Farnell named to Johnny Bench Award list

° Former SF Toro catcher hitting .276 with five RBIs for Murray State

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Posted 3/8/18

Murray State junior catcher Mike Farnell has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. The recognition is given annually to the top catcher in Division I baseball.

This season Farnell is...

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Farnell named to Johnny Bench Award list

° Former SF Toro catcher hitting .276 with five RBIs for Murray State

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MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State junior catcher Mike Farnell has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. The recognition is given annually to the top catcher in Division I baseball.

This season, Farnell is hitting .276 with five RBIs and has drawn six walks while scoring four runs. He has also been behind the plate for a pitching staff that boasts an ERA of 4.13, the second-lowest mark in the league so far this year. Farnell and the Racers return to action this weekend when SIU Edwardsville comes to Reagan Field for a three-game series beginning Friday (March 9) at 3 p.m.

While Bench is remembered for his offense, he may have had the greatest impact behind the plate. He was the first receiver to use a protective helmet in the field, popularized catching one-handed and kept his throwing hand behind his back to protect it from foul tips.

Bench's career honors include National League Rookie of the Year (1968); National League Most Valuable Player (1970, 1972); World Series Most Valuable Player (1976); 14-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner.

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