WSU's catching history is rich with future big-leaguers such as Charlie O'Brien and Doug Mirabelli. Chris O'Brien, Charlie's son, joins the ranks of top statistical seasons by a Shocker catcher with his 2011 numbers.
1982: Charlie O'Brien
O'Brien, an All-American, helped WSU to a 73-14 record and a runner-up finish in the College World Series with a .359 batting average, a team-leading 25 home runs and 116 RBIs. He played 15 seasons in the majors and built a reputation as top defensive catcher.
1989: Eric Wedge
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Wedge was a Golden Spikes and R.E. "Bob" Smith award finalist on WSU's national champions. He hit .380 with a .738 slugging percentage, 23 home runs and 99 RBIs, leading the team in all categories. He earned MVC Player of the Year, NCAA West II Regional and CWS all-tournament honors. He is manager of the Seattle Mariners.
1992: Doug Mirabelli
Mirabelli, a second-team All-American, hit .356 with a .558 slugging percentage, 10 home runs and 65 RBIs for a CWS team. He played 12 seasons in the majors. His .994 fielding percentage ranks fourth among WSU catchers.
1999: Brian Preston
Preston led WSU with 23 home runs, batting .299 with a .611 slugging percentage. He drove in 59 runs and his .993 fielding percentage is tied with Wedge for fifth at WSU. He is the lone Shocker to homer four times in a game, doing so at Missouri. Preston made the Wichita Regional all-tournament team.
2010: Cody Lassley
Lassley improved his batting average from .270 as a junior to .366 in 2010, joining Wedge as catchers to lead the team in hitting. An All-MVC pick, Lassley tied for team lead with 11 home runs and drove in 46 runs.
Ahead of the pack
Chris O'Brien finished the regular season with a .412 batting average, with Tyler Grimes second at .304. The largest gaps between WSU's top hitters since 1978:
1. Tim Raley, .412
2. Mark Stand ford, .341
1. Bob Bomerito, .431
2. Matt Yeager, .363
1. Brian Burgamy, .400
2. Randy Walter, .365
1. Damon Sublett, .394
2. Conor Gillaspie, .352