May 9, 2012 - by
McGee Added To Johnny Bench Watch List

May 9, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( – Florida State’s Stephen McGee was recently added to the Johnny Bench Award watch list as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Tuesday, May 8. The Johnny Bench Award is presented to the top collegiate catcher in the nation.

McGee has been a workhorse for the Seminoles serving as the starting catcher in every game this year. The redshirt sophomore has caught 411 of a possible 429 innings and has done a tremendous job leading a pitching staff that consists of five freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors and three seniors and ranks fourth in the ACC with a team ERA of 3.24. McGee is fielding .982 and is throwing out 33.3 percent of base stealers on the year.

The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native is hitting .248 with eight doubles, 26 RBI and 27 runs scored. McGee leads the team with 13 hit-by-pitches, ranks second with 47 walks and third with an on-base percentage of .461. He ranks tied for second in the ACC in walks and seventh in on-base percentage.

A total of 63 college catchers are represented on the final watch list as the list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced by 5:00 p.m. CST on May 16, 2012.

Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 4, 2012. 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 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28, 2012.

2012 Johnny Bench Award Watch List (updated 5/8/12)
Milan Adams, SR, University of Rhode Island
Will Allen, SO, University of Mississippi
Bo Altobelli, JR, Texas Tech University
Jimmy Best, SR, George Washington University
Pat Cantwell, SR, Stony Brook University
Derrick Chung, SR Sacramento State University
Garrett Custons, JR, United States Air Force Academy
Toby DeMello, SR, Saint Mary’s College
Jeremy Dowdy, SR, Appalachian State University
Josh Elander, JR, Texas Christian University
Carlos Escobar, JR, University of Nevada
Zane Evans, SO, Georgia Tech
Jacob Fisher, SR, Southeastern Louisiana University
Zachary Fisher, JR, New Mexico State University
Chris Forsten, SR, The College of William and Mary
Brett Frantini, SR, Northern Illinois University
Tucker Frawley, SR, Coastal Carolina University
Mitchell Garver, JR University of New Mexico
Richard Gonzalez, FR, Alabama State University
Wes Guenther, SR Brigham Young University
John Hale, SR, Sam Houston State University
Jonathan Harris, JR, Gardner-Webb University
Dillon Haupt, JR, University of San Diego
Tyler Heineman, JR, University of California, Los Angeles
Chris Hoo, SO, Cal Poly
Joe Hudson, JR, University of Notre Dame
Austin Jarvis, SO, Bradley University
Blake Johnson, JR University of Arkansas – Little Rock
Tyler Jones, SR Long Island University
Spencer Kieboom, JR Clemson University
Dan Klein, SR, Kansas State University
Jeremy Lucas, JR, Indiana State University
Josh Ludy, SR, Baylor University
David Lyon, SR, Kent State University
Craig Manuel, SR, Rice University
Stephen McGee, SO, Florida State University
Thor Meeks, SR, Marshall University
Jeff Melillo, JR, Rutgers University
Brad Moss, SR, Samford University
Tom Murphy, JR, University at Buffalo
Peter O’Brien, SR, University of Miami
Joe Pavone, SR, University of Connecticut
Colton Plaia, JR, Loyola Marymount University
Kevin Plawecki, JR, Purdue University
David Roney, SR, Wofford College
Tyler Ross, SO, Louisiana State University
Geoff Rowan, SR, Northwestern University
Santiago Ruiz, SR, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
Jake Saylor, SR, University of Cincinnati
Jeremy Schaffer, SR, Tulane University
Ron Shaeffer, SR, UC Irvine
Dan Sheppard, JR, University of Iowa
Eric Smith, JR, Stanford University
Jacob Stallings, SR, University of North Carolina
James Stanfield, SR, University of Kansas
Andrew Stumph, JR, Texas State University
Alex Swim, JR, Elon University
Steve Tkowski, SR, College of the Holy Cross
Luke Voit, JR, Missouri State University
J.T. Watkins, SR, United States Military Academy (Army)
Matt Wollenzin, SO, Austin Peay State University
Zach Wright, SR, East Carolina University
Mike Zunino, JR, University of Florida


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