Casey Myers Named Finalist For Johnny Bench Award

June 8, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior All-American catcher Casey Myers has been named one of three finalists for the prestigious Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher. Myers, who led ASU in hitting with a .395 batting average and seven home runs, was also a finalist for the national award in 2000.

The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced the three finalists today for the 2nd annual award that is voted on by a panel of sportswriters, sportscasters, Division I coaches and scouts. Myers, along with Baylor's junior backstop Kelly Shoppach and Alabama's Jeremy Brown, have all been invited to Wichita for the 4th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 19, 2001 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel to find who will win the award. LSU's standout catcher and current Arizona Diamondback farmhand Brad Cresse won the inaugural award last year.

In addition to hitting .395 and belting seven home runs during his senior year of 2001, Myers capped a stellar ASU career by becoming only the third Sun Devil in history to reach 300 career hits (313) and fell just eight RBI short of matching the ASU and Pac-10 career record of 283 set by former Sun Devil Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99).

Myers, who started all 58 games behind the dish for ASU in 2001 and made 211 starts in his four years in the Maroon and Gold, was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the ninth round of Tuesday's Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft and is scheduled to report to the Single-A Vancouver Canadians in the Northwest League next week.

2001 Johnny Bench Award Finalists:Jeremy Brown	Alabama	JuniorCasey Myers	Arizona State	SeniorKelly Shoppach	Baylor	Junior

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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