Johnny Bench Award

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Johnny Bench Award
Bench Johnny.jpg
Johnny Bench, the namesake of the award
Award details
Given for Best catcher in NCAA's Division I
Sponsored by BaseballSavings
Country United States
Presented by Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission
First award 2000
Most recent Zack Collins, Miami

The Johnny Bench Award was created in 2000 to honor college baseball's top catcher in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The award is administered by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and presented after the conclusion of the College World Series. Johnny Bench, who by some is considered to be the best defensive catcher in baseball history, agreed to be the namesake for the annual award. In 2012, became the official sponsor of The Johnny Bench Award.

Schools nominate their catchers during the season to create the official watch list. A select committee of 20 individuals narrows the watch list down to the semifinalists. Two rounds of voting by Division I head coaches determine the three finalists and eventual recipient of the Johnny Bench Award.

Past winners[edit]

Garrett Stubbs (left), with Johnny Bench.
Year Links to the article about the corresponding baseball year
Player Name of the player
School The player's college when he won the award
Class The player's year in college when he won the award
^ Player won the Rookie of the Year Award[a]
§ Player also won the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy in the same year
footnote Player is active[b]
Year Name School Class Ref(s)
2000 Cresse, BradBrad Cresse Louisiana State Senior [1][2]
2001 Shoppach, KellyKelly Shoppach Baylor Junior [3]
2002 Brown, JeremyJeremy Brown Alabama Senior [4]
2003 Garko, RyanRyan Garko Stanford Junior [5]
2004 Suzuki, KurtKurt Suzukidouble-dagger Cal State Fullerton Junior [6]
2005 Clement, JeffJeff Clement Southern California Junior [7]
2006 Smith, JakeJake Smith East Carolina Senior [8]
2007 Easley, EdEd Easleydouble-dagger Mississippi State Junior [9]
2008 Posey, BusterBuster Poseydouble-dagger§^ Florida State Junior [10]
2009 Wise, J. T.J. T. Wisedouble-dagger Oklahoma Senior [11]
2010 Holaday, BryanBryan Holadaydouble-dagger Texas Christian Senior [12][13]
2011 Lowery, JakeJake Lowerydouble-dagger James Madison Junior [14]
2012 Zunino, MikeMike Zuninodouble-dagger§ Florida Junior [15]
2013 Turner, StuartStuart Turnerdouble-dagger Ole Miss Junior [16]
2014 Pentecost, MaxMax Pentecostdouble-dagger Kennesaw State Junior [17]
2015 Stubbs, GarrettGarrett Stubbsdouble-dagger Southern California Senior [18]
2016 Collins, ZackZack Collinsdouble-dagger Miami Junior [19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Won either in the same year or several years later.
  2. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.


  1. ^ "Cresse captures collegiate catcher honor". The Advocate. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. June 21, 2000. Retrieved June 30, 2015.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "LSU'S Cresse Wins First Johnny Bench Award, Hall of Fame Catcher's Appearance Highlights Greater Wichita Sports Banquet". Wichita Eagle. June 21, 2000. p. 1C. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ Edes, Gordon (July 19, 2001). "He Gets Schooled In The Business Negotiation Major Challenge For Pick". Boston Globe. p. C6. Retrieved March 16, 2013.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Tide's Brown wins Johnny Bench Award". The Gadsden Times. June 27, 2002. p. B5. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Stanford Catcher is Bench Winner, -- Ryan Garko is NAmed Top Collegiate Catcher, And Maize Sweeps Awards For High School Athletes of the Year". Wichita Eagle. June 25, 2003. p. 1D. Retrieved June 30, 2015.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Suzuki saluted with major award". USA Today. September 16, 2004. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jeff Clement Wins 2005 Johnny Bench Award - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site". June 30, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Mark " Football Recruiting - ECU Catcher Jake Smith wins Johnny Bench Award". Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mississippi State's Easley wins Johnny Bench Award". USA Today. June 28, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Buster Posey Recipient Of Johnny Bench Award". FSU Seminoles. June 27, 2008. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wise Wins Bench Award". Wichita Eagle. June 27, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2010.  (subscription required)
  12. ^ Sports, Wfaa (July 1, 2010). "Holaday Wins 2010 Johnny Bench Award | Dallas – Fort Worth". Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ Jason Beck / "Holaday has great day in rare start for Detroit | News". Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Lowery Wins Johnny Bench Award". Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  15. ^ Stone, Larry. "Mariners' Mike Zunino dazzles in first big-league camp | Sports". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  16. ^ Jeffrey Lutz (June 28, 2013). "Mississippi catcher Stuart Turner wins Johnny Bench Award". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lutz, Jeffrey (June 26, 2014). "Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost wins Johnny Bench Award". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Del Mar native Garrett Stubbs wins Bench Award bestowed to nation’s top catcher". Del Mar Times. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  19. ^ Richardson, Shandel (July 1, 2016). "UM catcher Zack Collins wins Johnny Bench award". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 

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