Cal Catcher John Baker on Johnny Bench Watch List

March 27, 2002

WICHITA, KS - California junior catcher John Baker is one of 31 college catchers included on the Johnny Bench Award watch list, it was announced Mar. 20 by the The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

The watch list is compiled from information based on the 2001 season and 2002 preseason honors. The watch list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalist by May 15, 2002. Three finalists will be announced in June at the College World Series. A final vote will occur at the end of the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita, KS and the winner will be announced at the fifth annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet.

Baker is currently batting .300 (21-for-70, 4-2B, 3B, 2-HR, 9 RBI), but was hit by a pitch Mar. 12 against San Francisco, breaking a bone in his right hand and will be out approximately another week. Last season he batted .331 with 13 doubles, three home runs and 29 RBI. Baker was also Pac-10 Honorable Mention and a Cape Cod League All-Star this past summer.

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