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Chase Fowler Added to 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List

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Southern Miss senior catcher Chase Fowler (Cumming, Ga.) has been added to the official watch list for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award, presented by BaseballSavings.com and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, for the top catcher in collegiate baseball.

Fowler has led the team most of the year offensively and currently ranks second on the squad in hitting (.331) and is first in triples with three. He ranks third in the number of multi-hit contests with 13 (10, two-hit and 3, three-hit) and first in multi-RBI affairs with seven (4, two-RBI and 3, three-RBI).

 

In addition, Fowler has hit safely in 33 of 43 contests and has had hitting streaks of nine and eight games. Last month, he was named the C-USA Hitter of the Week (Apr. 15), helping lead the Golden Eagles to their only 5-0 week of the season.

 

With the backup catcher hurt for most of the year, he has not taken many rests from behind the plate this season, starting in 43 games. He has allowed only two passed ball and has thrown out 20-of-34 potential bases stealers (.588).

 

The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16, 2013. 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, 2013. 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 27, 2013.

 

Bench's career honors include: National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. In 1980, he set an endurance record by catching 100+ games for 13 consecutive seasons. Bench was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 1989 with the fourth highest percentage of total votes cast.

 

2013 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com Watch List

 

Blake Austin                    Jr.                Auburn

Brett Austin                     So.              North Carolina State

Tyler Baker                      So.              Wichita State

Caleb Barker                    Jr.                Houston

Corey Bass                        Sr                North Florida

Dan Bethea                       Sr.               St. John's

Brett Booth                      Sr.               Alabama

John Bormann                 So.              UTSA

Austin Bossart                So.              Pennsylvania

Garrett Boulware          So .             Clemson

Ryan Breen                      Sr.               UCF

Jack Cleary                        Sr.               Maryland

Garrett Custons              Sr.               Air Force

Mike Danaher                  Sr.               Binghamton

Blair DeBord                    Jr.                Kansas State

Michael DeLucia             Sr.               Campbell

Brian Dixon                      Jr.                New Orleans

Kaiana Eldredge             Jr.                Kansas

Zane Evans                       Jr.                Georgia Tech

Drew Farber                    Jr.                UNC Wilmington

Jacob Felts                        Jr.                Texas

Alan Filauro                     Sr.               West Virginia

Chase Fowler                   Sr.               Southern Miss

Aramis Garcia                 So.              FIU

Mitchell Garver               Sr.               New Mexico

Kyle Gibson                      Jr.                Louisville

Richard Gonzalez           So.              Alabama State

Grayson Greiner             So.              South Carolina

Radley Haddad               Sr.               Butler

Sean Hagen                      Jr.                Eastern Kentucky

John Harris                       Sr.               Gardner Webb

Dillon Haupt                    Sr.               San Diego

Nate Irving                       So.              Virginia

Blake Johnson                  Sr.               Arkansas-Little Rock

Jose Longoria                   Sr.               Grambling State

Adam Martin                   Jr.                Western Carolina

Stephen McGee               Jr.                Florida State

Jeff Melillo                         Sr.               Rutgers

James Miglin                    Jr.                Toledo

Riley Moore                      So.              Arizona

Jackson Morrow              Jr.                UC Santa Barbara

Spencer Navin                 Jr.                Vanderbilt

Grant Nelson                   Sr.               Saint Louis

Brian O'Keefe                  So.              Saint Joseph's

Ramon Ortega                 Sr.               Manhattan

Matt Paré                          Sr.               Boston College

Andrew Parker               Sr.               Towson

Jordan Parris                   Jr.                Tennessee Tech

Max Pentecost                 So.              Kennesaw State

Colton Plaia                      Sr.               Loyola Marymount

Matt Reistetter               Jr.                Hofstra

Jake Rodriguez                Jr.                Oregon State

Jake Romanski                 Sr.               San Diego State

Victor Romero                 Sr.               Oklahoma State

Mike Rosenfeld               Jr.                Duke

Tyler Ross                         Jr.                LSU

Tanner Rust                     Jr.                New Mexico State

Scott Sarratt                     Sr.               Georgia State

Brandon Schott               Sr.               Maryland-Eastern Shore

Kyle Schwarber              So.              Indiana

Ronnie Shaeffer              Sr.               UC Irvine

Adam Sonabend             Jr.                Eastern Michigan

Elvin Soto                          So.              Pittsburgh

Josh Spano                        So.              High Point

Michael Spano                 Sr.               Florida Atlantic

Andrew Stumph             Sr.               Texas State

Alex Swim                         Sr.               Elon

P.J. Torres                          Jr.                Austin Peay

Stuart Turner                  Jr.                Ole Miss

Luke Voit                           Sr.               Missouri State

Travis Watkins                Fr,              East Carolina

Trey Wimmer                  Sr.               Liberty

Matt Winn                         So.              VMI

Jake Wise                           Jr.                Arkansas

Mack Zagunis                   So.              Virginia Tech

Shane Zeile                       So.              UCLA

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