May 15, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Buster Posey is having one of those seasons that many college baseball players only dream of having. And it certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed as the junior catcher was named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Trophy this week.
Posey currently leads the nation in five offensive statistical categories including batting average (.469), hits (91), total bases (165), on-base percentage (.571) and slugging percentage (.851). He also ranks in the top 10 in runs per game (6th) and total runs scored (3rd).
In the ACC, the junior catcher also leads in eight categories while ranking in the top 10 in three others. He joins teammate Jack Rye as the only two players in the league with a current batting average over .400.
Posey has also had a stellar season on the defensive end posting a .981 fielding percentage with 48 starts behind the plate. He is throwing out 42.0 percent of would be base stealers on the year while registering six pick offs. The right hander has also made seven appearances on the mound and is a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities. Posey has struck out eight batters and has not allowed a run in 6.1 innings of work.
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, released its list of 16 semifinalists for the 2008 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The winner will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award.
Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced its list of 12 semifinalists for the 2008 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by AT&T and Papa John’s Pizza. The award is presented annually at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet to the nation’s top collegiate catcher as voted on by the national voting committee which is comprised of sportswriters, sportscasters, Division I coaches and scouts.
Posey finished second in the balloting for the Bench Award a season ago as he became the first sophomore to be in the running for the top catcher in the nation. Finalists for the award will be named on June 3 while the winner will be announced on June 27 at the 11th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet in Wichita, Kan.