CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia graduate student Logan Michaels (DeForest, Wis.) was included on the initial 69-member watch list for the 2021 Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award. The honor is annually bestowed on the top Division I collegiate catcher.

Michaels has started all 12 games at catcher for the Cavaliers in 2021 and 17 of the 18 games in an abbreviated 2020 season. At the plate, Michaels is 11-for-41 (.268) with four RBI and a team-best 10-runs scored. In his three seasons at UVA, he’s statistically been one of the toughest hitters in the ACC to strikeout. His 0.42 strikeouts per game this season are the sixth-fewest amongst his ACC cohorts.

Michaels serves as Virginia’s team captain after he was the recipient of the Billy Word Memorial Award as the team’s MVP in 2020. He has appeared in 75 games in his three years in Charlottesville and holds a .305 career batting average. In 2019, his first year with the team, he was the ACC’s toughest batter to strikeout (11.3 AB/K).

The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 20, 2021. Ballots will be sent to the national voting committee at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 7, 2021. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at a date that is yet to be determined.