Schwarber Named Finalist for Johnny Bench Award
June 3, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior catcher Kyle Schwarber has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Tuesday. The award is presented by BaseballSavings.com and is given to the top Division I catcher in the country.
Schwarber is a finalist along with Mississippi's Will Allen and Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost. 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 17th Annual Greater Wichita Banquet on June 26.
Schwarber finished the 2014 season batting .358 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI with a slugging percentage of .659. In his final eight games for the Hoosiers (Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Regional), the Middletown, Ohio, native batted .469 (15-for-32) with four home runs, 12 RBI and slugged .938 during that stretch. He was named the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament team at the NCAA Bloomington Regional.
About Johnny Bench
Bench's career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13 consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth highest percentage of total votes cast.
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