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.
By Greater Wichita Sports Commission | Johnny Bench Stats
Brad Cresse (1)
Kelly Shoppach (1)
Jeremy Brown (1)
Ryan Garko (1)
Kurt Suzuki (1)
Jeff Clement (1)
Jake Smith (1)
Ed Easley (1)
Buster Posey (1)
J.T. Wise (1)
By Greater Wichita Sports Commission | Buster Posey Stats
Not Yet Announced (06-2020)
Catcher Name (Quantity)
Johnny Bench Award | Baseball Awards | Research by Baseball Almanac
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2016: Logan Ice ( Oregon State University ) & Keith Skinner ( University of North Florida ).
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.