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Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award

Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Finalists Announced

Wichita, KS – The Wichita Sports Commission announced today the finalists for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award. A selection committee made up of Division I Baseball Coaches, Sports Information Directors and Major League Scouts selected these three outstanding catchers from a list of 16 semifinalists announced on May 22.

These three catchers will be invited to Wichita, KS with the winner being announced June 26th during the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet and Buster Posey Award presentation. The National Collegiate Catcher of Year Award was established in 2000.

Buster Posey Award Finalists
Jacob Cozart, Jr. North Carolina State – Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) First Team
Walker Janek, Jr. Sam Houston – Conference USA (CUSA) Defensive Player of the Year
Ryan Stafford, Jr. Cal Poly – Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year


2024 Buster Posey Finalist Stats


The Greater Wichita Sports Banquet will be held at Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. Tickets go on sale to the public June 10. For updates on the events and tickets, visit wichitasports.com


About the Wichita Sports Commission

The Wichita Sports Commission is a facilitator, driving the collaborative efforts of the region in attracting and hosting a wide variety of local, regional, and national sporting events at the youth, amateur, and professional level. Since 1997, the Wichita Sports Commission has facilitated nearly 700 events in the Wichita area with a combined economic impact of over $600 million. The Sports Commission also owns and operates six community annual events, including the: Prairie Fire Race Series, NBC Baseball Foundation and World Series, Greater Wichita Sports Banquet featuring the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, Wichita Corporate Challenge and the annual Wichita Turkey Trot. The Sports Commission provides the experience and expertise in sports marketing and event management that has established our region.


Semifinalists Announced for the 2024 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award 


The Wichita Sports Commission has announced the Semifinalists for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award. The National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award honors the nation’s top Division I collegiate catcher as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors.

Nominations for 2024 included 69 individual athletes, 67 schools, and 25 different Division I Conferences. Out of those 69 athletes 16 were chosen as Semi-Finalists for this years award. Stats can be found below the list of Semifinalists.

2024 Buster Posey Award Semifinalists:

ArielArmasJuniorSan Diego
BurkeCamperSeniorUtah Valley
RyanCamposJuniorArizona State
JacobCozartJuniorNC State
WalkerJanekJuniorSam Houston
CalebLomavitaJuniorUC Berkeley
ColeMessinaJuniorSouth Carolina
RyanStaffordJuniorCal Poly

















2024 Buster Posey Award Semifinalist Stats

The 2024 winner will be announced on June 26th at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet. Three finalists will be invited to attend the banquet hosted by the Wichita Sports Commission. Voting for the three finalists will continue until June 4th and the three finalists will be announced June 6th.


  • May 8 – Last day for nominations 
  • May 22 – Semifinalists Announced 
  • June 6 – Finalists Announced 
  • June 26 – Award Presentation at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet 

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  • 2023 Semifinalists and Winner

    Kyle Teel, Virginia


    2023 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award
    Semifinalists Announced (Updated On May 22, 2023)

    The Wichita Sports Commission announced the thirteen semifinalists for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award. They are (in alphabetical order):

    Julian Brock, JR  Louisiana
    Bryan Broecker, SO  Michigan State
    Connor Burns, JR Long Beach State
    Ryan Campos, SO  Arizona State
    Weston Eberly, SR  Columbia
    Calvin Harris, JR  Ole Miss
    Travis Lott, JR  The Citadel
    David Melfi, SR  Wagner
    Jack Payton, JR  Louisville
    Luke Shliger, JR  Maryland
    Alex Smith, SR US Naval Academy
    Ryan Snell, SR  Lamar
    Kyle Teel, JR Virginia

