Marerro on Johnny Bench Award watch list

Elih Marrero

Elih Marrero

Mississippi State’s Elih Marrero was selected to the Johnny Bench Award watch list, one of only three freshman catchers to receive the recognition.

The Johnny Bench Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate catcher. Former Bulldog backstop Ed Easley claimed the honor in 2007.

Marrero, the son of former big league catcher Eli Marrero, has started nine of the 11 games in which he has appeared and thrown out three of the eight runners that have tried to steal against him. The 5-foot-7 switch hitter from Miami is batting .242 with three doubles, four runs batted in and a stolen base.

Marrero was selected in the 29th round of last year’s MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

Semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award will be selected on May 18, finalists on June 6 and a winner announced on June 30.

2016 Johnny Bench Award presented by Watch List

Riley Adams                         SO          University of San Diego

Dylan Alexander                 JR           Cal State Northridge

Bryndan Arredondo          JR           Lamar University

Danny Bermudez               SR           Western Carolina University

Ellis Bitar                              SO          Cornell University

Ben Breazeale                     JR           Wake Forest University

Cassidy Brown                    JR           Loyola Marymount University

Carlos Diaz                           JR           Jackson State University

Troy Dixon                           JR           St. John’s University

Cody Freund                        SO          Chicago State University

Cody Gaertner                     SR           Ohio University

Jason Goldstein                   SR           University of Illinois

Roger Gonzalez                   SR           Winthrop University

Richard Greene                   SR           Samford University

Mitchell Ho                           SR           Western Michigan University

Chris Hudgins                      SO          Cal State Fullerton

Lou Iannotti                         SR           Quinnipiac University

Logan Ice                              JR           Oregon State University

John Jennings                      SR           University of Massachusetts

Hunter Kopycinski            SR           Rice University

Jake Kusz                              JR           UNC Greensboro

Tyler Lawrence                  JR           Murray State University

Ryan Lidge                           JR           University of Notre Dame

Chase Livingston                SR           Rhode Island

Charlie Madden                  JR           Mercer University

Elih Marrero                        FR          Mississippi State University

Jeremy Martinez                 JR           University of Southern California

Jon Mayer                             SR           Bucknell University

Bryan McCafferty               JR           Longwood University

Matt Menard                        JR           Baylor University

Dominic Miroglio               JR           University of San Francisco

Joey Morgan                        SO          University of Washington

James Morisano                 SO          Saint Louis University

Sean Murphy                      JR           Wright State University

Nate Nolan                          JR           Saint Mary’s College of California

Chris Okey                           JR           Clemson University

Hagen Owenby                   SO          East Tennessee State University

Arden Pabst                         JR           Georgia Tech

Michael Papierski              SO          Louisiana State University

Cris Perez                          JR           Duke University

Gunner Pollman                 JR           Sacramento State University

Kevin Radziewicz              SO          Fairfield University

Cal Raleigh                          FR          Florida State University

Jean Ramirez                      SR           Illinois State University

Jarett Rindfleisch              JR           Ball State University

Joey Roach                          SR           Georgia State University

Jake Rogers                         JR           Tulane University

Erven Roper                       JR           College of Charleston

Chad Roskelly                    SO          Michigan State University

Bobby San Martin             SR           James Madison University

CJ Saylor                              JR           San Diego State University

JJSchwarz                            SO          University of Florida

Nick Sciortino                    JR           Boston College

Hayden Senger                  FR          Miami University

Brian Serven                      JR           Arizona State University

Evan Skoug                         SO          Texas Christian University

Will Smith                           JR           University of Louisville

Deon Stafford, Jr.               SO          Saint Joseph’s University

Gavin Stupienski                JR           UNC Wilmington

Tim Susnara                        SO          University of Oregon

Matt Thaiss                          JR           University of Virginia

Nick Thurman                     SR           UL Lafayette

Cameron Toole                    SR           McNeese State University

Josh Treff                              SR           Northeastern University

Gunnar Troutwine             SO          Wichita State University

Jessey Valdez                       SO          University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Chucky Vazquez                 SR           Lipscomb University

Woody Wallace                   SR           University of Cincinnati

Carson Waln                        JR           Wofford College

Jalen Washington               JR           Ohio State University

Travis Watkins                    JR           East Carolina University

Harrison  Wenson              JR           University of Michigan

Matt Whatley                       SO          Oral Roberts University

Johnny Zubek                       SR           Northern Illinois University

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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