June 12, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University junior Casey Myers has been selected as one of three finalists for the inaugural Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award.
This award will be presented by Hall of Famer Johnny Bench on June 20 at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet in Wichita, Kan., to the nation's top collegiate catcher, as voted on by a panel of sportswriters, sportscasters, Division I coaches and professional scouts. Myers, Nebraska's Justin Cowan and Brad Cresse of Louisiana State were chosen from a list of the top 41 catchers in the nation, which was narrowed down to 10 semi-finalists on May 16.
Myers helped lead ASU to its first conference title since 1993 with a team-leading .412 batting average, 18 home runs and 97 RBI. The Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year, he also earned first team All-America recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association second team status from both Collegiate Baseball and USA Today/Baseball Weekly. In addition, Myers, who carries a 4.0 GPA in Mathematics, was named the GTE Academic All-American of the Year for baseball and is a candidate for Baseball America's National Player of the Year award. On June 6 the Casa Grande, Ariz., native was a 30th-round draft choice of the Milwaukee Brewers.