WITCHITA, Kan. – Coastal Carolina Junior Catcher BT Riopelle has been added to the watch list for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year 2021, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission said.
Formerly known as the Johnny Bench Award, the renamed Buster Posey Award honors the nation’s best college catcher in one season.
Riopelle leads the Chanticleers this season with 213 games played with 0.316. He is third on the team with 24 base hits, including three home runs and five doubles, has driven nine RBIs and scored 10 runs. He’s previously reported a slugging percentage of 0.500 and a base percentage of 0.435 while stealing six bags.
Behind the plate, he threw out 11 potential base thefts and picked up a runner.
A total of 69 catchers were nominated for the award by their schools. As the award is given annually to the top division college catcher, the list will be updated to include additional candidates through May 5, 2021.
The watch list will be limited to the semi-finalists, who will be announced on May 20, 2021. The ballot papers will be sent to the national voting committee at the end of May for a vote on the three finalists. The finalists will be announced on June 7, 2021. A final national committee vote will take place during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at a time to be determined.
As the Buster Posey Award seeks to honor the best college catcher in a season, a 2020 recipient has not been named due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the college baseball season.
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