FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - After carrying more than the lion's share of work behind the plate as a sophomore, Arkansas catcher is expected to be one of the best offensive catchers in the country.
D1Baseball.com named the Fayetteville native third team preseason All-American on Thursday.
Koch started 63 games while hitting 13 home runs while posting a .264 average while driving in 42 runs. The junior had 15 multi-hit games and drove in multiple runs in 11 different contests.
After the season, Koch became the second Arkansas catcher to be named first team All-SEC and was the only backstop in the conference to be named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which is given to the nation's best catcher.
Arkansas starts their season on Feb. 16 as they host Bucknell.