the league with 16 sacrifice bunts and ranked fifth in hit by pitches (14) and was the only player to rank among the league's top 10 in runs scored (2nd, 58); stolen bases (4th, 19), doubles (7th, 17); on base percentage (6th, .436), slugging percentage (7th, .526) and total bases (8th, 113) ... He additionally ranked second in the league in assists (177), 11th in RBI (42), 12th in walks (29) and 20th in batting average (.326) ... Versus league foes only, he ranked first in slugging percentage (.678); first in runs scored (27); first in total bases (61); second in the conference in batting (.422); second in hits (38); second in on base percentage (.495); third in RBI (24); third in doubles (9); seventh in stolen bases (7) and eighth in home runs (4) ... Summer 2015: Named to Cape Cod Year-end All-League Team and Cape Cod All-Star ... Named Cotuit Kettleers' Offensive MVP as he batted a team-best .295 -- 14th-best in the league ... Also led his team in runs scored (17), hits (38), doubles (7), walks (21) and stolen bases (8). His 17 runs scored tied for 20th-best in the league, his seven doubles tied for 13th, his 21 walks ranked seventh and his eight stolen bases tied for 16th.

2014 (Fr.): Played in 56 of CCU's 57 games, getting 41 starts at shortstop and 13 in center field ... Led the team with 17 stolen bases ... Only batted .245 for the season, but was second on the team with 32 runs scored, fourth with 24 RBI, second with 23 walks and a team-best 12 hit by pitches ... Batted .260 in league play with 13 RBI ... Perhaps CCU's hottest hitter to close the season, going 12-for-32 (.375), including a 4-for-6 game at College of Charleston ... Recorded seven putouts in CF in the Minnesota game ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Elon win, hitting his first collegiate home run ... Was 1-for-3 in CCU's 1-0 win over High Point, driving in the game's only run ... Accounted for all three runs in CCU's 3-2, 11-inning win at #29 North Carolina ... Was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI along with a walk, a hit by pitch, a stolen base and a sac bunt ... Had a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth ... Drove in the tying run in the ninth with a safety squeeze ... Was hit by a pitch in the 11th and scored on a safety squeeze for the game winner ... Backed that up by going 3-for-4 with two RBI in the Radford opener ... Had a career game by going 4-for-6 at College of Charleston, scoring once and driving in two ... Summer 2014: Prospect League All-Star ... Tabbed by Baseball America as the 10th-best pro prospect from the 2014 Prospect League ... Batted .391 in 23 games with 11 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 16 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

Prior to Coastal Carolina: Selected to play in the 2013 South Florida Collegiate League All-Star game ... Named Rawlings second team All-Region ... Four-year starter and three-time All-District 8 ... As a senior, named first team All-Dade County 8A-6A by the Miami Herald ... Batted .400 with three home runs and scored 22 runs ... Ranked 22nd in Dade County among 8A-6A players in batting average ... Added 15 RBI and 15 stolen bases ... Tallied six saves with a 1.62 ERA, striking out 13 in 8.2 innings ... Led the Knights to the 2013 District 8A Championship, the program's first title in its 35-year history... Was a High School Baseball Network All-Star, playing for the Miami-Dade County team ... As a junior, named third team All-Dade County 8A-5A by the Miami Herald ... Posted a .395 batting average with 11 doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and 13 stolen bases ... Credited with four saves ... As a sophomore, tabbed second team All-Dade County 6A by the Miami Herald ... Had a .381 batting average with 12 RBI, 20 stolen bases and five saves ... As a freshman, batted .350 with 18 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

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