CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia catcher Kyle Teel added to a growing number of accolades on Monday (May 22) after being named one of 13 semifinalists for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award.
Teel is the Cavaliers’ first semifinalist since UVA Baseball Hall of Famer and current Los Angeles Angels backstop, Matt Thaiss in 2016. Teel is now a semifinalist for three of the college baseball’s most prestigious awards – The Buster Posey Award, The Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award.
On Monday (May 22) he was named the ACC Player of the Year after leading the league in batting (.414) and total hits (91). His 23 doubles tie for both the ACC lead and the UVA single-season record. With the Posey Award emphasis on time spent behind the plate, no catcher in the country has been more durable that Teel with 113-straight starts for Virginia at the catcher position.
The finalists will be announced June 6, 2023. 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 on June 29, 2023.