FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas junior catcher James McCann has been named one of 13 semifinalists for the 2011 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John’s Pizza, as announced on Thursday afternoon.
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., McCann currently ranks second on the Razorbacks with a .312 batting average to go along with six home runs and 28 RBI in 50 games played, including 48 starts. McCann is second on the team in homers and third in RBI. McCann, who has hit safely in 37 games on the season, has 13 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI performances in 2011. He also has been an effective base runner on the season, stealing nine bases.
Defensively, McCann has been excellent behind the plate, committing just four errors on the season for a .990 fielding percentage. McCann has also thrown out 15 would-be base stealers on the season. With McCann catching, Arkansas pitchers have compiled a 3.29 team ERA and held opponents to a .244 batting average.
For his career, McCann has played in 158 games, with 141 starts, and has a .284 batting average with 16 homers and 73 RBI. McCann has committed just nine errors in his career and has a .993 fielding percentage.
The three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award will be announced on June 6, while the award will be presented on June 30 at the 14th annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet.