The Buster Posey Award (Formerly: Johnny Bench Award)

The Best College Catcher

The Johnny Bench Award is presented annually to college baseball's top catcher. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission created the award in 2000 and dedicated it to Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench . Division I coaches vote annually for the finalists and during the College World Series the national selection committee elects the winner.

On the 20th anniversary of the award, the commission changed the name of the honor to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award , or in short, the Buster Posey Award. Buster Posey actually won the Johnny Bench Award (2008) himself and hasn't stopped adding an incredibly collection of hardware to his mantle: Rookie of the Year, Silver Sluggers, Gold Gloves & World Series rings.

"This means everything to me (winning the 2006 Johnny Bench Award). Ever since I was out there at camp with those kids today, I can remember when I was in their shoes. I remember working my tail off to get to where I am now." - Jake Smith in The Wichita Eagle (Jeffrey Lutz, 06/29/2006)
Johnny Bench Award

Johnny Bench Award

By Greater Wichita Sports Commission | Johnny Bench Stats

Year

Catcher Name (Quantity)

Position

College

2000

Brad Cresse (1)

Catcher

2001

Catcher

2002

Catcher

2003

Catcher

2004

Catcher

2005

Catcher

2006

Jake Smith (1)

Catcher

2007

Catcher

2008

Catcher

2009

J.T. Wise (1)

Catcher

2010
Catcher
2011
Jake Lowery (1)
Catcher
2012
Catcher
2013
Catcher
2014
Max Pentecost (1)
Catcher
2015
Catcher
2016
Catcher
2017
Matt Whatley (1)
Catcher
2018
Joey Bart (1)
Catcher
Year
Catcher Name (Quantity)
Position
College
Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award

Johnny Bench Award

By Greater Wichita Sports Commission | Buster Posey Stats

Year
Catcher Name (Quantity)
Position
College
2019
Adley Rutschman (1)
Catcher

2020

Not Yet Announced (06-2020)

Catcher

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Year

Catcher Name (Quantity)

Position

College

Johnny Bench Award | Baseball Awards | Research by Baseball Almanac



A rep from the Coleman Company — the official sponsor of the Johnny Bench Award from 2000 through 2018 — usually introduced the winner and during a recent ceremony began with these words about catchers, "The most demanding and dangerous position on a baseball field is the one designated as number '2' on a scorecard - the catcher. Since baseball's earliest days, players in this position have endured daily pain and suffered more injuries. The role of catcher has evolved into a strategic part of the baseball game. Therefore, it is only fitting that the baseball community nationally recognizes the top collegiate catcher."
A breakdown of Johnny Bench Award finalists (not including the winner) by year appears below, because just being named on that list alone is an honor:

2000: Justin Cowan ( University of Nebraska ) & Casey Myers ( Arizona State University ).

2001: Jeremy Brown ( University of Alabama ) & Casey Myers ( Arizona State University ).

2002: Alberto Concepcion ( University of Southern California ) & Chris Snyder ( University of Houston ).

2003: Colt Molton ( North Carolina State University ) & Tony Richie ( Florida State University ).

2004: Chris Iannetta ( University of North Carolina ) & Landon Powell ( University of South Carolina ).

2005: Nick Hundley ( University of Arizona ) & Taylor Teagarden ( University of Texas at Austin ).

2006: Jeff Kunkel ( University of Michigan ) & Eddy Rodriguez ( University of Miami ).

2007: Buster Posey ( Florida State University ) & Matt Wieters ( Georgia Tech ).

2008: Jason Castro ( Stanford University ) & Dock Doyle ( Coastal Carolina University ).

2009: Chris Henderson ( George Mason University ) & Tony Sanchez ( Boston College ).

2010: Yasmani Grandal ( University of Miami ) & Jose Iglesias ( Coastal Carolina University ).

2011: Chris O'Brien ( Wichita State University ) & Mike Zunino ( University of Florida ).

2012: Mitch Garver ( University of New Mexico ) & Kevin Plawecki ( Purdue University ).

2013: Zane Evans ( Georgia Tech ) & Mitch Garver ( University of New Mexico ).

2014: Will Allen ( University of Mississippi ) & Kyle Schwarber ( Indiana University ).

2015: Kade Scivicque ( Louisiana State University ) & Matt Winn ( Virginia Military Institute ).

2016: Logan Ice ( Oregon State University ) & Keith Skinner ( University of North Florida ).

2017: David Banuelos ( Long Beach State University ) & Brent Diaz ( Louisiana Tech University ).

2018: Alex Holderbach ( Eastern Kentucky University ) & Reynaldo Pastrana ( Marshall University ).

The finalists for the Buster Posey Award are below, renamed on April 2, 2019, by the Commission during the 20th Anniversary.

2019: Kyle McCann ( Georgia Tech ) & Eric Yang ( UC Santa Barbara ).

Do you agree with the choices? If you were a member of the Greater Wichita Sports Commission would you have chosen a different player from ANY of the seasons above? Share your opinions on Baseball Fever .
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