Oregon State sophomore Adley Rutschman has been named as one of 16 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.
The 16 semifinalists were announced on Wednesday, and three finalists will be revealed on June 4. The winner of the 2018 honor will be announced on June 28 in Wichita, Kansas.
Rutschman is one of two players from the Pac-12 on the semifinalists list. He leads the Pac-12 and is sixth nationally with a .413 batting average.
The Sherwood native is second in the league with 62 runs batted in, which places him 13th in the NCAA. He’s also hit six home runs and has 37 walks to 25 strikeouts. Defensively, he’s posted a .982 fielding percentage while seeing time at both first base and catcher.