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MSU’s Broecker On Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award Watch List

MSU’s Broecker On Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award Watch List

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State catcher Bryan Broecker was tabbed to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award Watch List, announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Broecker, a sophomore from Chicago, Ill., is one of four Big Ten catchers on the 65-player list, joined by Ohio State senior Cole Andrews, Nebraska sophomore Josh Caron, Indiana senior Matthew Ellis, as well as only one of 10 sophomores on the list. 

“Bryan is an outstanding leader, and he is an extremely hard worker, who just continues to get better and better,” MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “Last season, he led the Big Ten by throwing out 22 potential base-stealers, and had a very good year behind the plate for us last year and we expect that to continue into the 2023 season.”

Last season, Broecker was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and was the Spartans’ primary catcher all season, leading the B1G in caught stealing by nabbing 22 stolen base attempts, six more than the second spot. In B1G only action, Broecker threw out 11 base stealing attempts, also leading the league and posting three more than the number two spot. 

At the plate, Broecker hit .271 overall, ranking tied for fifth on the team, as well as fourth on the team in runs scored (31) and fifth in hits (48), along with third in hit by pitch (7).

This season, Broecker already leads the B1G with nine caught stealing, including two at Charleston Southern on March 4 and three more vs. Air Force on March 6. The nine caught stealing by is four more than the next-best mark in the B1G.  Broecker is also hitting .302 at the plate with two HR, one triple and one double, logging eight RBI.

Michigan State baseball makes its first-ever trip to Terre Haute, Indiana this weekend then the Spartans square off with the Sycamores of Indiana State in a three-game series, slated for Friday-Sunday, March 17-19 at ISU’s Bob Warn Field. The weekend schedule is subject to change based on inclement weather in the forecast. The series is scheduled to open on Friday at 3 p.m. ET, with game two slated for Saturday at 2 p.m., before wrapping up on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.

MSU will then play its first game in the state of Michigan on March 22, heading to Kalamazoo to meet in-state foe Western Michigan. The Spartans then host their home opener at McLane Stadium at Kobs…

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