Beaver outfielders chosen to all-time unit
SAN FRANCISCO — Michael Conforto and Jacoby Ellsbury are in pretty good company.
The two former Oregon State outfielders were named to the Pac-12 Conference’s All-Century Baseball Team, as the league celebrates its 100 years this season.
Conforto and Ellsbury, both All-Americans during their tenure in Corvallis, are part of the All-Century outfield that includes Barry Bonds, Fred Lynn, Terry Francona, Mike Kelly and Oddibe McDowell.
Conforto was Oregon State’s first three-time All-American and was the 2013 and '14 Pac-12 Player of the Year. Those honors followed his 2012 recognition as Freshman of the Year after breaking Oregon State’s single-season RBI record with 76.
The Washington native concluded his Oregon State career with a program-record 179 RBIs. He’s tied for first with 120 walks, and stands second with 372 total bases, third with 31 home runs, tied for fourth with 44 doubles, fifth with 227 hits, sixth with 145 runs and ninth with a .557 slugging percentage.
Conforto was selected in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft by the New York Mets. His 10th overall selection is the highest ever for an Oregon State player. He reached the Majors with the Mets last season and hit two home runs in the World Series as New York fell in five games to the Kansas City Royals.
Ellsbury patrolled the Oregon State outfield from 2003-05, earning All-American honors as a junior after helping lead the Beavers to the College World Series. He was named the then-Pac-10’s Player of the Year in 2005, the program’s first since the league unified prior to the 1999 season.
He had one of the most impressive seasons in school history in 2005, batting .406, which stands as the third-best single-season mark at Oregon State. He finished with a program-best 99 hits and tallied 19 doubles to go along with 26 stolen bases.
Ellsbury, an Oregon native, finished his career with a .365 batting average, which is the third-best mark at Oregon State. He tallied 236 hits, good for second, to go along with a program-record 168 runs. He also tripled eight times (tied for eighth), recorded 337 total bases (fifth) and is second with 60 stolen bases.
Ellsbury was selected in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Boston Red Sox and made his MLB debut in 2007, helping the club to the World Series championship that year. He became a two-time World Series winner with the Red Sox taking the title in 2013.