Best catcher in college baseball: Nelson claims Posey, Bench awards

Matheu Nelson said he grew up watching baseball and remembers seeing Buster Posey play at Florida State. Nelson now has won the Buster Posey Award, which is presented to the top college catcher.

“What an honor,” Nelson posted on Twitter. “Thank you @Wichita_Sports for helping this kids dream come true. I am beyond proud to wear the Garnet and Gold along with etching my into history with some legends. “Happiness doesn’t come from success, success comes from happiness.’ “

Nelson’s list of awards continue to rack up: On Thursday night he received the Posey Award and Johnny Bench Award. Among his many honors, Nelson has been named ACC player of the year and Perfect Game’s player of the year.

He is also a unanimous All-American. Nelson has been projected as the No. 29 overall pick in MLB.com’s mock draft.

The redshirt sophomore hit .330 with a .436 on-base percentage and 23 home runs and 66 RBI.

Nelson’s honors

Buster Posey Award

Johnny Bench Award

Perfect Game player of the year

ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC

NCBWA District Player of the Year and First Team All-American

Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American

D1baseball.com First Team All-American

ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region

Finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (best all-around player)

Semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (best all-around player)

No. 54 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 Draft Prospects