On Monday afternoon, Louisiana Tech Junior catcher Brent Diaz was named one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
The right-handed slugger has already been named an all-American by Collegiate Baseball and earned first team all-Conference USA honors.
Diaz ended the regular season, hitting at a .340 clip with 48 runs driven in. The Miami native also ranks top-10 in the country in hit-by-pitch with a school record 20 thus far. Diaz has nine home runs and 19 doubles, while behind the dish he is gunning down runners at over a 45-percent rate.
Diaz is the only Johnny Bench Award Finalist in the history of the Louisiana Tech Baseball program.
Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 5, 2017. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 20th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 29, 2017.