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The Johnny Bench Awards

This awards program honors the top overall Collegiate Baseball & Softball catchers, as well as the top overall high school catchers from "Reds Country".

Award Information

Catching excellence.

For the first time since the event's inception in 2000, the Johnny Bench Awards presented by Krylon took place in Cincinnati, the permanent new home of the prestigious honor.

After 19 years honoring a single college baseball player, the Johnny Bench Awards expanded in their 20th year to include a top college softball winner as well as regional high school baseball and softball honorees from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.


Submit a Catcher

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Top baseball and softball high school catchers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, only.

All grades are considered. Criteria favors Division 1 athletes but all divisions are considered. Verified full season statistics must be submitted to ensure consideration.

If your school protects statistics through a website or app, such as Game Changer, your team will be asked to allow permission for Johnny Bench and/or Cincinnati Reds to access information.

The top five finalists are then given to Johnny to hand pick based on performance and previous accomplishments.

To ensure full considered, send full season statistics to at the end of season. Please only send stats and short descriptions. We have many catchers to consider and content longer than a single paragraph won't be reviewed.

2019 TOP NCA Catchers of the year


Adley Rutschman - Baseball

Adley Rutschman is a switch -itting catcher from Sherwood Oregon. Rutschman attended Oregon State University for three seasons winning a National Championship his sophomore season. Rutschman won multiple awards which include Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, College World Series Most Outstanding Player and PAC 12 All First-Team. Rutschman was the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles


Dejah Mulipola - Softball

Dejah Mulipola is a catcher from Garden Grove California. Mulipola attended Pacifica High School and pursued her softball career at Arizona University. Mulipola has been named to First Team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, NFCA First Team All-American, and USA Softball Player of the Year Top 26 Finalist. Mulipola is also a part of the USA National Softball Team and is a gold medal winner.

2019 High School Softball Catchers


Samantha Hackenbracht - Ohio

Massillon Washington High School

Ohio State University recruit. Ohio All State 2017, 2018. 42 HS Career Home Runs, 3rd All Time State of Ohio. Batting average .529 over 83 high schools games. She’s walked 70 times and has only struck out 22 times. OPS 1.797.


Riley Hull - Kentucky

Pulaski County High School

Mississippi State recruit. Ranked 85th high school softball player in the country, Class of 2021 (Extra Inning Softball). Led team in almost all offensive categories as Freshman. 2019 Class 3A All-State 2nd Team. 2019 Commonwealth Journal All-County Softball Player of the Year.


Grace Lorsung - Indiana

Cathedral High School

University of Indiana recruit. 2019 Marion County Coaches of Girls Sports Association All-City softball team. 2019 Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association 1st team All-State. 2019 ALL-USA IndyStar Softball Super Team.

Sophia Mikula

Sophia Mikula - West Virginia

Weir High School

West Virginia 2nd Team All-State. Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 5A 1st Team & All-Valley. Lettered three times in volleyball, basketball and softball.

2019 High School Basebal Catchers


Joseph Powell - Ohio

Mason High School

University of Cincinnati commit. Top ranked OH catcher by Perfect Game. USA Baseball Ohio Catcher Watchlist. 


Colin Burgess - Kentucky

Tates Creek High School

Wichita State recruit. #3 Catcher in Kentucky by Perfect Game. 2018 KY All State 2nd Team. Highest caught stealing rate among finalists. 2019 KHSAA State Champions.


Nate Webb - Indiana

Union County High School

Ohio Northern University recruit. 22 caught stealing and 22 runs scored in 24 games.3 sport athlete (Baseball, Basketball, Football). 2018 All Tri-Eastern Conference Baseball Team.


Caleb Taylor - West Virginia

Morgantown High School

Potomac State Junior College of WV commit. 2-way player as catcher and pitcher. Threw no hitter in regional playoffs. Plays HS and American Legion. WV Prep Baseball Report top catcher recruit