Bandy a Semifinalist for Bench Award
May 19, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona sophomore catcher Jett Bandy is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced today. Bandy is one of two sophomores in the group that also includes seven juniors and seven seniors.
A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bandy has started all 49 games for the Wildcats, including 42 behind the plate. He is hitting .365 on the season with a Pac-10 leading 20 doubles to go with five home runs and 38 RBI. Bandy’s .365 batting average and .457 on base percentage rank No. 8 in the Pac-10, respectively. His 49 runs scored on the season checks in No. 4 in the conference while he has been hit by a pitch a league-leading 18 times.
For his career, Bandy has hit .334 in 96 games played. He has scored 73 runs and collected 77 RBI, while blasting 41 doubles and nine home runs. He has been hit by a pitch 32 times, which is the fourth-best ever for a UA player. He has walked 32 additional times and has struck out just 39 times in 353 at bats.
Nomination forms were emailed to all division one baseball programs in January. Catchers that were nominated by their schools were on the watch list. A selection committee of twenty individuals narrowed the watch list down to the semifinalists.
Statistics will now be compiled on each of the semifinalists and sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 2, 2010 prior to the NCAA Regionals and Major League Baseball Draft.
A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 13th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on July 1, 2010.