Carico Named Buster Posey Award Finalist
WICHITA, Kan. — Davidson catcher Michael Carico has been named a finalist for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has announced.
Carico, a sophomore from Kernersville, is one of three finalists, joining Georgia Tech sophomore Kevin Parada and Fresno State junior Zach Morgan. The winner will be announced at the 24th annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 29.
It’s the latest honor for Carico, who was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year and earned a spot on Collegiate Baseball’s All-American Second Team. The Wildcats’ leadoff hitter, he led the nation with a .559 on-base percentage and set multiple school records while helping Davidson win 43 games and the program’s first outright regular-season league title.
Along with the on-base percentage, he set Davidson single-season marks with 21 home runs, an .843 slugging percentage, 71 runs scored, 166 total bases, 43 extra-base hits and 26 hit-by-pitches.
Carico hit .406, which was second in the A-10 and seventh nationally, and led the conference in home runs, slugging percentage, hit-by-pitches and with 46 walks and a 1.402 OPS. He was third nationally in slugging percentage and seventh in average.
Carico also hit 21 doubles, drove in 57 runs and had 26 multi-hit games, including four four-hit performances. In 17 games, he drove in multiple runs, including a high of six in a two-homer game at Radford in April. He finished the season on a 15-game reached-base streak.
Behind the plate, he had a .995 fielding percentage in 364 chances and threw out eight would-be base-stealers in 18 tries.