QUEENS, N.Y. - In the midst of a stellar season for the No. 20 St. John’s Red Storm, senior catcher Troy Dixon has been named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com.
Dixon, who ranks second among Division I catchers with a .378 batting average, is one of just 15 semifinalists around the nation for the award, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate backstop. Finalists for the award will be announced on June 5, with the final vote occurring during the College World Series.
A two-time All-BIG EAST selection as a sophomore and junior, Dixon has been having his best season as a member of the Red Storm in 2017, hitting .378 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 31 RBIs in 40 appearances, 34 of which have been starts. A two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week this season, Dixon is slugging .519 and reaching base at a .451 clip, helping the Red Storm secure the nation’s third best winning percentage with a record of 38-8 entering the final series of the regular season. The Egg Harbor Township, N.J., native has recorded 15 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI efforts on the campaign, the latter of which ranks second on the squad.
Dixon came back to Queens for his senior year on the heels of winning the batting title and MVP of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Dixon and the Red Storm return to action tomorrow, playing host to Villanova in the first of three games at Jack Kaiser Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.