McGee Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
The Seminole catcher is hitting .295 with a perfect fielding percentage in 15 games this year.
March 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's Stephen McGee is one of 48 catchers named to the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Monday, March 11.
McGee has started all 15 games, including 14 from behind the plate, in directing the Seminoles to a 15-0 start for just the third time in school history. The junior catcher has played a key role in guiding the Seminole pitching staff that currently leads the ACC with a team ERA of 1.73 through the fourth week of the season.
The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native has posted a perfect fielding percentage in 115 chances from behind the plate as he has caught 109 of a possible 135 innings in 2013.
McGee has also produced offensively through the early part of the season hitting .295 with 13 hits including four doubles and two home runs. He has also scored 14 times and tallied 13 RBI. McGee sits second on the team in walks with 16, home runs and on-base percentage (.508).
The watch list for the Bench Award will be updated to include other candidates through May 6 and will then be narrowed down to the semifinalists on 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 on June 4.
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.
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Blake Austin, JR, Auburn University
Brett Austin, SO, North Carolina State University
Dan Bethea, SR, St. John's University
Austin Bossart, SO, University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Breen, SR, University of Central Florida
Garrett Custons, SR, Air Force Academy
Mike Danaher, SR, Binghamton University
Blair DeBord, JR, Kansas State University
Brian Dixon, JR, University of New Orleans
Kaiana Eldredge, JR, University of Kansas
Zane Evans, JR, Georgia Tech
Drew Farber, JR, UNC Wilmington
Jacob Felts, JR, University of Texas
Aramis Garcia, SO, Florida International University
Mitchell Garver, SR, University of New Mexico
Kyle Gibson, JR, University of Louisville
Grayson Greiner, SO, University of South Carolina
Radley Haddad, SR, Butler University
Chris Hoo, JR, Cal Poly
Nate Irving, SO, University of Virginia
Blake Johnson, SR, Arkansas-Little Rock
Jose Longoria, SR, Grambling State University
Adam Martin, JR, Western Carolina University
Stephen McGee, JR, Florida State University
Riley Moore, SO, University of Arizona
Spencer Navin, JR, Vanderbilt University
Grant Nelson, SR, Saint Louis University
Ramon Ortega, SR, Manhattan College
Matt Paré, SR, Boston College
Jordan Parris, JR, Tennessee Tech University
Colton Plaia, SR, Loyola Marymount University
Jake Rodriguez, JR, Oregon State University
Tyler Ross, JR, Louisiana State University
Tanner Rust, JR, New Mexico State University
Scott Sarratt, SR, Georgia State University
Brandon Schott, SR, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Kyle Schwarber, SO, Indiana University
Ronnie Shaeffer, SR, UC Irvine
Adam Sonabend, JR, Eastern Michigan University
Elvin Soto, SO, University of Pittsburgh
Michael Spano, SR, Florida Atlantic University
Andrew Stumph, SR, Texas State University
Alex Swim, SR, Elon University
Stuart Turner, JR, University of Mississippi
Luke Voit, SR, Missouri State University
Matt Winn, SO, Virginia Military Institute
Jake Wise, JR, University of Arkansas
Mack Zagunis, SO, Virginia Tech