Baseball's Chapman Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Junior backstop leads Colonials with two home runs
WASHINGTON - George Washington baseball junior Brandon Chapman has been named to the Watch List for the 2017 Johnny Bench Award, which is awarded to the nation's top Division I catcher based on athletic ability, sportsmanship, team leadership and character.
Eighty-five catchers were nominated for the award, which is bestowed annually by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.
Five of Chapman's nine hits this season have gone for extra bases. He leads the Colonials with two home runs and has totaled three doubles across 13 games this season.
Defensively, he boasts a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and has thrown out two attempted base stealers in the young season.
Now in his third season as GW's starting catcher, Chapman has appeared in 117 games to date with 113 starts.
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced on May 17. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine three finalists. The winner will be announced during the College World Series at the 20th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 29.
Chapman joins fellow Atlantic 10 catchers Jake Sidwell (Davidson), Deon Stafford (Saint Joseph's), James Morisano (Saint Louis), Brandon Johnson (Richmond) and Justin Bardwell (Fordham) on the watch list.
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