COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State's Jacob Barnwell was named to the 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch List presented by BaseballSavings.com, announced Tuesday by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.
Because the award is given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher, the list will be updated to include other candidates until April 30, 2018. Ninety-seven catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches.
Barnwell has appeared in 77 games with 66 starts, including 64 starts from behind the dish. He is hitting .287 (10-for-41) with eight run scored, four doubles, six RBI and six walks in 10 games in 2018. A year ago he had 43 hits in 169 at-bats, collecting 10 extra-base with seven doubles and 14 RBI. He also went 7-for-10 in stolen bases. He threw out 11 base runners too.
The native of Catlettsburg, Ky., Barnwell becomes the sixth Buckeye to be named to the watch list: Derek Kinnear (2003), Eric Fryer (2007), Dan Burkhart (2009 and 2010), Aaron Gretz (2015) and Jalen Washington (2016).
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16, 2018. 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, 2018. 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 21st Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28, 2018.
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