Wichita, Kan. — Creighton Baseball junior Michael Emodi was named to the 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch List on Tuesday, March 6. It is the second consecutive season that Emodi has been on the initial Johnny Bench Award Watch List.
Mike closed his sophomore campaign with a .270 average, nine home runs, 39 RBI and 13 doubles. Emodi has started the 2018 season quickly with three home runs, 17 RBI and a .357 average in just 10 contests.
Ninety-seven catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches. 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.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.