Graskewicz Named to Johnny Bench Watch List

Chase Graskewicz

March 10, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State sophomore catcher Chase Graskewicz was named to the 2011 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award Watch List, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced Thursday.

The award, given annually to the nation's top catcher, is in its 12th year of existence. Graskewicz, K-State's first ever candidate for the honor, was one of 42 catchers nationally on the watch list and one of three from the Big 12, joining Texas A&M's Kevin Gonzalez and Oklahoma's Tyler Ogle.

In his first season as the full-time catcher, Graskewicz is hitting .333 (7-for-21) with a double and four RBI in eight games. He has also drawn five walks and been hit by one pitch to hold a .448 on-base percentage.

Behind the plate, Graskewicz has been perfect on all of his 62 total fielding chances and has thrown out five runners, including three last weekend against Western Illinois.

Graskewicz excelled in a limited role as a freshman last year, hitting .359 (23-for-64) with one home run and 14 RBI. He started 16 total games, including five behind the plate, while served as the designated hitter for the final 10 games of the season, hitting .424 with five RBI over that stretch.

Kansas State returns to action on Friday as the Wildcats begin a four-game series against Long Island. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m., at Tointon Family Stadium.