Former Dog named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List

Yesterday marked an exciting day for the SwampDogs, as Murray State junior Mike Farnell was named to the official watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, which recognizes the top catcher in Division I baseball.

Farnell, who is in his first year at Murray State after two All-State seasons at East Mississippi Community College, was one of the SwampDogs’ primary backstops last year. Over the course of 27 games with Fayetteville, 23 of which were starts, Farnell hit .200 with two homeruns and 11 runs batted in while thwarting four stolen base attempts from behind the dish.

Farnell is off to a solid start for the Racers this spring, with an impressive .405 on-base percentage through his first 10 games.

The Bench Award is named after the Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, who won two World Series in 17 years with the Cincinnati Reds. The 14-time All-Star’s individual accolades include a Rookie of the Year Award, two Most Valuable Player Awards, and 10 Gold Glove Awards.