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JOHNNY BENCH AWARDS

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In 2000, the Johnny Bench Award was created by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission to honor college baseball's top NCAA Division I catcher in honor of Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.

In 2019, the award was expanded and permanently relocated to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. In addition to honoring college baseball's top catcher, the awards now honor the top female NCAA softball catcher along with the top baseball and softball catchers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.

On June 18, 2019, this year's winners were honored with an awards luncheon at the FOX Sports Club at Great American Ball Park, along with a special salute during on-field ceremonies prior to the Reds vs. Astros game. Johnny Bench and many of the award winners also hosted a catching clinic for kids ages 8-16 at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy that afternoon.

2019 WINNERS

Please join us in congratulating the 2019 recipients of the Johnny Bench Awards presented by Krylon!

Top male NCAA baseball catcher - Adley Rutschman, Oregon State University

Adley Rutschman is a switch -itting catcher from Sherwood Oregon. Rutschman attended Oregon State University for three seasons winning a National Championship his sophomore season. Rutschman won multiple awards which include Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, College World Series Most Outstanding Player, PAC 12 All First-Team, and has been named a finalist for the Golden Spikes and Buster Posey Awards. Rutschman was the first overall pick in this year's draft and was selected by the Baltimore Orioles.

Top female NCAA softball catcher - Dejah Mulipola, University of Arizona

Dejah Mulipola is a catcher from Garden Grove California. Mulipola attended Pacifica High School and pursued her softball career at Arizona University. Mulipola has been named to First Team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, NFCA First Team All-American, and USA Softball Player of the Year Top 26 Finalist. Mulipola is also a part of the USA National Softball Team and is a gold medal winner.

Top catchers from Ohio

  • Joe Powell, Mason High School (baseball)
  • Samantha Hackenbracht, Massillon Washington High School (softball)

Top catchers from Kentucky

  • Colin Burgess, Tates Creek High School (baseball)
  • Riley Hull, Pulaski County High School (softball)

Top catchers from Indiana

  • Nate Webb, Union County High School (baseball)
  • Grace Lorsung, Cathedral High School (softball)

Top catchers from West Virginia

  • Caleb Taylor, Morgantown High School (baseball)
  • Sophia Mikula, Weir High School (softball)

PREVIOUS WINNERS

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

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.