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Buster Posey



Buster Posey


Posey in July 2010


San Francisco Giants – No. 28


Catcher


Born: March 27, 1987 (age 24)
Leesburg, Georgia


Bats: Right

Throws: Right


MLB debut


September 11, 2009 for the San Francisco Giants


Career statistics
(through 2011 season)


Batting average

.294


Home runs

22


Runs battedin

88


Teams


San Francisco Giants (2009-present)


Career highlights and awards


World Series Champion (2010)
NL Rookie of the Year (2010)
Players Choice Awards NL Outstanding Rookie (2010)
1× NL Player of the Month
1× NL Player of the Week
Golden Spikes Award (2008)
Johnny Bench Award (2008)


Posey playing catcher with the Giants in September 2010Gerald Dempsey "Buster" Posey III[1] (born March 27, 1987) is a catcher for the San Francisco Giants. He was drafted by the Giants fifth overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Posey worked his way through the Giants' farm system in his first two seasons of professional baseball, advancing to its AAA affiliate. He made his major league debut on September 11, 2009, and after playing athird of the 2010 season in the minors, was called up to the Giants on May 29, becoming the team's starting catcher on June 30. In July 2010 he earned both NL Player of the Month and NL Rookie of the Month honors. He was also named the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year.


Contents
[hide] 1 Early years
2 College career
3 Professional career 3.1 Draft and minor leagues
3.2 MajorLeague career

4 Personal
5 References
6 External links

Early years

Posey is the eldest of four children of Gerald "Demp" Dempsey II and Traci Posey.[1] He attended Lee County High School in Leesburg, Georgia. While there he was the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, Louisville Slugger State Player of the Year, and an EA Sports All-American.[2]

College career

Posey playedcollege baseball for the Florida State Seminoles under coach Mike Martin. He began his freshman year at FSU playing shortstop, starting all 65 games for the Seminoles, and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He finished his freshman season with a .346 batting average, four home runs and 48 RBIs.[3] As a sophomore, he moved from shortstop to catcher on the suggestion of assistantcoach Mike Martin, Jr.[4] He batted .382 with three home runs and 65 RBIs. After just one season of playing the position, Posey was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, awarded to the best catcher in college baseball. He would end up finishing behind Edward Easley of the Mississippi State Bulldogs.[5]

In 2008, as a junior, he hit .463 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs, won the Johnny Bench Awardand was named the 2008 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year.[6][7] On May 12, 2008, he played all nine fielding positions in a game against Savannah State, including pitcher where he struck out both batters he faced.[8][9] On June 14, 2008, Posey was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy, and on July 16, 2008, he won the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the best player in amateur baseball.During the college offseason, Posey started at shortstop on the 2006 Cape Cod Baseball League championship team for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and started as the catcher on the 2007 championship team as well.[10]

[edit] Professional career

[edit] Draft and minor leagues

Posey was considered the best catcher available in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[11] He was drafted by the SanFrancisco Giants with the fifth overall pick.[12] On August 15, 2008, the Giants signed Posey shortly before the signing deadline for draftees, giving him a $6.2 million bonus, the largest up-front bonus in MLB draft history at the time.[13] He was invited to the Giants Spring Training in 2009. Following 2009 Spring Training, Posey was assigned to the San Francisco Giants Class A Affiliate San...
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