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 to include a top college softball winner, as well as regional high school baseball and softball honorees from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia and permanently relocated the trophy 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.
All ten winners were invited to virtually receive their award the evening of June 24, 2020. The awards are presented by MSA Sport and Ohio’s 529 Plan CollegeAdvantage.
2020 DRAFT NOTE: Patrick Bailey was selected by the San Francisco Giants with the No. 13 overall pick in the first round.
|Patrick Bailey||NC State University||Baseball|
|Morganne Flores||University of Washington||Softball|
|Mason Sawyer||Bishop Hartley High School (OH)||Baseball|
|Zoie Smith||Pickerington High School Central (OH)||Softball|
|Grant Knipp||Louisville Male High School (KY)||Baseball|
|Taylor Jackson||Oldham County High School (KY)||Softball|
|Dalton Back||Columbus East High School (IN)||Baseball|
|Taryn Weddle||Floyd Central High School (IN)||Softball|
|Eli Kirkendoll||Lincoln County High School (WV)||Baseball|
|Jess Canterbury||Herbert Hoover High School (WV)||Softball|
2019 DRAFT NOTE: Adley Rutschman was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round.
|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|
|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|