National Champion, New York Met & Tekmatic Pro Member, Michael Paez
Coastal Carolina Baseball has clinched the first national championship in program history, defeating Arizona 4-3 in Thursday’s Game 3 of the College World Series Finals.
One of the heroes making this boyhood dream come true is TekMatic Pro Member, Michael Paez. Michael has been hitting with TekMatic from his early days, through the time of his clutch performances which earned him a national championship ring. Registering 15 home runs this season he ranked second among NCAA shortstops and was ranked 31st in NCAA Baseball. A two-time Brooks Wallace Award candidate, Michael ranked 17th in the NCAA and lead the Big South with an impressive 62 runs scored. Overall, his batting average was .291 with 17 doubles and 50 RBI. He is a two-time All-Big South selection and was an all-star for the nation’s top summer league in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
“It does feel good,” Paez said of his draft selection. “Some teams looked past me. That’s given me a real chip on my shoulder. I’ve been overlooked my whole life.” Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, “He’s a guy who has been undervalued by the industry because he’s a smaller guy.” “There’s some power with this kid, even in the Cape Cod League with wood bats.” The Mets think he can stay at shortstop but could play second base because of his offense, and they like his swagger — the mark of any good Miami player.
For Paez the transformation has been amazing, from a hitter who never slugged more than five homers in a season at Miami Sunset Sr. High, to leading CCU to their first National Championship. Paez has paid more attention to nutrition, and all his hard work has come to fruition with the call from New York. “I can’t thank the Mets enough, this is a dream come true” Paez said.
Although just a junior, Paez ranks 14th on the CCU all-time runs scored list (152). For his career, Paez is batting .288 with 42 doubles and 25 home runs with 116 RBI, 79 walks and 43 stolen bases. Off the diamond, he was named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll twice for compiling at least a 3.0 grade point average for an academic year and received Dean’s list honors three times at Coastal Carolina.
You’re great on and off the diamond, the true mark of a TekMatic Pro Member. Truly a role model for everyone at TekMatic. We’ll continue to be here for you and will do everything we can to assist you in your ascension to the big show.