May 16, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina senior Tucker Frawley is one of 12 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, which annually goes to the top collegiate catcher. The award is given by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission and presented by BaseballSavings.com.
Frawley (Lexington / Lexington HS) is the third Chanticleer catcher to be a Johnny Bench Award nominee and looks to join former All-Americans Dock Doyle (2008) and Jose Iglesias (2010) as one of the three finalists for the prestigious award. (Frawley was a redshirt freshman in 2008 with Doyle and was Iglesias' backup in 2010.)
Frawley has thrown out 22 of 40 base runners this season and picked seven runners off the base paths. He is batting .301 and has reached base safely in 42 of 50 games started this season. An "Iron Man" behind the plate, Frawley has been called upon to catch 89 percent of the team's innings this season and has only had one game that he did not see action.
A coach on the field, Frawley handles a pitching staff that has led the NCAA in ERA for the last five consecutive weeks and the team has ranked no lower than third in ERA in nine of the 11 ranking periods this season. That feat is even more impressive as the majority of the staff is comprised of four freshman, one sophomore, two junior college transfers and three juniors. (One of those juniors, projected high draft pick Josh Conway, was lost midway through the season to injury.)
In addition to excelling on the field, Frawley is a standout in the classroom. He graduated magna cum laude on May 5 with a 3.94 GPA in physics. He is a two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Region selection and Academic All-Big South.
Ballots will be sent to a national voting panel in May and this year's three finalists will be announced June 4. A final vote will occur at the NCAA College World Series and the winner, with all three finalists on hand, will be announced at the 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28.
The 2012 Johnny Bench Award Semifinalists:
Derrick Chung, Sacramento State
Zachary Fisher, New Mexico State
Tucker Frawley, Coastal Carolina
Mitchell Garver, New Mexico
Tyler Heineman, UCLA
Joe Hudson, Notre Dame
Jeremy Lucas, Indiana State
Josh Ludy, Baylor
Jeff Melillo, Rutgers
Kevin Plawecki, Purdue
Jeremy Schaffer, Tulane
Mike Zunino, Florida
Previous winners were:
2011 Jake Lowery, James Madison University
2010 Bryan Holaday, Texas Christian University
2009 J.T. Wise, University of Oklahoma
2008 Buster Posey, Florida State University
2007 Edward Easley, Mississippi State University
2006 Jake Smith, East Carolina University
2005 Jeff Clement, University of Southern California
2004 Kurt Suzuki, Cal State Fullerton
2003 Ryan Garko, Stanford University
2002 Jeremy Brown, University of Alabama
2001 Kelly Shoppach, Baylor University
2000 Brad Cresse, Louisiana State University