Kapers Named to 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Kapers Named to 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Scott Kapers was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List on Thursday.

Valparaiso University sophomore catcher Scott Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) was named to the official 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch list on Thursday.

Kapers is one of only two Horizon League players on the list, joining Milwaukee junior Daulton Varsho. The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher.

The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, who will be announced on May 17. Three finalists will be announced on June 5 and the winner will be unveiled on June 29.

Kapers has cut down four of the six runners who have attempted to steal against him this season. He got his year off to a favorable offensive start when he launched a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the year on Feb. 17 at Western Kentucky.

Kapers threw out 32.7 percent of would-be base stealers last year as a freshman.

“He’s the best defensive catcher in the league,” Valpo head coach Brian Schmack said. “He was a game-changer for us last year. He controls the running game with his throws. He’s aggressive; he’s not afraid to back-pick. He’s a confident kid and he’s not afraid to voice his opinion, which is good because he’s usually correct.”

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