The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced the twelve semifinalists for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
The Johnny Bench Award semifinalists are (in alphabetical order):
- Derrick Chung, Sacramento State;
- Zachary Fisher, New Mexico State;
- Tucker Frawley, Coastal Carolina;
- Mitchell Garver, New Mexico;
- Tyler Heineman, UCLA;
- Joe Hudson, Notre Dame;
- Jeremy Lucas, Indiana State;
- Josh Ludy, Baylor;
- Jeff Melillo, Rutgers;
- Kevin Plawecki, Purdue;
- Jeremy Schaffer, Tulane and
- Mike Zunino, Florida.
Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 4, 2012. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28, 2012.
Previous winners were:
2011 Jake Lowery, James Madison University
2010 Bryan Holaday, Texas Christian University
2009 J.T. Wise, University of Oklahoma
2008 Buster Posey, Florida State University
2007 Edward Easley, Mississippi State University
2006 Jake Smith, East Carolina University
2005 Jeff Clement, University of Southern California
2004 Kurt Suzuki, Cal State – Fullerton
2003 Ryan Garko, Stanford University
2002 Jeremy Brown, University of Alabama
2001 Kelly Shoppach, Baylor University
2000 Brad Cresse, Louisiana State University
Read the original article on the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission website.