Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:21 PM
Two former backstops for the Oneonta Outlaws, Tom Murphy (Oneonta 2010) and David Roney (Oneonta 2011), have been selected to be part of the initial watch list for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award. The award is presented by the Greater Wichita Sports Commission to the top catcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Overall, 46 players are part of the watch list. To be eligible at the end of the 2012 season, a player must have served as the starting catcher for his team in 75% of their games played. The full watch list can be viewed at WichitaSports.com
University at Buffalo junior Tom Murphy (Oneonta 2010) continues to pile up honors. Murphy is part of USA Baseball’s preseason watch list for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award, he is a Baseball America 2012 Preseason All-American and he is the Mid-American Conference Preseason Player of the Year. The UB junior was the MAC Player of the Year as a sophomore. He batted .384, clubbed 10 home runs and pocketed 44 RBI. Behind the plate, Murphy threw out 19 runners attempting to steal and the backstop led all of the regulars on his team with a .981 fielding percentage (309 chances, six errors). Murphy, during his time with the Outlaws, was the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2010 All-Star Game.
Wofford University senior David Roney (Oneonta 2011) was part of a league championship squad last summer in Oneonta. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native cracked 28 hits in 30 games and drove in 10 runs for a side that recorded 29 victories in 44 regular season games. Last spring, Roney appeared in 54 games for the Southern Conference’s Wofford Terriers and he made 50 starts at catcher. The backstop led the team in walks (28) and he smashed four home runs, including a grand slam. Behind the plate, Roney put together a .988 fielding percentage which was second on the team by just .001. He committed only five errors in 400 chances and threw out 19 runners attempting to steal.