WICHITA, Kan. - The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has announced that
UMES catcher Brandon Schott has been placed on the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch
The Johnny Bench Award, started in 2000, is given each year to the top catcher in
Division I college baseball. The list will be cut to semifinalists on May 16th, with the
finalists being chosen on June 4th. The winner of the award, voted on by the Division I
coaches, will be announced on June 27th at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet.
Schott (Warren, Pa.) is in his second year with UMES after transferring from Allegany
College of Maryland. Currently, the senior is batting .293 with a team-best five doubles,
driving in seven runs. He is also second on the team in slugging at .415.
"He is working extra hard with just two active catchers right now, doing his work and
also helping with bullpen sessions," says UMES head coach Pedro Swann. "With his
work ethic, he is very deserving of the nomination.
To be eligible for nomination, players had to participate in at least 75% of games at
catcher the previous season. Last year, in his first season with the Hawks, Schott was
named a team captain and hit .266 with nine doubles, a home run and 23 RBI.
Schott is the only player from the MEAC and the state of Maryland that was nominated
for the list. He is one of 48 catchers currently nominated for the award.
The award is named after Johnny Bench, a member of the National Baseball Hall of
Fame after a 17-year career as a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds.
Schott and the Hawks will begin conference play this coming weekend, taking on Coppin
State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Princess Anne.