Catcher Gibbs Among Bench Award Candidates

LSU catcher Micah Gibbs
LSU catcher Micah Gibbs
Steve Franz
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU junior catcher Micah Gibbs has been named to the Watch List for the 2010 Johnny Bench Award by the Greater Wichita (Kan.) Area Sports Commission.

Fifty-three catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches.  Because the award is given annually to the top NCAA Division I catcher, the list will be updated to include other candidates until May 5.

Gibbs, a 2010 preseason all-American, is off to a strong start this season, batting .385 (10-for-26) through seven games with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI and four runs. His solo homer in the eighth inning versus McNeese State on February 24 broke a 1-1 tie and lifted LSU to a 2-1 victory.

Gibbs was named to the 2009 Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team as one of college baseball's top defensive players. The product of Pflugerville, Texas, was also voted to the SEC All-Defensive Team by the league coaches.

Gibbs batted  .294 last season with 16 doubles, two triples, six homers, 42 RBI and 58 runs. He helped lead the Tigers to the national championship by hitting .357 in the College World Series with three RBI and six runs scored.

Gibbs recorded a .989 fielding percentage during the '09 season, committing only seven errors. He threw out 22 runners attempting to steal and was charged with just four passed balls.

Former LSU catcher Brad Cresse won the Johnny Bench Award in 2000. Eleven former Johnny Bench Award finalists are currently playing in Major League Baseball.





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