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JOHNNY BENCH AWARDS

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

For two decades, the Johnny Bench Award was presented to college baseball's top NCAA Division I catcher. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission created the award in 2000 and dedicated it to Hall of Fame and Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.

In 2019, the award was expanded and permanently relocated to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Reds Scouting Department provides input on the baseball categories. The awards committee determines each winner with support from local media from each state.

The Bench Awards will honor:

  • Top male NCAA baseball catcher
  • Top female NCAA softball catcher
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from Ohio high schools
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from Kentucky high schools
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from Indiana high schools
  • Top baseball and softball catchers from West Virginia high schools

All ten winners will be invited to Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 7 for an awards luncheon at Great American Ball Park, followed by a catching clinic at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy and a pregame ceremony prior to the Reds vs. Cleveland Indians game at 7:10 p.m.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2019 Winners

School

Sport

Adley Rutschman

Oregon State University

Baseball

Dejah Mulipola

University of Arizona

Softball

Joe Powell

Mason High School (OH)

Baseball

Samantha Hackenbracht

Massillion Washington High School (OH)

Softball

Colin Burgess

Tates Creek High School (KY)

Baseball

Riley Hull

Pulaski County High School (KY)

Softball

Nate Webb

Union County High School (IN)

Baseball

Grace Lorsung

Cathedral High School (IN)

Softball

Caleb Taylor

Morgantown High School (WV)

Baseball

Sofia Mikula

Weir High School (WV)

Softball

Year

Name

College

Drafted By

2018

Joey Bart

Georgia Institute of Technology

San Francisco Giants

2017

Matt Whatley

Oral Roberts University

Texas Rangers

2016

Zack Collins

University of Miami

Chicago White Sox

2015

Garrett Stubbs

University of Sothern California

Houston Astros

2014

Max Pentecost

Kennesaw State University

Toronto Blue Jays

2013

Stuart Turner

University of Mississippi

Minnesota Twins

2012

Mike Zunino

University of Florida

Seattle Mariners

2011

Jake Lowery

James Madison University

Cleveland Indians

2010

Bryan Holaday

Texas Christian University

Detroit Tigers

2009

J.T. Wise

University of Oklahoma

Los Angeles Dodgers

2008

Buster Posey

Florida State University

San Francisco Giants

2007

Ed Easley

Mississippi State University

Arizona Diamondbacks

2006

Jake Smith

East Carolina University

Oakland Athletics

2005

Jeff Clement

University of Southern California

Seattle Mariners

2004

Kurt Suzuki

Cal State Fullerton

Oakland Athletics

2003

Ryan Garko

Stanford University

Cleveland Indians

2002

Jeremy Brown

University of Alabama

Oakland Athletics

2001

Kelly Shoppach

Baylor University

Boston Red Sox

2000

Brad Cresse

Louisiana State University

Arizona Diamondbacks

LUNCHEON DETAILS

  • Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
  • Location: FOX Sports Club at Great American Ball Park
    • 100 Joe Nuxhall Way Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Time:
    • Luncheon 12 p.m.
    • Awards Program 1 p.m.
  • Pricing:
    • Individual: $125 includes lunch
    • Full table (8): $3,500 includes preferred, reserved seating, lunch, VIP Meet & Greet with Johnny Bench prior to event and Reds goodie bags for each guest

For more information or to register for the Johnny Bench Awards Luncheon, please contact Sara Ingram at [email protected] or 513-765-7240.

COACHING CLINIC

REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MAY 2020. PLEASE CHECK BACK.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Sorry, no exceptions. This means once we receive your registration, you are unable to receive a refund if you cannot participate. This No Refunds Policy applies even if the Event is cancelled for any reason. If this occurs, your registration fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation to the Reds Community Fund to be utilized for one of their many outreach initiatives.