Moore Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List

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– K-State’s Tyler Moore was added to the 2016 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced. The Johnny Bench Award, presented by Baseball Savings, is annually given to the top Division I collegiate catcher.

Moore was one of 13 players added to the award’s 87-person watch list, with the additional group including fellow Big 12 catchers Michael Tinsley (KU) and Ray Guerrini (West Virginia). The watch list, which will add other candidates until May 3, will be narrowed down to semifinalists on May 18 and finalists on June 6 before announcing the winner on June 30.

A native of Shawnee, Kansas, Moore is currently second on K-State in home runs, RBI and batting average as he is hitting .327 (36-for-110) with three home runs and 25 RBI in 31 games. In Big 12-only contests, the senior is 10th in the conference with a .375 clip and fifth with a .474 OBP. The senior has also thrown out 32 percent of attempted base stealers for the entire campaign.

For his K-State career, the Coffeyville CC and Mill Valley High School product is batting .312 (88-for-282) with 19 doubles, seven home runs and 56 RBI in 80 games.

Moore is the first K-State catcher to be named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List since Blair DeBord in 2013 and 2014. DeBord was a semifinalist in 2013.

K-State returns to play this weekend when it heads to West Virginia for a three-game series against the Mountaineers. Game one of the set is on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT.