CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois junior Jason Goldstein was added to the official watch list for the 2015 Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com, announced the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission this week. Goldstein, who is hitting .281 with six home runs and 32 RBI, calls games for the Illini pitching staff, which ranks in the top four in the nation in four major categories.
Illinois pitchers rank No. 3 in walks allowed per nine innings (1.95) and No. 4 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.87), WHIP (1.08) and ERA (2.31). Goldstein has helped the Illini set a school record with their current 21-game winning streak, which is the longest active streak in the nation.
Goldstein is tied for third in the Big Ten with 13 caught stealing and tied for sixth with six homers and a team-high 15 doubles. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in his career on April 7.
The Johnny Bench Award is presented annually to college baseball's top catcher. The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission created the award in 2000 and dedicated it to Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. Division I coaches vote annually for the finalists and during the College World Series the national selection committee elects the winner.