Joel Buchko Selected to the NCCAA All-American First Team
May 23, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
GREENVILLE, S.C.- Joel Buchko set a new standard for first-year Palm Beach Atlantic baseball players in 2013 with his impressive offensive statistics and production from the catching position. His good work on the diamond was recognized again this week when he was named to the NCCAA All-American first-team at catcher.
A native of Lancaster, Pa. and a transfer from Cecil College, Buchko led the Sailfish offense from the all-important position of catcher. He is the first PBA player to be named to the NCCAA All-American listing since Vasilios Mila following the 2009 season.
Blessed with a quick bat and a run-producers mentality, Buchko quickly settled into the role of clutch hitter and team leader on the field this season. He finished with a team-best .367 batting average while collecting 15 doubles, four homeruns and 32 runs batted in as a junior.
His 61 total hits were second on the club while scoring 32 runs and drawing 26 walks to aide his All-American resume.
His solid work behind the plate resulted in only four errors with a .983 fielding percentage as he assisted in the improvement of the PBA pitching staff as well.
A durable and reliable receiver, Buchko played in 49 of the team’s 51 games while making a total of 44 starts either behind the plate or as the team’s designated hitter.