Two Big Ten catchers are on the initial watchlist for the 2009 Johnny Bench Award. Ohio State's Dan Burkhart and Indiana's Josh Phegley are both on the current list, which will continue to be revised until early May. Not surprisingly, the Bench Award is given to the best catcher in the country.
I have to come clean. I have no idea if this is old news or not. The list I've seen doesn't indicate the date on which it was released. The most notable absence from the Big Ten would be Illinois' Aaron Johnson. He merits consideration as one of the best backstops in the country.
The boys at the big programs are certainly going to get all the love, but the Big Ten representatives would appear to have a solid chance at winning this award in 2009.