LOS ANGELES -- Shortstop Frankie Rios was the first Trojan taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft, drafted in the 17th round, pick 521 overall by the Boston Red Sox.
Rios (Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS) earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2017 after an honorable mention selection in 2016. He led the team this past season with a .354 batting average in 53 games, tallying 13 doubles, good for second-best on the team), two triples, one home run and 26 RBIs. He also led the team with 73 hits and was also outstanding in the field, collecting a .965 fielding percentage as the Trojans finished in the top 15 nationally with a .979 fielding percentage.
Over three seasons in a Trojan uniform, Rios batted .310, starting in 123 games while appearing in 140. He tallied 50 RBIs on 142 hits, with 19 doubles, six triples and three home runs. He has been a regular starter the past two seasons, hitting over .300 in each (.323 in 2016, .354 in 2017). He has also stolen 13 bags (13-of-20) and boasts a fielding percentage over his career of .963. He redshirted the 2015 season due to knee tendonitis.
Rios graduated in May with a degree in sociology.
He is just the first Trojan to be drafted by the Red Sox since catcher Alberto Concepcion was taken in the 21st round by the club in 2002. He is also just the sixth Trojan all-time to be drafted by the storied ball club.
After Rios' selection, the Trojans have had 329 players drafted since the draft's inception in 1965.