Michael Turner named semi-finalist for Buster Posey Catcher of the Year award

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In just one season, Arkansas catcher Michael Turner has made an impact on the program.

Not only has he become a fan favorite around Fayetteville, but he has caught the attention of those who have a say in who takes home national awards.

Turner, as well as 15 others, has been named semi-finalists for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced Tuesday.

In his only season as a Razorback, Turner has fielded at a .994 clip with 456 put outs and 35 assists. He has also thrown out 11 runners attempting to steal a base.

He has been a solid piece at the plate as well. Heading into regional play this weekend, Turner is second on the team with a .398 average, collecting 62 hits, seven home runs, and 37 RBI in 53 games.

According to the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, the organization who presents the award: key criterion in determining the semifinalists is that they must be the starting catcher for their team in 70% of the games, their batting average must be above .200 and have a minimum of 120 at bats.

Turner is one of three catchers from the SEC to be named semi-finalist for Catcher of the Year, joining Logan Tanner of Mississippi State, and BT Riopelle of Florida.

The top-3 finalist of the award will be announced on June 7. Those three finalist will then attend the award presentation on June 29 in Wichita, Kansas.

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