    2023 Watch List (in alphabetical order)

    Diego Altamirano, JR South Alabama
    Cole Andrews, SR Ohio State
    Jackson Appel, SR  Pennsylvania
    Tate Ballestero, SR St. John’s
    Blake Barton, SO Belmont
    Derek Berg, JR  Army West Point
    Gray Betts, SR Liberty
    Caden Bodine, FR  Coastal Carolina
    Julian Brock, JR Louisiana
    Bryan Broecker, SO Michigan State
    Kevin Bruggeman, SR Hofstra
    Devin Burkes, SO Kentucky
    Connor Burns, JR Long Beach State
    Peter Burns, GR  Boston College
    Michael Campagna, SR San Francisco
    Burke Camper, JR Utah Valley
    Ryan Campos, SO  Arizona State
    Michael Carico, JR Davidson
    Owen Carapellotti, SO Georgetown
    Josh Caron, SO Nebraska
    John Cristino, SR Towson
    Jacob Cozart, SO  NC State
    Tyler Davis, JR Fresno State
    Jackson DeJohn, JR  St. Bonaventure
    Matt DePrey, JR Xavier
    Dallas Duarte, SR Hawai’i
    Weston Eberly, SR  Columbia
    Matthew Ellis, SR Indiana
    Cole Elvis, SR Kansas
    Tomas Frick, JR North Carolina
    Andrew Gonzales, JR  McNeese State
    Fernando Gonzalez, JR Georgia
    Luke Hancock, SR Mississippi State
    Calvin Harris, JR Ole Miss
    Nick Hassan, JR Kennesaw State
    Brandon Heidal, JR Oakland
    McGwire Holbrook, JR Florida State
    Jake Holland, JR  New Mexico
    Ty Hooks, SR  Winthrop
    Henry Hunter, SO UAB
    Cooper Ingle, JR Clemson
    Walker Janek, SO  Sam Houston State
    Ryan Johnson, SR  Pepperdine
    Adam Juran, JR Western Illinois
    Cody Kelly, JR Missouri State
    Josh Killeen, SR  UTSA
    Will King, JR Eastern Kentucky
    Nich Klemp, GR  Portland
    Tony Krueger, SR UMBC
    Nate LaRue, SR Auburn
    Bennett Lee, JR Wake Forest
    Dayne Leonard, SR West Virginia
    Caleb Lomavita, SO  UC Berkeley
    Luke Longo, SR NJIT
    Travis Lott, JR The Citadel
    JT Marr, SR College of Charleston
    Ben McCabe, R-SR  Central Florida
    Ryan McCrystal, SO East Carolina
    David Melfi, SR Wagner
    Cole Messina, SO   South Carolina
    Malcolm Moore, FR  Stanford
    Gustavo Nava Sanchez, SR Southern
    Aaron Parker, SO UC Santa Barbara
    Shane Paradine, SR Stony Brook
    Jack Payton, JR Louisville
    Raphael Pelletier, SO  Kansas State
    Ryan Proto, JR UMass Lowell
    Nelson Rivera, JR South Florida
    Julian Rojas, SR Radford
    Eduardo Rosario, SR Nebraska-Omaha
    Jack Rubenstein, SR  Georgia Tech
    Poncho Ruiz, JR San Diego State
    Angel Saldivar, JR Cal State Bakersfield
    Jason Schiavone, SO James Madison
    Luke Shliger, JR  Maryland
    Alex Smith, SR US Naval Academy
    Ryan Snell, SR Lamar
    Ryan Stafford, SO Cal Poly
    Alex Stone, JR Duke
    Evin Sullivan, SO Binghamton
    Blake Sutton, R-JR High Point
    Graysen Tarlow, R-SO  CSUN
    Kyle Teel, JR Virginia
    Jared Thomas, SR LMU
    Anthony Tulimero, JR Houston
    Tanner Tweedt, SR Abilene Christian
    Nathan Waugh, JR Cornell
    Jake Wright, SR Arkansas-Little Rock
    Hernan Yanez, SR Incarnate Word


Posey began his collegiate career as a shortstop, before moving to the catcher's position his sophomore year.

Who is Buster Posey?

Posey began his collegiate career as a shortstop, before moving to the catcher’s position his sophomore year. His junior season honors include: Johnny Bench Award, the Dick Howser Trophy, the Golden Spikes Award, and the 5th overall draft pick by the Giants.

During his major league career, Posey’s honors include: 3 world series titles,7 All-Star Game selections, 5 Silver Slugger Awards, 2010 National League Rookie of the Year, 2012 National League MVP, and 2016 Gold Glove Award winner.   ©2019 S.F. Giants



The most demanding and dangerous position on a baseball field is the one designated as “number 2” on a scorecard – the catcher. The role of catcher has evolved into a strategic part of the baseball game. Therefore, it is only fitting that the baseball community nationally recognizes the top collegiate catcher.

Previously known as the Johnny Bench Award, the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award honors the nation’s top division one collegiate catcher as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors.

2023 Kyle Teel, Virginia (Jack Payton, Louisville; Ryan Snell, Lamar)

2022 Kevin Parada, Georgia Tech (Michael Carico, Davidson; Zach Morgan, Fresno State)
2021 Matheu Nelson, Florida State
 (Henry Davis, Louisville, Andy Thomas, Baylor)
2020 Did not award due to COVID-19 and cancellation of baseball season.
2019 Adley Rutschman, Oregon State (Kyle McCann, Georgia Tech; Eric Yang, UC Santa Barbara
2018 Joey Bart, Georgia Tech (Alex Holderbach, Eastern Kentucky; Rey Pastrana, Marrshall)
2017 Matt Whatley, Oral Roberts (David Banuelos, Long Beach State; Brent Diaz, Louisiana Tech)
2016 Zack Collins, Miami (Logan Ice, Oregon State; Keith Skinner, North Florida)
2015 Garrett Stubbs, Southern California (Kade Scivicque, LSU; Matt Winn, VMI)
2014 Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State (Will Allen, Ole Miss; Kyle Schwarber, Indiana)
2013 Stuart Turner, Ole Miss (Mitchell Garver, New Mexico; Zane Evans, Georgia Tech)
2012 Mike Zunino, Florida (Kevin Plawecki, Purdue; Mitchell Garver, New Mexico)
2011 Jake Lowery, James Madison (Chris O’Brien, Wichita State; Mike Zunino, Florida)
2010 Bryan Holaday, TCU (Yasmani Grandal, Miami; Jose Iglesias, Coastal Carolina)
2009 JT Wise, Oklahoma (Chris Henderson, George Mason; Tony Sanchez, Boston College)
2008 Buster Posey, Florida St. (Jason Castro, Stanford; Dock Doyle, Coastal Carolina)
2007 Edward Easley, Mississippi St (Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech; Buster Posey, Florida St.)
2006 Jake Smith, East Carolina (Jeff Kunkel, Michigan; Eddy Rodriguez, Miami)
2005 Jeff Clement, Southern California (Nick Hundley, Arizona; Taylor Teagarden, Texas)
2004 Kurt Suzuki, CS Fullerton (Landon Powell, South Carolina; Chris Iannetta, North Carolina)
2003 Ryan Garko, Stanford (Tony Richie, Florida St.; Colt Morton, NC State)
2002 Jeremy Brown, Alabama (Chris Snyder, Houston; Alberto Concepcion, Southern California)
2001 Kelly Shoppach, Baylor (Casey Myers, Arizona State; Jeremy Brown, Alabama)
2000 Brad Cresse, LSU (Justin Cowan, Nebraska; Casey Myers, Arizona State)

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