Jeremy Martinez Named a Semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award|
May 18, 2016
LOS ANGELES – USC junior catcher Jeremy Martinez becomes the second Trojan in as many years to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.
Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) follows in the footsteps of Garrett Stubbs, who won the award in 2015. Overall, Martinez becomes the third Trojan to be named a semifinalist for the honor, joining Stubbs and Jeff Clement, who won the award in 2005.
Martinez has started at catcher in 47 of the 49 games he has played this season, throwing out 22 of 52 would-be base stealers so far this season. Martinez has also been calling games when teammate Kyle Davis pitches. The junior, the most polished Trojan hitter, ranks second on the team with an impressive .376 batting average. He has driven in 37 RBI, good for second-most on the team. He tallied five home runs, slugging .554 for the year. He has drawn 17 walks and he is the 16th-toughest hitters to strike out nationally, only striking out once every 18.1 at bats.
One key criteria in determining the semifinalists is that they must be the starting catcher for their team in 75% of the games.
Ballots will be 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 6, 2016. 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 19th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 30, 2016.