Buster Posey Award

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The Buster Posey Award is an award given annually to the best collegiate catcher. The award was first awarded in 2000 and is was originally named the Johnny Bench Award after former catcher Johnny Bench. It was renamed in 2019, to mark the award's 20th attribution, in honor of Buster Posey, its most prominent winner. Posey was still an active player at the time, so it was quite unusual to have such a prestigious award renamed in his honor. He was also considered a more appropriate namesake than Bench, who, for all his greatness, had never played college baseball.

A panel of selected sportscasters, sportswriters, NCAA Division I Head Coaches and professional scouts determine the winner.

Award Winners[edit]

Year Player School
2000 Brad Cresse Louisiana State
2001 Kelly Shoppach Baylor
2002 Jeremy Brown Alabama
2003 Ryan Garko Stanford
2004 Kurt Suzuki Cal State Fullerton
2005 Jeff Clement Southern California
2006 Jake Smith East Carolina
2007 Edward Easley Mississippi State
2008 Buster Posey Florida State
2009 J.T. Wise Oklahoma
2010 Bryan Holaday Texas Christian
2011 Jake Lowery James Madison
2012 Mike Zunino Florida
2013 Stuart Turner Mississippi
2014 Max Pentecost Kennesaw State
2015 Garrett Stubbs USC
2016 Zack Collins Miami
2017 Matt Whatley Oral Roberts
2018 Joey Bart Georgia Tech
2019 Adley Rutschman Oregon State

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