JOHNNY BENCH AWARD
WINNERS AND NEWS
2017 COLLEGE CATCHER OF THE YEAR
· ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY
· DRAFTED BY THE TEXAS RANGERS IN THE 3RD ROUND
- David Banuelos, Long Beach State
- Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 5th round.
- Brent Diaz, Louisiana Tech
- Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 29th round.
2000 – Brad Cresse, Louisiana State University
2001 - Kelly Shoppach, Baylor University
2002 – Jeremy Brown, University of Alabama
2003 - Ryan Garko, Stanford University
2004 - Kurt Suzuki, Cal State Fullerton
2005 - Jeff Clement, University of Southern California
2006 - Jake Smith, East Carolina University
2007 - Edward Easley, Mississippi State
2008 - Buster Posey, Florida State University
2009 - J.T. Wise, University of Oklahoma
2010 - Bryan Holaday, Texas Christian University
2011 - Jake Lowery, James Madison University
2012 - Mike Zunino, University of Florida
2013 - Stuart Turner, University of Mississippi
2014 - Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State University
2015 - Garrett Stubbs, University of Southern California
2016 - Zack Collins, University of Miami
These catchers are recent recipients of the Johnny Bench Award and currently regarded as potentially major league players for their respective organizations. Follow them on their journey to the big leagues.
Zack Collins, 2016
Photo by Chicago Sun Times
CHI White Sox #7 Prospect
After helping the Hurricanes reach the 2015 and 2016 College World Series, Collins finished his first professional baseball season landing in Double-A. With slugging potential and patience at the plate, this #6 All Catchers prospect looks to improve his backstop abilities to MLB caliber.
Garrett Stubbs, 2015
Photo by Houston Chronicle
Hou Astros #8 Prospect
Stubbs made significant improvements at the end of his collegiate career to batting average and stolen bases, as well as being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the year. His athleticism behind the plate with plus arm strength makes him a versatile option for the reigning World Champions organization.
Max Pentecost, 2014
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TOR Blue Jays #8 Prospect
Max became the highest overall pick our of his college program history at #11, and is aghitting his way through the Blue Jays system despite shoulder injuries. He is among a crop of players the Toronto organization looks to roll out in 2019 with fellow top prospects Guerrero Jr. and Bichette.